Believe it or not, some of our roads have been described as the best on the planet by champion rally drivers Hayden Paddon and Ken Block.

Of course, they were referring to our rally stages, where the camber, gravel and design combine to create a uniquely challenging track. Their driving made for spectacular viewing during the Whangārei International Rally of NZ 2019, and feedback from the organisers, competitors and volunteers was absolutely glowing.

Rally routes aside however, I am aware that roading in our district is a contentious issue, and an ongoing source of frustration for many.

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