AA Otago District Council

The AA’s Otago District Council represents AA Members living in the wider Otago region.

Working on behalf of AA Members

Shaping the future of Dunedin Transport

The AA Otago District Council is actively involved in the ‘Shaping the future of Dunedin Transport’ project with the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and other agencies.

This encompasses the Dunedin hospital rebuild which will have a major impact to traffic flow and parking within Dunedin. Getting this right now will be critical for the future to ensure that Dunedin can continue to expand and grow.

The AA Otago District Council is also working closely with the DCC with regard to the complex issue of the potential pedestrianisation of the Octogen and George Street.   

Additionally the AA Otago District Council is working with key stakeholders regarding the safety improvements on State Highway 88 and cycleway construction St Leonards to Port Chalmers.

Queenstown Region

The Queenstown and Lakes District has seen spectacular growth over recent years which has placed high demands on existing transport infrastructure.

This has resulted in congestion and delays, not only in Queenstown and Frankton but also become an increasing problem in Wanaka which is forecast to grow rapidly over the next few years.

The AA Otago District Council has set up a liaison group comprising a member of both the Otago and Southland AA Councils. Its purpose is to act as a conduit between the local authorities (QLDC, NZTA, and ORC) and the AA Membership and advocate on behalf of the motorist.

As part of this, submissions have been made to the joint Road Land Transport Committee advocating for continued investment in roading projects throughout the region and long-term planning for the Wanaka area.

Defensive Driving

The AA Otago District Council has continued its partnership with the Otago Motor Club Trust to subsidise Defensive Driving Courses for high school students throughout the region using AA accredited driving instructors. Funding from the Otago Motor Club Trust enables about 200 students to do a Defensive Driving Course each year.

Roading Advocacy

The AA Otago District Council has developed strong links with the Dunedin City Council and NZTA and meets regularly with both organisations to advocate on areas of concern to AA Members, both within Dunedin and regionally.

Examples of this advocacy include making submissions on vehicle access to John Wilson Drive and detailed submissions to the Regional Transport Committee regarding the Regional Land Transport Plan where AA Otago has pushed for improvements to the Albertown Clutha bridge, improvements to Ballantyne Road in Wanaka, support for more passing lanes on SH8 between Clarkes Junction and Roxburgh and an early start to replacement of the Beaumont bridge on SH8.

District Councillors

The District Councillors are:

  • Malcolm Budd (Chair, National Councillor)
  • Jeff Donaldson (Vice Chair)
  • Norman Oakley
  • Boyd Wilkinson
  • Garth Tyrell
  • Robert Jones
  • Murray Clarke
  • Barbara Macdonald
  • Tania Baron 
  • Nikita Gibson

Contacts for AA Members

District Manager: Dallas Hamilton, Dunedin AA Centre

This wider Otago region means:

  • Northern boundary - from Palmerston west via the Lindis Pass to Lake Hawea
  • Southern boundary - from Balclutha west to Queenstown
  • Western boundary - from Kingston on SH6 up to Queenstown, Wanaka and Lake Hawea
  • Eastern boundary - from Balclutha up to Dunedin and Palmerston

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