As issues arise which require a coordinated approach from the sector to resolve, the RCA Forum establishes a working group. These working groups seek to complete their task as expeditiously as possible, but continue as long as the issues require attention. Membership normally comprises representatives of local authority members and New Zealand Transport Agency members as appropriate. Some issues, such as the spillage of stock effluent onto roads from trucks or the demands on footpaths, involve organisations outside of the Forum membership, as such wider-sector cooperation is essential to achieving successful outcomes.
Similarly, new issues and sector challenges are constantly arising. Providing for cycling and active transport modes has become an important issue for members and a working group has been established to ensure that a coordinated approach identifies best practice. The increasing demands being placed on footpaths by an expanding range of modes has prompted a new working group to be established to address this issue. The challenges facing many rural members are being recognised, too, with a new group being established to investigate funding the accelerated pavement consumption of low volume roads from unplanned heavy vehicle traffic.
Membership of working groups turns over regularly and new volunteers are always welcome to ensure that the membership is fully represented. Where members have a particular interest in any issue, they should make this known, so that they can be given an opportunity to become involved in a working group or reference group on that issue if the need arises. Contact us.
Current group members
The Research and Guidelines Steering Group comprises: Jim Paterson (Western Bay of Plenty), Warren Furner (Ruapehu), Murray Hasler (Central Otago), Fiona Vessey (Matamata-Piako), Fergus Tate (NZTA) and representatives of the working groups - Jamie Cox (Wairoa), convener of the working group on funding the impacts of heavy vehicles on local roads), Gerry Dance (NZTA) and Wayne Newman (co-conveners of the working group on ensuring best practice in providing facilities for walking and cycling), Michael Voss (Waitaki) and Michael Harrison (Dunedin), co-conveners of the working group on the competing modes sharing footpaths, Brett North (Wellington), the RCA Forum representative on the board of NZUAG, and Steve Griffin (Buller), the RCA Forum representative on the NZTA Level Crossings Working Group. Murray Hasler is the convener of the Research and Guidelines Steering Group.
The working group on funding the impacts of heavy vehicles on local roads is known as the Special Interest Group on Low Volume Roads and comprises: Jamie Cox (Wairoa), Warren Furner (Ruapehu), Rui Leitao (Wanganui), Martin Taylor (Whakatane), Henri van Zyl and Garry McGraw (Kaipara), Wayne Furlong (Waikato), Vincent Lim and Carolyn Copeland (South Taranaki), Joe Bourque (Southland), Steve Murrin (NZTA - Marlborough), Jamie McPherson (Tasman), Murray Gimblett (NZTA), Jeff Devine (Whangarei), Wil Pille and Cr Ann Court (Far North) and Peter Scott (Auckland Transport). Jamie Cox is the convener.
The working group on providing best practice guidance on facilities for cycling and walking is known as the Active Modes Infrastructure Group and comprises: Gerry Dance (NZTA), Glenn Bunting (NZTA), Richard Bean (NZTA), Tim Hughes (NZTA), Simon Kennett (NZTA), Paul Barker (Wellington), Sandi Morris (Palmerston North), Claire Sharland (Taupo), Kathryn King (Auckland Transport), Ina Stenzel (Auckland Transport), Claire Graham (Auckland Transport), Susan Lilley (Dunedin), Clare Cassidy (Tauranga), Jodie Lawson (Rotorua Lakes), Nick Marshall (Whangarei), Kirsty Horridge (Hamilton), Steve Dejong (Christchurch), Nathaniel Benefield (New Plymouth) and Simon Cager (Hutt). Gerry Dance and Wayne Newman are co-conveners.
The working group on the competing demands for shared footpaths is known as the Shared Footpaths Group and comprises: Kirsty Horridge (Hamilton), Sue McAuley (Nelson), Michael Voss (Waitaki), Michael Harrison (Dunedin), Nathaniel Benefield (New Plymouth), Gerry Dance (NZTA), Simon Kennett (NZTA), Dr Chris Teo-Sherell (Living Streets Aotearoa), Gerri Pomeroy and Amanda Banks (CCS Disability Action Waikato), Jason Eady (Police), Carina Duke (Foundation for the Blind), Catherine Hall (Alzheimers NZ), Will Andrews (Cycling Action Network), Trish Rudolph (NZTA), Susan Hutchinson-Daniel and Kate Bevin (Greater Wellington Regional Council), Phillipa Townsend and Lee Orchard (Office for Seniors), Jemima de Lacey (Ministry of Transport), Bridget Burdett (Traffic Design Group) and Prof. Stuart Locke (Waikato University). Michael Voss and Michael Harrison are co-conveners.
The Research and Guidelines Steering Group exercises oversight of, and provides executive support to, the working groups through its executive officer, Wayne Newman.