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April 2018

A very Happy (belated) Easter to all of you and welcome to the  SASTA newsbytes for April, most of you will be aware of the release of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport which shows a promising direction and commitment for our members. 

We hope you enjoy our monthly update on campaigns from around the country, upcoming events and information relevant to our members. A huge thanks to all those who have contributed this month.  If you have items for the newsbytes or our May newsletter please let your regional representative know.

Child Restraint Statistics

As requested by our Co-Chair Michelle Stanbury the MOT have replied with some clarification around their child restraint data. 
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) provides research and statistics on a range of topics including travel and road safety surveys, the vehicle fleet and other areas such as transport and environmental research. Included in this is the annual safety belt and child restraint survey. It is important to note that this survey is observational and does not include checking if the child restraint is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight, or if it is fitted correctly.  The road safety practitioners at checking clinics and road-side stops are seeing vastly different results when the child restraint is physically checked by a technician. MOT are aware of this and agree it is important that anyone using the information from the MOT website understand this particular data is observational only. They are currently refreshing the safety data strategy with a view to identify data gaps such as this and continuously improve the research programme to better understand safety behaviours.

Road Safety Week 7 - 13 May 2018

Road Safety Week 2018 will take place 7 - 13 May, and the theme will be seat belts and distractions.

Road Safety Week is a community event held annually in May, promoted by Brake but run by local communities. It's an opportunity to get great publicity and attention for a road safety campaign run by your town, company, club, school or kindy. 

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To keep you informed about the next Road Safety Week as it approaches and get free resources to use during the week register now.

Image courtesy of Fairfax.

Rail Safety Week

Rail Safety Week this year will be held from 13 – 19 August, with a launch event in Auckland on the morning of Monday 13 August.

TrackSAFE NZ Foundation Manager Megan Drayton says the week is an opportunity for all relevant organisations to share safety messages and communicate widely to the public about the risks around the rail network and the safe behaviours required to prevent harm.
“We’re looking forward to another year of working with rail operators, NZTA, territorial and regional councils and Police to spread the word about safety out there in our communities. 
With a new emphasis on rail in current transport policy and level crossings being included for the first time in the draft Government Policy Statement, we are encouraging any efforts to raise the profile of safety around railway tracks and trains.
Megan says there are a number of ways Councils can be involved in Rail Safety Week:
  • sharing posters and flyers in your communities
  • initiating your own media stories/coverage based on any known issues in your region
  • promoting rail safety through council contacts with local schools
  • teaming up with Police at high risk or busy pedestrian level crossings and engaging directly with the public (TrackSAFE can provide some merchandise)
  • sharing social media messages
  • running your own events.
If anyone has any other great ideas, we would welcome them as well.

Last year some councils went the extra mile to promote Rail Safety Week.  “New Plymouth District Council’s installation of pavement decals before their level crossings on the Coastal Walkway was completely inspired,” Megan says.  “We hope that this made people think about the risks of using headphones around railway tracks.”
The overall theme and design work for the 2018 campaign is still being developed – so keep an eye on the TrackSAFE NZ website for more information in the coming weeks.

Peer Crowds NZ Drug Foundation

Our colleague Catherine Pulford of Upper Hutt City Council has brought our attention to this work being done by the NZ Drug Foundation on young people. There are two presentations to watch (both are fairly lengthy).

In 2016, a group of health and social support organisations worked together with Rescue Agency to identify teenage (13 - 17) and young adult (18 - 24) peer crowds in New Zealand, and explore how hazardous alcohol use compared between these crowds. You can see Jeff Jordan's presentation on the NZ Drug Foundation website.

Ben Birks Ang (National Youth Services Adviser at NZ Drug Foundation and Odyssey Auckland) presented his peer crowd research findings, along with five initiatives that were prototyped and tested, at a  seminar held in January. Many thanks to the Health Promotion Agency for providing access to the slides from Ben's presentation, please contact Anna Blomquist  if interested.

Walk2Work day was celebrated in Auckland and Wellington and picked up by many towns and work groups on the 14th of March this year. Walk Auckland ran a free breakfast to reward everyday walkers and Returntoform, an Auckland Physio promoted it online. In Wellington City, Councillors led eight walks into the city, including a walking school bus in Island Bay (pictured below).

Workplace Cycling Guide

Hugh Wilson of WCC has been doing some work with the Sustainable Business Network who were contracted by the NZTA to bring the workplace cycling guide up to scratch – it has just been uploaded on to their website (click on image below).

Professional Development

Australasian Fleet Safety Awards 2018

The 2018 Australasian Fleet Safety Awards are now open for entries.
The Awards are a fantastic opportunity for organisations and individuals to gain recognition for the hard work they do to reduce crashes involving at-work drivers. The awards are entered and attended by a wide range of organisations from across the industry, and our awards ceremony is a great networking opportunity and celebration of best practice. The winners will be announced at our annual reception in Auckland, New Zealand in October 2018.
The 2018 Awards, which are free to enter, will be offered in the following seven categories: 
  • Company Driver Safety Award
  • Fleet Safety Product Award
  • Road Safety in the Community Award
  • Safe Vehicles Award
  • Sustainable Journeys Award
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award
Key dates:
  • Deadline for entries: Friday 15 June 2018
  • Winners announced: Thursday 11 October 2018
Visit to find out more information and download an entry form.

Transport Knowledge Hub

The Transport Knowledge Hub strives to encourage collaboration and raise awareness of related work and future opportunities or needs.
Some of you may have received the Transport Digest from your regional representative, you can join the transport hub below:

Transport Knowledge Hub


Are you signed up to Snap Shot? 

Make sure you receive Snap Shot the NZTA education and advertising newsletter. Contact Emily Weston, Advertising and Communication Coordinator to subscribe.

Executive Meetings

The Executive has monthly teleconferences and meets once a year for a face to face meeting in Wellington. Minutes from our previous meetings can be found by logging on our website.


SASTA Newsletter

The Summer SASTA newsletter was distributed in December, thanks to all our contributors. Our next edition will be out in May.

Please click the following link for the most recent SASTA newsletter, including stories from members around the country, conference updates and more. Thank you to those who contributed, we’re proud to support your work and spread the word about your achievements. Keep those stories coming to your regional representative.

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