Traffic congestion has been identified as Tauranga's No. 1 issue.

This week we have spoken to businesses that have changed their operations in response to the congestion. Parents have told us of their struggle to transport themselves and their children to work and school.

Some people blame the lack of transport infrastructure. Others blame people's ability to change their mindsets and embrace alternative transport options.

In the final part of our series, we ask Tauranga transport and city leaders for their thoughts about what steps are needed to address the worsening congestion in and around the city.

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless

"I think there are some areas where roading improvements are the solution, and we've got to look in particular at the construction of local roads and state highways such as Tauriko,

Tauranga MP and leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber

Greater Tauranga spokeswoman Heidi Hughes


Transport Minister Phil Twyford


NZ Transport Agency, Bay of Plenty systems manager Rob Campbell

Urban Form and Transport Development committee chairman Larry Baldock, Tauranga City Council