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Streets for People

Creating a healthier future by putting people and place at the heart of our streets

What is Streets for People?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will work with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and our community to develop local solutions to improve the safety and connectivity of the main street of Waipawa. 

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has gained funding and support for planning and scoping projects as part of the Streets for People programme, which builds on the Innovating Streets programme established by Waka Kotahi in 2019.

The programme aims to make it easier to create safer, healthier and more people-friendly streets, so everyone can get to where they are going safely.

We can help reduce our emissions and improve physical, mental and community wellbeing by opening our streets to everyone, making it easier for people to walk, bike or scoot to the shops, school or work. 

Streets for People

What are we doing?

On Wednesday 6 September, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency announced thirteen councils across New Zealand who gained funding from the Streets for People Programme. We're delighted to let you know that Central Hawke's Bay District Council has been successful and is now part of this exciting programme.

Over the next two years we will be working with local businesses and the community to make improvements to Waipawa's main street.

Council will now start work on five Streets for People traffic projects along Waipawa main street, building on what they have heard from the community, and will continue to engage with local business owners and residents as the work proceeds over the next two to three years.  The five projects are: 

  • Traffic calming interventions into Waipawa
  • Improved walking and cycling connections across State Highway 2
  • Improved walking and cycling connections at key intersections
  • Improved access to Madge Hunter Park and Centennial Memorial Swimming Pool
  • Testing cycling options on State Highway 

This is a really exciting time for Waipawa, and we will continue to update you as we embark on this journey!

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