Campaign for transport

Living around the coast does not mean people have to go without transport.

And coast-dwellers can make their thoughts known in a survey to see if a regular transport service would be viable.

Taranaki District Health Board, the Coastal Taranaki Health Trust and New Zealand Red Cross have teamed up to investigate the issue.

"There is a real need on the coast for people without access to transport," Red Cross Taranaki programme co-ordinator Candace Noyes said.

"‘In order to get a service up and running we need to know where people are travelling to and from, in and around the coastal Taranaki region from Oakura to Manaia."

Already there is a public transport service which goes to Hawera and New Plymouth on Fridays and another service for emergencies. "Our service would supplement this."

So far about 50 people have responded to the survey, which closes on December 7 and it is hoped the service will start early to mid-way through next year.

Find the survey at Four Square stores around the coast, at schools, Opunake Medical Centre or Opunake Library. It is also available online at

A public meeting will be held at the Sandford Event Centre in Opunake on November 27 from 7.30pm.

Taranaki Daily News