The AA’s Bay of Plenty District Council represents AA Members living from Opotiki in the south east to Taupo in the south west and to the Coromandel in the north.
The council works on projects that improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of motoring for AA Members and other motorists within the region.
Working on behalf of AA Members
Tauranga Eastern Link Project
This significant roading project for the region will span from Te Maunga/Mount Maunganui through to Paengaroa providing a more direct and convenient route for motorists and freight traffic. The project is well underway and is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in late 2015. The AA supported the use of tolling for the Tauranga Eastern Link Project, which has a construction cost of $445 million. Only with tolling was this project started much earlier than traditional funding would have allowed.
Rotorua Eastern Arterial
This is an important project to enable the heavy traffic associated with the timber industry and the international airport to bypass the residential and commercial area of Rotorua, and is a significant part of the linkage of the three major State Highways through the city. Initially planned many years ago, the District Council has continued campaigning for this project's importance. A recent announcement by Prime Minister John Key provides funding for the Rotorua Eastern Arterial much earlier than currently planned as part of a $212 million boost to regional roading projects.
Many slower motorists, particularly visitors in motor homes, are happy to pull over and let vehicle build-up pass. However, there are often no places to do so and where there are they are not signed, so are passed before drivers realise they are there. There are numerous places where areas could be made with relatively small cost, and with warning signs would contribute to convenience and road safety. Useful for stopping to answer cellphones as well. If you have identified any areas these places may work please contact District Manager Heather Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There are numerous sites where sun strike is potentially dangerous at certain times of the year and while many are known by locals they are potentially dangerous for visitors. Council is asking that such sites be identified and warning signs erected, we already have some examples of these in the region. The Council has also prepared press releases which are distributed in local media to raise awareness of the problem and potential measures to reduce sun strike impact when driving. This has been picked up nationally with the AA publishing national media releases as well.
The AA District Council is involved in numerous local road safety issues as they arise, raising awareness, advocating for education and lobbying for road improvements like passing lanes and intersection improvements. One of the key areas that the BOP Council are focussed on is raising awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
The District Councillors are:
- Terry Molloy (Chairman)
- Stacey King (Vice Chair and National Councillor)
- Barry Benton
- Chris Douglas
- John Maxwell
- Peter Hawley
- Noel Pope
- Evan Turbott
- Peter Bedford
Contacts for AA Members
District Manager: Heather Kerr, Tauranga AA Centre