Te Manawa ō Ōwhatiura trial

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The Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial aims to create child-friendly streets that allow all people to move safely around our community. The trial project will change the way people drive, walk, bike or scooter through the area on their way to school, work, or the Whakarewarewa Forest.

The concept design was developed using ideas from the Lynmore community and primary school.

The trial will be in place for 6 – 12 months from April. During this time, we want to know what parts of the design you think are working well, and what parts could be improved. Adjustments will be made to the design during the trial period based on community feedback. You can place feedback by emailing cycling@rotorualc.nz

Expected outcomes from the trial are safer routes to get to school, more room to move around for children walking, biking and scootering, slower vehicle speeds, drivers with more separation from pedestrians, and decreased risk of accidents. This will make the roads calmer for residents, with more people walking or biking through the area, and less traffic congestion outside the school gates.


90% of the project costs are funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People fund, with Rotorua Lakes Council funding the remaining 10%. The project is estimated to be around $100,000.

A working group consisting of students, staff and parents from Lynmore Primary School, local residents, members of Tatau Pounamu and Rotorua Cycle Action and the New Zealand Police has been created to lead this mahi. Rotorua Lakes Council will be supporting the working group to manage the project.


To stay in the loop you can join the Te Manawa o Ōwhatiura Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeManawaoOwhatiura. It’s an open forum where locals can share suggestions, ideas and pictures. You’ll also receive invitations to upcoming workshops and notifications to participate in surveys.

You can also receive updates about the project from the Lynmore School newsletter, the Inside Eastside newsletter, or by signing up to Rotorua Lakes Council’s e-panui at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/epanuisignup.

You can find out more about the ‘Innovating Streets for People’ pilot fund at: www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets/about/pilot-fund


As the first community in Rotorua to trial an Innovating Streets for People project, you will help to pave the way for new and innovative ways to travel around our city.

The Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial aims to create child-friendly streets that allow all people to move safely around our community. The trial project will change the way people drive, walk, bike or scooter through the area on their way to school, work, or the Whakarewarewa Forest.

The concept design was developed using ideas from the Lynmore community and primary school.

The trial will be in place for 6 – 12 months from April. During this time, we want to know what parts of the design you think are working well, and what parts could be improved. Adjustments will be made to the design during the trial period based on community feedback. You can place feedback by emailing cycling@rotorualc.nz

Expected outcomes from the trial are safer routes to get to school, more room to move around for children walking, biking and scootering, slower vehicle speeds, drivers with more separation from pedestrians, and decreased risk of accidents. This will make the roads calmer for residents, with more people walking or biking through the area, and less traffic congestion outside the school gates.


90% of the project costs are funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People fund, with Rotorua Lakes Council funding the remaining 10%. The project is estimated to be around $100,000.

A working group consisting of students, staff and parents from Lynmore Primary School, local residents, members of Tatau Pounamu and Rotorua Cycle Action and the New Zealand Police has been created to lead this mahi. Rotorua Lakes Council will be supporting the working group to manage the project.


To stay in the loop you can join the Te Manawa o Ōwhatiura Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeManawaoOwhatiura. It’s an open forum where locals can share suggestions, ideas and pictures. You’ll also receive invitations to upcoming workshops and notifications to participate in surveys.

You can also receive updates about the project from the Lynmore School newsletter, the Inside Eastside newsletter, or by signing up to Rotorua Lakes Council’s e-panui at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/epanuisignup.

You can find out more about the ‘Innovating Streets for People’ pilot fund at: www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets/about/pilot-fund


As the first community in Rotorua to trial an Innovating Streets for People project, you will help to pave the way for new and innovative ways to travel around our city.

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    10 Mar 2021

    What is the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial project?

    This trial project is called Te Manawa ō Owhatiura, and aims to create child-friendly streets that allow all people to move safely around our community. Te Manawa ō Owhatiura will change the way people drive, walk, bike or scooter through the area on their way to school, work, or the Whakarewarewa Forest.

