The Mayor of Opotiki intends to lobby the Government over funding cuts for local road maintenance.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has reduced its share of funding to the Opotiki District and others around the country.
Mayor John Forbes says roads are the life blood of the rural economy and need to be maintained.
Mr Forbes says local producers, farmers and orchardists rely on good roads to transport their goods to the rest of New Zealand.
The Opotiki District Council has chosen to increase rates to cover the shortfall, rather than decreasing the level of road maintenance it provides.
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