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June 2019

A warm welcome to you all. We encourage you to delve into the links provided below, take up PD opportunities offered and check out our  website. We look forward to hearing about all your great initiatives in future newsbytes. A huge thank you to all our contributors.

The invoices for your membership will be issued at the end of this financial year, it would be helpful if you can raise a purchase order number prior. This membership can be funded out of your 432/421 Activity class.

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MSD Accessibility Workshops

Councils and other organisations across the country have recently been invited to attend workshops managed by Ministry of Social Development to discuss stakeholder perspectives in achieving full accessibility in New Zealand. Robyn Blackburn attended a three hour workshop in Christchurch on 1 April representing the Marlborough District Council and SASTA. The group was small primarily from Canterbury with Marlborough and Kaikōura both represented.

MSD were looking for responses to some key questions as they explore the feasibility of using legislation to support the provision of standards and codes to increase accessibility for all. This included what “fully accessible” looks like, if there is something missing from current frameworks, ideas on achieving accessibility, and if new codes and standards should be mandatory.

The Christchurch workshop group were of the opinion that to rely on local government and organisations to adopt best practice in this space would not achieve New Zealand’s desire to achieve full accessibility because extra costs would factor heavily in decision making. This group agreed that any change would need to be mandated.


There was a call out for for lots of examples of the following, please share with your colleagues:
  • Road Safety Action Plans
  • Job Descriptions
  • Winter road safety examples
Send examples to your regional rep or post on tempo.

Professional Development

Transport Knowledge Conference 2019 Save the Date now!

TKC2019 will be held on Thursday 5th December at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington.
Please share this date with your colleagues and others you know will be interested in attending. More information will be released as soon as it becomes available, including a call for abstracts and registration later in the year.

Copies of previous Transport Knowledge Hub Presentations can be found here.

IAP2 Australasia Certificate - Certificate in Engagement

Released in 2014, the Certificate in Engagement was developed to bring an Australian and New Zealand context to community and stakeholder engagement training. Very quickly the Certificate is becoming the standard that employers are looking for in staff who work in, or manage, community and stakeholder engagement.

With new concepts, new tools and with solid foundations in existing practice, the Certificate will support all levels of experience and learning, varied roles in engagement and management.

The Certificate in Engagement is for all levels of understanding, experience and learning, from the first-timer to those who wish to update or refine their skills.
Find out more here


On 12 June, Auckland Transport put rugby Blues players, Rieko and Akira Ioane, to the test!  The brothers visited several secondary schools in Auckland to engage with the students and compete against them in a cycling challenge.
Engaging secondary school-aged students is a continual challenge that requires a different level of innovation and excitement.  Through AT’s Secondary School Travelwise Programme, the Ioane Brothers partnered with the Community Transport team to support their work promoting active travel.  Encouraging and increasing the number of secondary school students cycling to school is a key objective of the programme.

The Ioane boys first attended a bike breakfast at a North Shore Secondary School and then an active travel expo at a central College on the same day as a key draw card for encouraging more students to get on a bike for their school travel. 

The brothers put in some serious effort in a 30-second sprint on a windtrainer to see what distance they could travel.  Students were challenged to beat the distance with a few succeeding!  Students also visited a range of stations participating in interactive activities including taking photos/selfies with Rieko and Akira, getting their bike checked by a qualified bike mechanic, journey planning challenges using AT’s Journey Planner app, as well as conversing with Rieko and Akira.

Journey planning was a new learning experience for many of the students and they quickly discovered how easy it is to plan a trip for themselves.  AT’s Walking and Cycling team also hosted a station to provide students with informative tips for cycling and cycle route maps of the local area.
Although the brothers had to have a lot of photos taken with excited students (and adults!), they had a great day interacting with the students and did a fantastic job supporting AT to promote cycling.  Students’ awareness of cycling as a ‘cool’ and achievable form of travel was raised, and the schools valued working with AT through this positive and entertaining approach.
See the Ioane Brothers in action:  password: AT   (30 sec version)

Congratulations to Gillian Archer and RoadSafe Northland winner of the AMI Community Award.

