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Manawatū Gorge closures: Have you been affected?

What should be done about the Manawatū Gorge?
WARWICK SMITH/STUFF

What should be done about the Manawatū Gorge?

Have you been affected by repeated closures that have plagued the Manawatū Gorge in recent years?

If you have, then we want to hear your thoughts, experiences and ideas about this beautiful, yet geologically unstable, landmark nestled between the Ruahine and Tararua ranges.

The gorge is a vital transport link between the lower North Island and Hawke's Bay but major slips in 2011, 2015 and April this year have seen the New Zealand Transport Agency shut it down indefinitely. 

The closures have led to major problems for commuters and the logistics industry, while also causing economic losses for businesses that depend on the steady stream of traffic flowing through the gorge.

Small town New Zealand has also been impacted, with settlements in the Tararua district, such as Woodville and Pahiatua, all struggling with the reduced through traffic. 

And, on the other side of the gorge, the Manawatū village of Ashhurst has struggled to cope with the increased number of cars and trucks now having to bypass through its normally sleepy streets.

How have the closures affected you? What do you think needs to be done about it? Which of the alternative options do you think are the best?

We're looking for submissions of 300 words or more so if you're interested please click the big button to get started. App users: email stuffnation@stuff.co.nz.
 

 - Stuff Nation

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