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.