Our aim in producing this petition is to show to the telecommunication industry that there is a need and we as a group would like to see equipment installed that will promote signal strength for cell phone communication in the area between New Plymouth and Pio Pio. We pay good money for services with our phone providers and we can not see why they can not provide adequate coverage in the area of question. Coverage would be beneficial to all those that use the road (SH3), through the Awakino Gorge and out lying areas especially for safety reasons. The strategic value of SH3 State Highway 3 is strategically important as the principal arterial transport route both north and south for the Taranaki region. It is the only major road link between Taranaki and the northern half of the North Island. It is therefore essential for Taranaki's future economic and social well being and makes a significant contribution to the region’s economy. The road is vital for: industry and commerce to gain access to northern markets and export outlets; for tourism linkages; and for access to health, cultural and other services. It is also a key route for transporting energy and other products to and from Taranaki. Other routes available to the north from the Taranaki region include the partly unsealed Route 40 and State Highway 43 (12 km remaining unsealed), or south to Wanganui and then north on SH4. State Highway 3 is also important as the main alternate route north when State Highway 1 is closed.