Protestors block trucks from dusty Northland road

  • 09/01/2017
Pipiwai Road protest dust trucks
Protesters set up four separate road blocks along Pipiwai Road.

Ten people blocked off a Northland road today in a fight to have the notoriously dusty logging truck route sealed.

Protesters set up four separate road blocks around Pipiwai Valley on Monday morning, an area they say is plagued by dust kicked up both water tanks and trucks.

They parked vehicles across Pipiwai Rd to deter trucks, but are letting locals through.

Police were at the protest, which was kept low key. Protest organiser Alex Wright says truckers may have been tipped off and taken another route.

Those truck drivers that did come their way had to reverse back down the gravel road.

Locals believe up to 50 trucks drive along unsealed routes every day, and don't think the council is doing enough to help.

Three years ago, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) declined a $4.5 million funding request from the Whangarei District Council to fix the roads, calling it too costly.

The council instead opted to seal 100 metre sections outside homes to minimise the dust's effect.

One local protestor says that's not enough.

"It's affecting our way of life... It's horrific. We can't handle it anymore and that's why we're here today. We've tried all avenues."

Ms Wright says they're their new campaign won't stop until the road is sealed.