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Infrastructure Development In NZ, Shows Country Moving In The Right Direction

New road development changes economic dynamics in any country. I was greeted by amazing development in New Zealand when I drove from Auckland to Hamilton then to Tauranga at the
30 Oct 2019 15:57
Infrastructure Development In NZ, Shows Country Moving In The Right Direction

New road development changes economic dynamics in any country.

I was greeted by amazing development in New Zealand when I drove from Auckland to Hamilton then to Tauranga at the weekend.

The last time I was here was in January during the Hamilton World Series 7s.

More roadworks are in progress between Hamilton and Cambridge, the little town nestled among some of the country’s best farm land.

It’s a favourite stop as I drive south to Rotorua, Taupo or Tauranga on the coast of the Bay of Plenty area.

Because of the new road development, I missed the turn off to Cambridge. I was on a new highway called Eastern highway, about 20 kilometres of top-quality modern road.

The transition to the new highway was seamless. The old and the new merged without me realising it.

Cars zoomed past me. I soon realised that they were travelling more than 100 km per hour.

I did not know we were travelling in a 110km zone until I saw the sign.

It was the first time I had seen the 110 km speed limit sign. When you are used to the 80km per hour speed limit in Fiji, 110 was a big jump. I think it’s the first 110 km speed limit area in New Zealand.

Initially, there was some nervousness but I felt a lot better when I realised that the speed limit had been raised because of the road condition.

As I turned to the old road towards Matamata then the long steep climb through the Rimutaka Range I realised that the trip had been cut shorter at least by 20 to 30 minutes because of the new highway.

This was Labour Holiday weekend, and many Aucklanders and Hamiltonians were heading to Tauranga and onto the beach at the foot of the mount.

The slow traffic on the return journey on Monday indicated the increase in visitors spending the weekend in Tauranga.

That’s what happens when the road is people-friendly, meaning it is in excellent condition.

In Tauranga, I was told that it was one if the fastest growing areas in the North Island.

New residential subdivisions and commercial developments have happened on the back of the influx of people from up North, who have made the move for a variety of reasons, among them the lifestyle and retirement.

The imposing Rimutaka Range is no longer seen as a major impediment to travel because it takes only between 15 to 20 minutes.

Tauranga is benefiting economically from the new road improvements and faster travel time.

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