There's a proposal to put the brakes on in the tiny township of Waitangi on the eastern fringe of Te Puke.
The plan is to reduce the speed limit through Waitangi by 20km/h for safety reasons – from 70km/h to 50km/h.
The township sits on Te Puke Highway and the problem is it's growing up.
“Waitangi's becoming more urban and the traffic through the main road is increasing,” says the Western Bay of Plenty transport manager Alex Finn.
“The local school (Te Matai which is also known as Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Matai) is also on the main road, and with these things in mind reducing the speed limit is a logical step for improving community safety.”
The council is also proposing electronic 40km/h speed signs that activate during school drop off and pick up times.
The signs would operate 35 minutes before the start of school and 20 minutes after school and display a 40km/h speed limit. The school can also control the sign for 10 minute periods whenever children are near the road outside the programmed times.
The proposal coincides with a range of safety-focused work being undertaken at Waitangi as part of the Te Puke Highway upgrade.
Works include restoring and resealing the road, new footpaths at the marae and from the school to the cemetery, improved road markings and new signage.
The council has talked to the school, local Iwi, police, NZTA and other key agencies regarding the proposal. Residents will notified by mail.
The amended speed limit proposal's open for consultation with the public today.
If supported the changes are expected to be installed at the end of April.