Joint roading partnership disbanded
Gisborne District Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency have formally agreed to dissolve the Tairāwhiti Roads partnership.
Chief executive Nedine Thatcher-Swann says it is not a decision we have taken lightly.
“We’ve tried for some time to work through the challenges with the Tairāwhiti Roads partnership and after much discussion with the NZ Transport Agency, we agree that a new model is needed.
“The new model we have proposed will retain the successful aspects of Tairāwhiti Roads that support operational activities on our state highways and local roads.
“The intent is to return accountability back to Council for our local roads. Ultimately, it will allow for increased responsiveness to our local road issues, provide clearer accountabilities and priorities, and provide for better customer service.”
“Our communities have been telling us through the Long Term Plan process and Council Cuppas that the state of our roads has been their top priority and their top frustration. We acknowledge this, and our conversations with the NZ Transport Agency have led to a proposed new model.
“We have learnt a lot through our partnership with the NZ Transport Agency and we intend to use this knowledge in the development of a model that works for us.
“Both the Transport Agency and Council are committed to delivering the best possible transport network for Tairāwhiti.
We formed this partnership with the best intentions of a joint approach with the Transport Agency and while some benefits have been realised, we recognise the outcome hasn’t been as successful as we hoped.”
Following consultation with staff, the new model will take effect on 1 August 2019.