Nelson Mail Article: 8 Aug 2013 – Sally Kidson

Tahunanui residents and business owners plan to take to the streets tomorrow to make sure they are heard on matters that affect them.

The march will run from the corner of Rawhiti St and Tahunanui Drive to the intersection in the heart of the Tahunanui village by KFC.

It will start at 3.15pm and be open to people joining along the way.

Tahunanui Business Association chairman Mike Thomas said the Tahunanui community needed to be respected instead of “continually ignored”.

The march was to highlight the long running lack of care for the Tahunanui Village by the NZ Transport Agency and Nelson City Council, he said.

The community was currently frustrated about safety and access to community services and businesses at the SH6 Tahunanui intersection, Mike said.

He said the community wanted NZTA to remove the clearways and reinstate parking south of the lights.

NZTA recently pulled a report on improvements to State Highway 6, Tahunanui intersection.

It agreed to review it after the study on the Rocks Rd walkway-cycleway, which was due to start soon.

NZTA has told NCC that one option for improving the intersection was to extend the clearway, but that needed support and consultation.

Mike said Tahunanui boasted “one of the best city beaches in New Zealand” and should be treasured and respected.