Mis­take ac­knowl­edged, acted upon

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU mata­mata.edi­tor@wrcn.co.nz

Mata­mata Maori lan­guage teacher and el­der Will Mur­ray said the New Zealand Trans­port Agency needed to be com­mended for ac­knowl­edg­ing a mis­take was made.

Mr Mur­ray ap­proached the Chron­i­cle ex­press­ing his dis­ap­point­ment about an ‘‘s’’ be­ing put on the end of the word Kaimai on signs at the foot of the Kaimai Range.

‘‘I had so much sup­port from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, and might I add that they were ma­jor­ity non-Maori too,’’ he said.

‘‘ I’m ex­tremely happy that they have de­cided to change the signs.’’

NZTA’s Adam Fran­cis said in re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle in the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle on April 2, 2013 ti­tled: ‘‘The fact is Kaimai has no ‘s’ nor will it’’, the Western Bay of Plenty Road Safety Com­mit­tee would like to apol­o­gise for any of­fence caused for the in­cor­rect spell­ing on the bill­board.

‘‘ The Western Bay of Plenty Joint Road Safety Com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing of the [NZTA], Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil, Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil, Tau­ranga City Coun­cil, ACC and New Zealand Po­lice, meant no dis­re­spect with in­stalling the bill­board,’’ Fran­cis said.

‘‘ This was in­stalled

as part of the se­ries of bill­boards mak­ing up the ‘Just the Facts’ road safety cam­paign cov­er­ing SH29 from the Kaimai Range through to Tau­ranga.

‘‘ These em­pha­sise to driv­ers the need to be aware of their driv­ing con­di­tions and to keep speeds down, and help lower the num­ber of crashes that oc­cur along this sec­tion of state high­way.’’

The bill­boards with the in­cor­rect ref­er­ence are cur­rently be­ing re­moved and re­placed with new ones.

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