New road signs to be bi-lingual


New bi-lingual road signs are expected to go up around the district in the future as and when signs need replacing.

Ashburton mayor Neil Brown said bi-lingual signs had been mentioned at the recent regional transport committee, but no real details had been given.

He has asked council staff to find out more about the proposed initiative.

Speaking on the signs at a recent meeting, councillor Stuart Wilson said he hoped that any new signage would feature English prominently on the top first.

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and Te agency, have been investigating bilingual or te reo

A recent change to a land transport rule will see bi-lingual school traffic signs eventually put up at over 2000 schools across the country.

The Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices (Kura/School Signs) Amendment 2022 came into force on April 5 and will see both the te reo Mschool – kura – and the English word featured on the signs.

The signs will be used when existing signs needed to be replaced or new signs are put up.