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Teachers to protest along Cameron Road

Teachers marking in protest for better pay in the Bay of Plenty last year. Photo: File/SunLive.

Motorists are being advised to avoid a section of Cameron Road this afternoon, as teachers hold a protest march as they take part in New Zealand's largest ever strike today.

Around 47,000 teachers and principals are striking for better pay and working conditions, as well as raising issues around ageing school buildings, a growing school-age population and complaints about an ongoing teacher shortage.

Tauranga City Council is warning motorists there could be delays as the march is held on Cameron Road, between Chadwick Road to 22nd Avenue, from 12.45pm to around 2pm.

Tauranga City Council advises vehicles to avoid the area during this time or use Takitimu Drive or Fraser Street as preferred alternative routes, says a communications spokesperson.

"Vehicles who choose to travel along Cameron Road will have to remain behind the attenuator vehicle following the march, detour via a side road or turn around.

"It's expected that the northbound lanes of Cameron Road, between Chadwick Road to 22nd Avenue, will be closed for about half an hour due to the protesters walking towards the city.

"The southbound lanes, from Munro Street to 22nd Avenue, will be closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow the protest march to cross in order to get to the Girls' College."

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