School Speed Review

Find out about proposed streets and speed zone changes for Lower Hutt as part of the new Land Transport Rule requiring the reduction of speed around schools.


Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport began the process to develop the new Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (the Rule) with a paper to Cabinet which set out a new framework for setting speed limits.

The rule enables a new process to support road controlling authorities (such as Hutt City Council) with setting new speed limits and takes a whole-of-network approach where decisions about safety-related infrastructure improvements, speed limit changes and safety camera placement are made together. The framework also supports the transition to slower speeds around schools to improve safety and encourage more people to use active modes of transport for their journeys to and from school.

The rule requires road controlling authorities to have 40% of school speed limit changes completed by 30 June 2024, with the remainder completed by 31 December 2027, and these changes must be built into speed management plans.

Schools have been grouped into two categories to determine the appropriate speed limit for their surrounding roads, all 54 schools in Lower Hutt fall under category one. Category one school areas require 30 km/h (fixed or variable) speed limits, or 40 km/h limits if these were in place prior to consultation on the new Speed Rule. Therefore, we are proposing to change the speed limits around schools to 30km/h (fixed or variable).

Category one schools are more likely to be in areas with existing 50 km/h speed limits. These areas potentially have high numbers of more vulnerable road users in the vicinity (adult/child pedestrians, cyclists, micro-mobility users) with consequently higher risk. This may be from more housing in the school vicinity, making it more suitable to use active transport modes.

We have done a speed review to classify which roads are more suitable to have a 30km/h speed limit all the time and which roads should have 30km/h speed limits only during school pickup and drop off hours. We are currently targeting our consultation to schools and residents in affected streets about this proposal.

While engagement is targeted to schools and residents of affected streets, we welcome feedback from those wanting to provide it. You can provide feedback by emailing roadsafety@huttcity.govt.nz. The engagement period closes 15 February.

You can find maps with proposed streets and speed zones as well as FAQ’s below. We will provide an update here once all feedback has been reviewed and considered.

Who was involved in developing the new rule?

Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport began the process to develop the new rule with a paper to Cabinet which set out a new framework for setting speed limits. Waka Kotahi worked with Te Manatū Waka to make the rule workable within that framework, using feedback from consultation on the proposed draft rule to further refine it and ensure it is easily understood. A summary of this analysis and consideration of feedback is presented in the Summary of Submissions document alongside subsequent changes to the rule. Summary of Submissions from the 2021 consultation [PDF, 856 KB].

How does the framework fit within the Road to Zero 2020-2030 strategy?

New Zealand’s Road to Zero 2020-2030 road safety strategy sets us on a path to achieve Vision Zero, a vision where no one is killed or is seriously injured in road crashes. The speed management framework delivers part of the Road to Zero 2020-2022 action plan. Speed plays an undeniable role in the horrifying numbers of people being killed or seriously injured on New Zealand’s roads. Even when speed doesn’t cause the crash, it’s what will most likely determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or is unharmed. When speed limits are safe for the road, simple mistakes are less likely to end in tragedy. The speed management framework sets out a new approach to speed management planning which significantly changes the way speed limits are set and ensures decisions about speed limit changes are made (and described) in the context of safety-related infrastructure improvements and the placement of safety cameras.

Why are we doing this?

Improving safety for road users and students’ is our first priority. The reduction of speed limits to reduce the impact of crashes is especially necessary on streets and roads around schools where crashes are relatively harder to prevent due to the unpredictable nature of children. It is also required by the new Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 for road controlling authorities to have 30km/h speed limits in school zones (Fixed or variable).

Will it slow down the traffic?

The proposed speed limits are determined based on the speed reviews which showed these changes would not make significant changes to a traveller’s full journey. According to the speed reviews, people are travelling at around 30km/h on the streets we are proposing to have permanent 30km speed limits although the current speed limit is 50km/h. It shows that the street is more appropriate with 30km/h speed limits.

Why do we need to change speed limits when people are already travelling slowly?

