South Waikato News - - Conversations - Abra­ham Cox, Toko­roa

Toko­roa is in a straight line be­tween Wait­omo Caves and Ro­torua.

Hun­dreds of tour coaches travel be­tween the two at­trac­tions each day, but none of them pass through Toko­roa.

Daily pres­sure should be put on par­lia­ment to build a di­rect route be­tween those two top at­trac­tions.

Un­re­lent­ing ef­fort should be put into push­ing for con­nect­ing Ma­maku Sth Rd di­rectly with Utuhina or Otonga Rds in Ro­torua.

This would slice the dis­tance in half be­tween Toko­roa and Ro­torua via Mos­sop Rd.

Even just the Tok-ro­torua link would make it per­fectly fea­si­ble for coaches to come via Old Taupo Rd bring­ing thou­sands of tourists to lunch in Toko­roa.

Ar­riv­ing in town along Bridge St would also open up need for an al­ter­na­tive bus stand, per­haps by Pock­ets. It would also en­tice Man­gakino district folk to travel via Toko­roa to Ro­torua.

Toko­roa busi­nesses need not fear from the Ro­torua link, as our town would be­come an elite sub­urb of Ro­torua, a smell-free, ther­mal-threat-free place.

Many would re­side in Toko­roa and am­ble to work in Ro­torua.

I put this to Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil four years ago and they showed their con­tempt for Toko­roa by not show­ing the least in­ter­est.

Ro­torua be­ing over their bor­der it was to­tally out of any con­sid­er­a­tion from them.

We would be bet­ter off in Bay of Plenty Re­gion.

Ro­torua des­per­ately needs that con­nec­tion to be made with us, as most of their res­i­dents may well need that es­cape route, the only exit not pass­ing ther­mal ac­tiv­ity. Push that an­gle. If th­ese links are not made, our largest rate of de­cline in Waikato re­gion will just con­tinue.

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