Our sympathies go out to the Puke whanau for their recent losses. Lesley Turinui’s death on Gordonton Rd shortly after attending her son’s tangi raises once again the issue of road safety on this section of State Highway 1B.
The so-called highway is in fact little more than an assemblage of country roads which were originally never intended to carry the traffic they do today. The Gordonton section is the most populated part of the route.
In a Waikato Times article, Mrs Turinui’s brother-in-law, Wiremu Puke, said they had hounded NZTA for years to get the speed limit reduced on Gordonton Rd.
A close cousin was killed in a car crash in 1986. “We have long called for a speed restriction going past our marae, for it to be lowered to 70kmh.”