'This isn't new' - Matamata locals fed up with car crashes

'This isn't new' - Matamata locals fed up with car crashes
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The Matamata community is calling for action to fix the region's roads.

There have been two serious smashes on the notorious State Highway 29 over Easter, leaving 12 people injured.

Councillor Brian Hunter spent 19 years in the fire service and told Newshub enough is enough.

"I think that central Government and transit are not dealing with these things as quickly as I think they should.

"This isn't new. We've been having these for a very long time.

"There are a couple of bridges that have given us a lot of trouble over the years. There are a couple of places where the visibility is not that good."

Mr Hunter says there's also poor signage for the large number of tourists driving through the area.

"The communities don't like this. They don't like lots of fatalities in their patch. It's not a good look for our area because we encourage people to come and visit."

Mr Hunter says the District Council has done a lot of work to the roads it is responsible for. The New Zealand Transport Agency is responsible for maintaining the State Highways.

The road toll for Easter weekend currently sits at four people, including two kids.