Roading information angst
Manakau residents are angry and upset after an information meeting held to update them on shortlisted road options fell short of their expectations.
The New Zealand Transport Agency recently released its shortlist of nine options for the $100 million-plus taki to north of Levin roading project, which will connect to the Ka¯piti expressway.
At an information meeting in Manakau on Saturday, residents voiced frustration that maps more than four years old were being used to show people where the road options would go.
This meant houses built in recent years were not visible on the maps.
The shortlisted options, which all begin at Taylors Rd, north of
taki, and end just north of Levin, have been opened to the public for feedback.
Last month, the transport agency sent letters to landowners whose properties fell within the 300-metre corridor of one or more of the proposed options.
Emma Baillie, 32, is one of those residents.
Baillie and her partner are building a new home behind Manakau village, an area where a lot of young families are trying to establish their homes.
The cladding has just started going up on their house and already Baillie was wondering if their forever home had turned into a temporary one.
‘‘[The agency] said the S6 [option] is their preferred, which is the one that affects the most people, but it’s the cheapest and fastest.’’
S6 would affect Baillie the most, as the road would run directly in front of their house.
This would take out their view of Mt Taranaki and Ka¯piti Island and would mean other new houses in the area get bowled to make way for the road.
Baillie said she didn’t understand this logic. ¯ O
‘‘They talk about the fact we in Horowhenua. answers from different people.’’ Monday on our website.’’ are in a housing crisis, but here All of this history is threatened Agency director of regional Horowhenua mayor Michael are people building their new if the S6 option is selected. relationships Emma Speight said Feyen said recent accidents and homes and now they are getting The transport agency officials were encouraged by the road closures demonstrate the ready to get rid of them.’’ organised for an archeologist to turnout at the Manakau inforneed for the project – both from a
Greg Gilpin owns a home on go through the house, which mation meeting and they very local and national perspective – as North Manakau Rd, which is Gilpin hoped would make a differmuch appreciated the feedback New Zealand needed a resilient right in the middle of the ence. they received. and safe State Highway 1. proposed S6 route. ‘‘I will be absolutely devastated Speight said the large map on ‘‘State Highways 1 and 57 are
His home was built in 1890s, if it goes through there. We have display was intended as a guide high-crash zones and traffic one of the original ones in the to preserve our history.’’ and was the most recent highcounts are growing. Our comarea. Gilpin was unhappy with the resolution photo available that munity wants to be, and feel, safe,
But this road will go right transport agency’s reliance on old would allow the level of detail both in our towns and out on the through it. maps to show people where the required to identify land features. highways.’’
The homestead is surrounded roads would be going, as housing ‘‘A more recent aerial image, Horizons Regional Council by old trees and Gilpin said one of in the areas had increased in with less resolution, including chair Bruce Gordon said he was them, at the front of the¯house,theOisrecentyears.propertyboundaries,willbepleasedtosee taki to north of apparently the most notable tree ‘‘People are getting different available to download from Levin road was advancing.
Sam Thompson with partner Emma Baillie and their child Max, beside the house they are building in Eastern Rise, Manakau. The S6 road option would go in front of their home.