As issues arise which require a coordinated approach from the sector to resolve, the RCA Forum establishes a working group.  These working groups seek to complete their task as expeditiously as possible, but continue as long as the issues require attention.  Membership normally comprises representatives of local authority members and New Zealand Transport Agency members as appropriate.  Some issues, such as the spillage of stock effluent onto roads from trucks or the demands on footpaths, involve organisations outside of the Forum membership, as such wider-sector cooperation is essential to achieving successful outcomes.

Similarly, new issues and sector challenges are constantly arising.  Providing for cycling and active transport modes has become an important issue for members and a working group has been established to ensure that a coordinated approach identifies best practice.  The increasing demands being placed on footpaths by an expanding range of modes prompted a new working group to be established to address this issue in 2016.  The challenges facing many rural members are being recognised, too, with a new group being established to investigate funding the accelerated pavement consumption of low volume roads from unplanned heavy vehicle traffic.

Membership of working groups turns over regularly and new volunteers are always welcome to ensure that the membership is fully represented.  Where members have a particular interest in any issue, they should make this known, so that they can be given an opportunity to become involved in a working group or reference group on that issue if the need arises.  Contact us.

The Forum will also work with outside working groups, such as the NZ Utilities Advisory Group, the RIMS (Road Information Management Systems) Group and the Road Efficiency Group (REG).

Current working groups and members

The Research and Guidelines Steering Group comprises: Jim Paterson (Western Bay of Plenty), Warren Furner (Ruapehu), Fiona Vessey (Matamata-Piako) and representatives of the working groups – Jamie Cox (Wairoa), convener of the special interest group on low volume roads), Gerry Dance (NZTA) and Wayne Newman (co-conveners of the active modes infrastructure group), Brett North (Wellington), the RCA Forum representative on the board of NZUAG, and Bruce Conaghan (Christchurch), convener of the road-rail issues working group.

The Special Interest Group on Low Volume Roads comprises: Jamie Cox (Wairoa), Warren Furner (Ruapehu), Rui Leitao (Wanganui), Garry McGraw  (Kaipara), Carolyn Copeland (South Taranaki), Hartley Hare (Southland), Steve Murrin (NZTA – Marlborough), Jeff Devine (Whangarei), Wil Pille and Cr Ann Court (Far North) and Peter Scott (Auckland Transport).  Jamie Cox is the convener.

This working group has established a Dust Working Group as a subgroup, which comprises: Jamie Cox (Wairoa), Tom Simonson (LGNZ), Louise Wickham (for Ministry of Health), Garry McGraw and Bernard Peterson (Kaipara), Steve Murrin (NZTA – Marlborough), Jacqui Robson and Cr Ann Court (Far North), Greg Haldane (NZTA), Richard Davies (DoC), Karen Parcell (BoP Regional Council and National Air Quality Working Group), Travis Ancelet (Ministry for the Environment), Glen Mackie and Grant Rutledge (NZ Forest Owners Association).

The Active Modes Infrastructure Group comprises: Gerry Dance (NZTA), Glenn Bunting (NZTA), Richard Bean (NZTA), Tim Hughes (NZTA), Simon Kennett (NZTA), Paul Barker (Wellington), Claire Sharland (Taupo), Kathryn King (Auckland Transport), Ina Stenzel (Auckland Transport), Claire Graham (Auckland Transport), Susan Lilley (Dunedin), Clare Cassidy (Tauranga), Jodie Lawson (Rotorua Lakes), Nick Marshall (Whangarei), Andrea Timmings (Hamilton), Steve Dejong (Christchurch), Simon Cager (Hutt), and Glen Koorey, representing the IPENZ Transportation Group.  Gerry Dance and Wayne Newman are co-conveners.

The Shared Footpaths Group has been closed. Its membership comprised: Kirsty Horridge (Hamilton), Sue McAuley (Nelson), Michael Voss (Waitaki), Nathaniel Benefield (New Plymouth), Gerry Dance (NZTA), Simon Kennett (NZTA), Dr Chris Teo-Sherril and Ellen Blake (Living Streets Aotearoa), Gerri Pomeroy and Amanda Banks (CCS Disability Action Waikato), Carina Duke (Blind Foundation), Lisa Beech (Alzheimers NZ), Patrick Morgan (Cycling Action Network), Trish Rudolph (NZTA), Kate Bevin (Greater Wellington Regional Council), Sarah Eames (Office for Seniors), Jemima de Lacey (Ministry of Transport), Bridget Burdett (Traffic Design Group), Prof. Stuart Locke (Waikato University), Dr Lynley Hood (VICTA), Martin Dutton (Ministry of Health), Amy Evanson (Office for Disability Issues), Anna Blomquist (Wellington and SASTA).  Michael Harrison was the independent chair and Michael Voss was co-convener. Issues relating to shared footpaths have been transferred to the Active Modes Infrastructure Group.

A new working group looking at the broader issues around level crossings and interaction between the rail and the road networks has been convened. The Road-Rail Issues Group comprises: Bruce Conaghan (Christchurch), Peter Stadring (Gore), Alan Stevens (Civil Contractors), John Price (Wellington), Stephen Howard (Auckland Transport), Dawn Shannon (Hamilton), Joanna Towler (Waipa RATA), Tom Simonson (LGNZ). Bruce Conaghan is the convener.

The Research and Guidelines Steering Group exercises oversight of, and provides executive support to, the working groups through its executive officer, Wayne Newman.