To allow enforcement and engineering interventions for drivers who are not travelling at safe speeds. Having higher speed limits than what the roads can accommodate can lead to a perceived sense of safety that the drivers are following the rules.  Therefore, speed limits need to reflect the capacity of the road.

What are the engineering interventions?

We will consider all engineering intervention options depending on the speed environment. Guidelines from Speed management guide: Road to Zero edition – additional technical information will be followed.

How will this be enforced?

We will work with the Police to monitor and enforce the new speed limits regularly; engineering interventions will be provided to assist safer speeds.

How are the proposed speeds limits determined?

The speed limits were determined by considering a number of factors such as operating speeds, traffic demands, usage, crash data and infrastructure risks. For details, please refer to Speed Management guide: Road to Zero edition (2022)

Why are we proposing some roads with 30km/h fixed speed limits all the time and not just in the school hours?

All schools in Lower Hutt fall under Category One according to the Speed Management guide: Road to Zero edition (2022) and are required to have 30km/h speed limits in school zones (fixed or variable). Arterial roads with high movement which play a vital role in helping people move across the city efficiently, are proposed to have variable speed limits at parts of those streets which fall under school zones.

You can view a city-wide map online.

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Alicetown Hut Central School View map
Alicetown Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara WhanuiView map
AvalonAvalon Intermediate SchoolView map
Avalon - NaenaeAvalon Primary School
Kimi Ora School
Naenae College
Naenae Intermediate School
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Avalon - NaenaeAvalon Intermediate School
Avalon Primary School
Dyer Street School
Epuni Primary School
Kimi Ora School
Naenae College
Naenae Intermediate School
Naenae Primary School
Rata Street Primary School
St Bernadette's School
Wa Ora Montesorri School
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EastbourneWellesley CollegeView map
Eastbourne - MuritaiMuritai Primary School
San Antonio School 
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EpuniEpuni Primary SchoolView map
Hutt CentralEastern Hutt Primary SchoolView map
Hutt CentralHutt Intermediate SchoolView map
Hutt CentralSaints Peter & Paul SchoolView map
Hutt Central - Waterloo - BoulcottBelmont School
Boulcott Primary School
Chilton St James School 
Dyer Street Primary School
Eastern Hutt Primary School
Epuni Primary School
Gracefield School
Hutt Central School
Hutt Intermediate School
Hutt Valley High School
Our Lady of the Rosary School
Randwick School
Sacred Heart College 
St Bernard's College 
St Oran's College
Waterloo Primary School
Wilford Primary School 
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Moera - WaiwhetuGracefield School
Our Lady of the Rosary School
Randwick School 
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NaenaeDyer Street SchoolView map
NaenaeNaenae Primary SchoolView map
NaenaeRata Street Primary School
St Bernadette's School
Wa Ora Montesorri School
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PetonePetone Central School
Sacred Heart School
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PetoneWilford Primary SchoolView map
Petone - AlicetownHutt Central School
Petone Central School
Sacred Heart School
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara Whanui
Wilford Primary School
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Stokes ValleyKoraunui School
Tawhai School
Tui Glen Primary School
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TaitaPomare School
St Michael's School
Taita Central Primary School
Taita College
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WainuiomataArakura Primary SchoolView map
WainuiomataFernlea Primary SchoolView map
WainuiomataPukeatua Primary SchoolView map
WainuiomataWainuiomata Primary SchoolView map
WainuiomataFernlea Primary School
Konini Primary School
St Claudine Thevenet School
Wainuiomata College
Wainuiomata Intermediate School
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WainuiomataArakura Primary School
Fernlea Primary School
Konini Primary School
St Claudine Thevenet School
Wainuiomata College
Wainuiomata Intermediate School
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WaterlooWaterloo Primary SchoolView map
Western HillsBelmont SchoolView map
Western HillsKelson Primary SchoolView map
Western HillsKorokoro Primary SchoolView map
Western HillsMaranatha Christian SchoolView map
Western HillsMaungaraki SchoolView map
Western HillsNormandale SchoolView map
Western HillsRaphael HouseView map