    The trial is based on the local community’s appetite for change to support active modes users, and the design was created with community feedback and ideas. The streets involved in the trial include, Owhatiura Drive, Iles Road and Larcy Road.

    Te Manawa ō Owhatiura is one of many ‘Innovating Streets for People’ initiatives funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. More information on this can be found at https://www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets/

    What are the expected outcomes from the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial?

    Expected outcomes from the trial are safer routes to get to school, more room to move around for children walking, biking and scootering, slower vehicle speeds, drivers with more separation from pedestrians, and decreased risk of accidents. This will make the roads calmer for residents, with more people walking or biking through the area, and less traffic congestion outside the school gates and surrounding area.

    Benefits of the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura project could include:

    • Connected communities: creating vibrant and interactive ways to travel around the neighbourhood, and interact with the space and other people
    • Safe, caring communities: encouraging safe behaviour when driving and a more road safety-conscious community, reducing traffic speeds and congestion to make the area more people friendly
    • Thriving communities: making more room for people to move freely to access friends, work, leisure and activities, encouraging active travel and happier, healthier people
    • Supporting residential growth: as residential areas grow so will the amount of traffic on our roads. Having safe spaces to travel around separated from cars, encourages more people to walk and bike, and reduces congestion on local roads

    Learnings from this trial will inform any future ‘Innovating Streets for People’ projects in other areas of Rotorua.

    More information about the Innovating Streets for People project can be found at https://www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets/


    How will the road works on the State highway 30 Eastern Corridor affect the project?

    There has been an increase in drivers ‘rat running’ via side roads in the Lynmore area, to avoid the road works on SH30/Te Ngae Road. The elements used in the concept design of the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial will slow down drivers and discourage them from using these streets as a thoroughfare.


    Who is in the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura working group?

    A working group consisting of students, staff and parents from Lynmore Primary School, local residents, members of Tatau Pounamu Collective, Rotorua Cycle Action and New Zealand Police has been created to lead this mahi. Rotorua Lakes Council is supporting the working group to manage the project.


    What does ‘Te Manawa ō Owhatiura’ mean?

    In Te Reo Māori, ‘Te Manawa’ refers to a beating heart. In this case, the trial was named this for it’s location in the centre of an urban area, surrounded by the primary school, childcare centre, retirement village and residential housing.

    ‘Ō’ means ‘of’, and Owhatiura describes the day cloak that explorer Ihenga laid down to rest, upon the hill overlooking Owhata.

    The name was gifted to the trial project by Matua Paraone Pirika based at Owhata Marae.


    What opportunities have the community had to place feedback?

    In May 2020, Council contacted the Lynmore community to gauge interest in trialling an ‘Innovating Streets for People’ project in the area. Residents could participate in a survey to let Council know if they were in support of a funding application to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and what changes they wanted to support more people walking and biking around local streets.

    This feedback largely supported a trial, and suggested a need to explore how we can improve visibility for those trying to cross the road, provide safer places to cross, reduce congestion, reduce driver speed, and improve safety and vibrancy outside Lynmore Primary School’s front gate and the surrounding area.

    Council applied for funding at the end of June 2020. Since then, community feedback has been received through:

    • Workshops to identify barriers and brainstorm ideas with Lynmore School students
    • The community drop-in design workshop for residents and Lynmore School whānau
    • The design survey online
    • Verbal feedback through community group representatives
    • Email contact
    • Walk and talk sessions (continuing through to mid-March)

    The opportunity for feedback is ongoing, as people are encouraged to share their experience throughout the life of the trial.

    Based on community feedback throughout the trial period, any successful elements could be made permanent.


    Who do I contact if I have any questions or feedback on the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial?

    • Email cycling@rotorualc.nz with your feedback
    • Call and speak to a member of the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura working group, on 07 3484 199
    • Sign up for a ‘walk and talk’ at the trial project site, by emailing cycling@rotorualc.nz


    When will the trial start?

    The trial will go live in March 2021 for 6 – 12 months, and design elements will be introduced in two stages. Stage one will include placing the crossings and build outs. Stage two will follow shortly after, adding colour and vibrancy to the space. Based on community feedback, any successful elements could be made permanent.


