Transport & Communications

April 22, 2020

Projects the likes of Te Hononga, which creates a community hub and town square in Kawakawa are close to completion and a Kaitaia Town Centre Revitalisation project has been put forward as part of a funding application for spade ready projects under Crown Infrastructure Funding as part of our governments economic recovery plan. FNDC’s application seeks investment upward of $300 million dollars spread over a variety of projects...

October 24, 2019

In 2017 Vision Kerikeri (VKK) wrote to the Far North District Council suggesting that the speed limit on Kapiro Road needed to be reduced. The reasoning is outlined in this article by Rod Brown published on this site in July 2017. A VKK representative met with Council representatives in August 2017 and resolved to follow up with a public meeting on the issue. However, there was no further response from Council despite notifica...

June 15, 2019

In an opinion piece published in The Northland Age this week, Vision Kerikeri Chair, David Clendon, highlights some of the development related issues associated with the proposed Arvida Retirement Village in Hall Road in Kerikeri, that could effect all Far North ratepayers.

Vision Kerikeri posted a link to David's article on Facebook which has generated support and raised additional questions around these large reside...

June 15, 2018

In the context of our recent article on planning for the growth of Kerikeri this article on the cycle and pedestrian friendly town of Houten in the Netherlands caught my attention.

The author of the article had moved to the town with her young family from the UK. She commented that; “on visits to family in London and Australia, all three kids are astounded at how much time they have to spend in the car, how noisy everything is...

June 7, 2018

Are we using the correct population data set?

Population trends should be a key pillar in planning for and managing future infrastructure needs.

Historically planning has been a challenge for Kerikeri. We seem to be perennially ‘behind the eight ball’ with critical infrastructure generally failing to keep pace with the demands from the population growth of both the town and its broader residential ‘catchment’ area. Waste water...

March 16, 2018

Heard of the expression “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”? Well Kerikeri, it is time to start squeaking!

The Far North District Council has released a draft Long Term Plan (LTP) that outlines a wide range of District-wide infrastructure proposals for the 10 year period starting in July 2018. The plan outlines; potential projects, estimated costs and timing for each.

Feedback is being sought from the public (by 4 April 2018) and t...

February 17, 2018

Electric vehicle (EV) owners now have a fast charging station available here in Kerikeri. Located behind the John Butler Centre it is the second fast charger (the other is in Kawakawa) and is part of a fast charging network for the Far North that will allow even low range EVs to drive to Cape Reinga and back.



February 4, 2018

It was great to read the announcement by Kerikeri Retirement Village that they have decided to introduce a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). This is even more exciting (and a boost) given Vision Kerikeri's (VKK) current efforts to encourage the establishment of a carbon neutral movement in the town. VKK congratulates the retirement villages for it's forward thinking and its move that will hopefully lead to the adoption of clea...

September 21, 2017

We were pleased to see the recent announcement by The Northland Regional Council (NRC) regarding its growing fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles. The 10-strong fleet is believed to be among the largest of any local authority nationally.

Regional councillor Justin Blaikie says the council currently has seven full electric vehicles (EV) and three plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PEHV). It also has a raft of 80 solar panel...

July 6, 2017

When you first drive along Kapiro road the current speed limit may not seem unreasonable. However, there are a number of factors which make 100km/h dangerous including:

  • Businesses e.g., kitchen manufacturing, garden centre, kiwifruit pack house, grading equipment, nurseries.

  • Child care facilities – “Nurture by Nature” (who have raised their concerns with The Council).

  • Residential houses with a single driveway...

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Transport and communications are critical to the liveability of Kerikeri.


Accessibility to markets and goods and services is critical to businesses and residents.


That accessibility requires a reliant and resiliant roading netwrok and increasingly, access to effective and efficient broadband communications and transport connections.


With it's enviable lifestyle opportunities, Kerikeri could attract businesses that do not need a high population base. The Internet is their global "shop window".

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