Te Manawa ō Ōwhatiura

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Earlier this year community feedback 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.

We’ve been successful in securing funding from Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency, to trial our own 'Innovating Streets for People' project in Ōwhatiura Drive, Larcy Road, Iles Road - called Te Manawa ō Ōwhatiura.

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

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.

We need your help to choose the physical changes that we will trial on Owhatiura Drive, Iles Road and Larcy Road, to achieve these outcomes. Take the design survey to submit your ideas, and win prizes for you and your whanau.


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 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


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 travel around our city.

Earlier this year community feedback 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.

We’ve been successful in securing funding from Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency, to trial our own 'Innovating Streets for People' project in Ōwhatiura Drive, Larcy Road, Iles Road - called Te Manawa ō Ōwhatiura.

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

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.

We need your help to choose the physical changes that we will trial on Owhatiura Drive, Iles Road and Larcy Road, to achieve these outcomes. Take the design survey to submit your ideas, and win prizes for you and your whanau.


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 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


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 travel around our city.

  • 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.

  • Background

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    Background

    In June this year, Rotorua Lakes Council made an application to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People Fund on behalf of Lynmore Primary School and the wider community. The purpose of the fund is to support trial projects that aim to make urban areas vibrant, safe, and easy to move around.

    Te Manawa o Owhatiura will change the way people drive, walk, bike or scooter through the area on their way to school, work, or the Whakarewarewa Forest.

    There will be more room to move around for children walking, biking and scootering, safer routes to get to school, and slower vehicle speeds. Drivers will have more separation from pedestrians, and less risk of accidents. The roads will be calmer for residents, with less traffic congestion outside the school gates.

    Some benefits of the Te Manawa o 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, a more road safety-conscious community, reducing traffic speeds and congestion around the school gates 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 the trial will inform any future Innovating Streets projects in other areas of Rotorua.


    When will Te Manawa o Owhatiura pilot start?

    Over the next few months we’ll be running workshops with the eastside community to start gathering ideas.

    Once we have enough feedback, the layout will be designed by consultants GHD, and will go live in March 2021 for around 6 months. The design will be adjustable so that we can learn as we go, and any successful elements could be made permanent. We will want to hear your feedback about what elements work well, or need adjusting.

    What could the project look like?

    The design could experiment with extending the space for walking and biking onto the road, potentially using planter boxes for separation from cars, traffic-calming measures, or adding pictures and games on pathways to add vibrancy and encourage playful interaction.

    Examples only of existing projects with similar kaupapa.

    How much investment is involved?

    The project is estimated to be around $100,000, with 90% of this funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Rotorua Lakes Council will be funding the remaining 10%.