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December 2020

Kia ora koutou, 

Welcome to the SASTA newsbytes for December. A big thank you to those of you who joined our AGM via zoom last month! If you have any success stories, programmes, campaigns and professional development opportunities that you would like to share, please let your SASTA representative know. We wish you a safe Christmas break and see you all again in 2021! 

Ngā mihi
Alastair Mayston and
Lorreen Hartley (Co-Chairs)


Travel safe and alert

You probably know all too well that we need to take extra care when travelling in the holidays because of extra traffic, tiredness and people driving in unfamiliar environments. Scheduling frequent breaks can help drivers stay calm and alert. Remember to keep an eye out for cyclists and other road users and give them plenty of space. For more tips on safe holiday travel click here.

Financial and Membership Update 

Just a reminder SASTA invoices have been sent out and subscriptions are now due. If you have any queries about your invoice, please contact:

Professional Development

Please check if your planned professional development courses are going ahead as some have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.


The 2WALKandCYCLE Conference will be held from 16 – 19 March 2021 at the Dunedin Centre. The theme for the conference is ‘walking and cycling: everybody’s business'.
For more information 

Decarbonising Transport

Keep your eye out for more about The Transportation 2021 conference which will be held next year from 9 -12 May in Auckland. The theme is  ‘Decarbonising Transport.’  Registrations open early next year.

Trafinz - August 2021

Register now for the Trafinz conference which will now be held on 29 -31 August 2021. Early bird rates are available until 16 July 2021. For more info and to register go to the Trafinz Conference website. 

Creating safer urban environments webinar 

Last month, the Australasian College of Road Safety ran a webinar on Creating safer urban environments.  Presenters Bryan Sherritt, (Auckland Transport), Hamish Mackie (Mackie Research & Consulting) and Jeanette Ward (Abley) shared some innovative work in the safety space. If you didn't get a chance to see it, you can click here to view it. 

New drink-driving advertising campaign

The Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency drink-driving advertising campaign, Doors, launched on Sunday 6 December just in time for the festive season.

Targeting mainly males aged 25 to 45-years-old, who continue to drive after more than a few drinks, this new campaign encourages them to recognise that the inconvenience of not having their car in the morning is far better than the potential consequences of driving after drinking.

The campaign will show the different ways the choice to drive after drinking could play out and aims to remind people there are better options available, whoever they are and wherever they live.

Keep an eye out for this campaign on television, in cinemas, on billboards, Facebook, YouTube, video on demand (such as TVNZ) and posters and coasters in provincial pubs.

Make it home, protect your dome

Nelson City and Tasman District Councils are working with local Police and bike retailers to encourage more cyclists to wear helmets. Since COVID-19 Alert Level 4, local Police have noticed more and more cyclists not wearing helmets. Instead of ticketing, those caught not wearing one are given a voucher that they can take to participating retailers to purchase a helmet at a discounted price. They are then able to send a copy of their receipt to the Police to waiver their infringement notice. Measures of success will be numbers of helmets sold and a reduction in tickets given out by Police Officers. We will continue to evaluate and monitor the scheme on whether it is working, checking in with Police and retailers.

Speed Campaign, Apprentice 

The Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency speed campaign, Apprentice, launched nationwide in November. 

Each year, 600 people are killed or seriously injured on New Zealand roads in speed-related crashes. While speed is often not the only factor contributing to a crash, it’s a crucial factor in determining the severity of a crash. Unfortunately, a significant portion of the driving population still likes to travel at speeds that are too fast for the conditions both on the open road and around town, posing a risk to themselves and to others who share the roads with them.

A big challenge in the area of speed is to stop speeding drivers from continuing to defend their perceived right to speed. They’re convinced that they’re good drivers and their own driving experience has made them believe it’s okay to drive a little bit faster. By showing the audience that others perceive their driving very differently to them, they may start to rethink their behaviour.

Mt Roskill Safer Communities Project

Over the last 3 years Mt Roskill Primary, Intermediate and Grammar have been actively involved in the Mt Roskill Safer Communities Project in Auckland. The main objective of the project has been to reduce vehicle congestion outside the school gates, improve pedestrian safety and connectivity around the community, and increase the number of families travelling to and from school using active and sustainable modes (walking, cycling and scooting).There are over 3000 students who attend the 3 Mt Roskill schools and who are all vulnerable road users. 

As part of the project, Auckland Transport (AT) widened footpaths, installed new raised pedestrian crossing points and built pedestrian refuges to allow people to cross safely. AT has also installed planter boxes in the parking bays outside the primary and grammar for a trial period of 6 months and will evaluate their effectiveness at the end. As a result, parents and care-givers can no longer park directly outside the school gates.

Community Transport Coordinators have set up three park and walk zones on a 5-10 minute walk from the campus are now working with the schools to run weekly promotions throughout Term 4 from the different zones.
AT are also providing a coffee cart onsite to offer a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate to all parents who park in this zone on a specific day each week. This incentive has been well received and AT staff have had the opportunity to engage with parents/care-givers about the changes and plans going forward. As a result the primary school are about to start their very first Walking School Bus with more to come.

Car Seat Safety in Marlborough

Since Plunket discontinued their child car seat rental scheme, there was concern from the community, Police and midwives that those who were not able to afford to purchase a car seat would have no other option than to have their children unrestrained in the car and those with car seats were unable to get them fitted correctly. A working group made up of community agencies was created to develop a holistic action plan to address these concerns. The plan includes:
  • Providing education for pre-schools
  • Developing promotional branding and resources
  • Providing support via Police checkpoint opportunities
  • Providing free car seat fitting workshops for families
  • Providing vouchers for free car seat fitting
  • Distributing NZTA and Plunket car fitting flyers at retailers
  • Clarifying car seat standards and identifying legal ramifications of an ‘out of date’ car seat
  • Developing a collaborative scheme where people can access car seats
Marlborough Car Seat Safety has its own branding and resources including police referral pads, height charts, certificates, and stickers for children.

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Executive Meetings

The Executive has monthly teleconferences each month and meets at least once a year for a face-to-face meeting in Wellington. Our last meeting of the year was on Monday 7 December. Please feel free get in touch with us if you have any issues that need to be raised.

Your Executive:

SASTA E-newsletters

Our E-newsletters will continue to be delivered monthly in this E-newsletter format. This makes it easier for us to provide links with online content and our new website. If you have a story to contribute, email:

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Joining SASTA

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