Moana Saunders was asleep in her Whangarei home on Friday night when a car crashed into her car, which was parked in her driveway, shunting it into her garage.

The crash has reignited calls for speedbumps or other efforts to slow down vehicles in the Avenues suburb.

Residents presented a petition with a portfolio of evidence to the appropriate authorities more than a year ago.

In the latest incident, Saunders heard a bang at about 2.20am on Saturday and knew it was a crash but thought someone had hit the power pole outside her house.


When she looked out the window, she saw the car had hit her Ford Territory, and forced it into her garage.

"When they hit my car they went up under it and slid it sideways."

The tin garage door is in two pieces and the neighbours' letterboxes were wiped out.

Three of her young children, aged 8, 5 and2 were home at the time and she said often her teenagers are in the garage, playing their guitars. Luckily they had gone out earlier on Friday night.

Ms Saunders has lived at the property for about six months and in that time someone had also crashed into the neighbours' fence.

She said her biggest concern now is letting her children play on the lawn which is behind a fence but right next to the road.

"The kids just playing outside on the lawn is scary, especially if I hear a car that is going really fast."

She lives opposite Second Ave and said cars often speed in the area, and sometimes try and slide around the corner. She wants to see some kind of effort to slow them down.

Ms Saunders said that after the crash, the people in the car left it on her driveway and ran off.

She has been told her car is likely to be written off.

Concerned nearby resident Doug Gow, who has lived in the area since 1977, said it is a continual problem which has been going on for more than six years.

He said Maunu Rd, Western Hills Drive and Central Ave are heavily banked up with traffic during normal hours and vehicles use Kauika Rd and the Avenues area to transit quickly between them.

At night-time, cars do high speeds through the area and it is used for burnouts by "hoons".

"[In] April last year, I'd had enough."

Armed with 72 signatures from residents of Third Ave and Kauika Rd and photos of burnouts, he went to the Whangarei District Council and made a submission for speed control works to be carried out under the Annual Plan.

He said he was told they were a top priority for the current financial year, but has since been told although the streets are still in the top priority streets to receive traffic calming, it may not happen this year.

"Someone's going to get killed in the meantime," he said.

Whangarei District Council has been approached for comment.