    What will the project look like?

    The concept design of the trial is available here.

    Some of the elements included in the concept plans are:

    - Adjustable courtesy crossings

    - Temporary shared paths

    - A seated rest area for an alternative drop off zone

    - Wooden planter boxes

    - Corner build-outs

    Community feedback strongly suggested the use of a combination of colourful and vibrant elements nearer to Lynmore Primary School, and simpler, natural themed elements in the outer edges of the project area.


    What kind of investment is involved?

    We were successful in securing 90% funding from Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency, to trial our own 'Innovating Streets for People' project, with Rotorua Lakes Council funding the remaining 10%. The project is estimated to be around $100,000 total.

    As well as the financial resource, the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura Working Group has been meeting regularly since October 2020 to plan the trial and to provide opportunities for students and residents to give their input to the trial plan.


    How can I get involved and stay updated?

    If you would like to take part in designing or painting any of the colourful or interactive elements around Lynmore Primary School, maintaining a planter box, or helping to monitor changes to pedestrian and road traffic, contact cycling@rotorualc.nz.

    To stay in the loop you can join the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura Facebook group. It’s an open forum where locals can share suggestions, ideas and pictures. You’ll also receive invitations to upcoming workshops, and notifications to participate in more surveys.

    You can receive updates about the project from the Lynmore School newsletter, the Inside Eastside newsletter, or by signing up to Rotorua Lakes Council’s e-panui at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/epanuisignup.


    What is the ‘Innovating Streets For People’ fund?

    A Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency initiative, the ISFP fund supports pilot projects that aim to make urban areas vibrant, safe, and easy to move around. You can find out more about the ‘Innovating Streets for People’ pilot fund at: www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets/about/pilot-fund

    As the first community in Rotorua to trial an ‘Innovating Streets for People’ project, people biking, walking and driving through Te Manawa ō Owhatiura will help pave the way for new and innovative ways to travel around our city.


    How will the working group be supporting the community throughout the trial?

    There will be road safety education with school tamariki, signage on site, and working group members on site to guide school whānau, residents and commuters through the changes to the streets within the project. Feedback about pedestrian, biker and driver experience through the space, will be used to adjust design elements as needed.


    How does this project fit in with other plans to increase connectivity in the area?

    Tatau Pounamu and Rotorua Lakes Council have been consulting with Eastside residents on the Eastside Structure Wellness Plan since 2020. Eastside residents gave clear feedback that increasing connectivity between our communities is important to them.

    This Plan identifies the need to expand the shared network on the Eastside. Work on expanding the shared path between Wharenui Road and Tarawera Road has begun, and includes a pathway down Iles Road, along Larcy Road, part of Lynbert Road. Construction of the shared path that will travel through the Te Manawa ō Owhatiura trial space is likely to happen after the trial has finished, depending on the availability of Crown Infrastructure Projects funding.

    A copy of the Draft Eastside Structure Wellness Plan can be found here https://letstalk.rotorualakescouncil.nz/eastside-structure-wellness-plan


  • Who is behind the project?

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    11 Nov 2020

    A working group consisting of students, staff and parents from Lynmore Primary School, local residents, members of Tatau Pounamu and Rotorua Cycle Action and the New Zealand Police has been created to lead this mahi. Rotorua Lakes Council will be supporting the working group to manage the project.

    To stay in the loop you can join the Te Manawa o Ōwhatiura Facebook group. It’s an open forum where locals can share suggestions, ideas and pictures. You’ll also receive invitations to upcoming workshops and notifications to participate in surveys.

    You can also receive regular updates about the project from the Lynmore School newsletter, the Inside Eastside newsletter, or by signing up to Rotorua Lakes Council’s e-panui at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/epanuisignup.

    You can find out more about the ‘Innovating Streets for People’ pilot fund at: www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets/about/pilot-fund(External link)

    As the first community in Rotorua to trial an Innovating Streets for People project, you will help to pave the way for new and innovative ways to travel around our city.