In New Zealand, RoadSafe Northland have championed RYDA in the Whangarei and Kaipara areas for ten years. RoadSafe Northland oversee a Toyota Community Award - Australia AMI Community Award - New Zealand Awarded to programs that exemplify the whole community approach to conducting RYDA Supporting Excellence in Road Safety we’re right here Supporting Excellence in Road Safety range of road safety activities in the region with RYDA being one of the programs they support in schools. They have not only provided a significant subsidy, which has allowed us to reach approximately 80% of students in that region, but they are also very hands-on with the commitment. Over the last 12 months, Manager, Gillian Archer accompanied our team visiting schools in the district to talk to them about extra support they may need, encouraging them to build in pre and post support to the RYDA activities and visiting schools that are not yet involved. She has also developed student mentor driving programs within her districts and works closely with local organisations and Rotary to achieve their success.

Rail Safety Week

Rail Safety Week this year will run from 12-18 August 2019 and will be launched by Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Transport at Parliament on Monday 12 August.
TrackSAFE NZ Manager Megan Drayton says the campaign this year aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and social impact of near misses.  Last year there were more than 350 recorded near misses between vehicles and pedestrians around the country.
“Our aim is to promote safe behaviour and reduce complacency and impatience around the railway tracks.”
The theme ‘Every near miss has an impact’ reflects that each near miss affects many people. 
“These events can have an emotional impact on the people involved, including pedestrians/motorists, locomotive engineers (train drivers) and other rail employees, rail users and witnesses.
For more information about supporting the campaign, contact
Megan on and/or Tammy Flavell.

E Scooters campaign

The problem

Over the last five years, e-scooters have become a popular transport mode in New Zealand. They’re cheap to ride, environmentally friendly, fun to use and provide health benefits. So, it’s not surprising that their popularity is on the rise; especially when they’re readily available to purchase and hire (particularly in urban centres) throughout the country.
The popularity of e-scooters has caused a few challenges though when it comes to integrating all footpath users safely. We want to encourage e-scooter users to ride in a safe and considerate way on footpaths, so all users feel safe.
The target audience
This campaign targets all e-scooter users (hirers, owners and other interested people) as not everyone who rides an e-scooter is aware of how to ride them safely. Several safety tips apply to users riding an e-scooter.
Our approach
This campaign is a public information campaign that aims to bring about awareness of key road safety messages for e-scooter use on footpaths. Primarily that e-scooter riders:
  • must give way to pedestrians and other footpath users
  • must not ride at a speed that’s a hazard to themselves or other footpath users
  • should always wear a helmet
  • need to be aware that other footpath users can’t see or hear them coming
  • should keep as far left as possible if they ride on the road.
The campaign
This campaign was developed for major urban areas (Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown) and launched on 3 June 2019. Media has been deliberately targeted to reach riders at a moment of truth with bus shelter advertising (adshels), street posters, neck tags on e-scooters and footpath decals. Online advertising includes social media and on-demand activity.
You can see all of the campaign material on this page of the NZ Transport Agency website

New Road Safety Advertising Calendar 2019/20

Bike Ready resources are now available in Te Reo

Road Safety Strategy - Update

Developing a new road safety strategy for New Zealand

As you will be aware, the Ministry of Transport and our road safety partners are working on a new road safety strategy for New Zealand. More than one person is killed every day on our roads, and another seven are injured. MoT firmly believe Kiwis have a right to arrive safely on their journeys, and are committed to reducing the trauma on our roads.

The new strategy will propose a Vision Zero approach to road safety that takes a position that deaths and serious injuries on our roads are unacceptable and preventable.  MoT does not accept that people should die through an accident at work or while travelling on trains, ships or aeroplanes; we need to treat road deaths as unacceptable too. A Vision Zero approach acknowledges that any road user can make a mistake so we need to design a more forgiving road system to prevent these mistakes becoming tragedies.

The strategy will replace the current Safer Journeys strategy and run from 2020-2030.

Hearing different perspectives

MoT formed five reference groups, made up of over 100 representatives from across the sector, to discuss the topics of: speed, vehicles, vehicles as a workplace, road user behaviour, and infrastructure. They have also held workshops and meetings across the country to build a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced in different regions. They are grateful to everyone who has contributed to these discussions so far.

As MoT works to develop the strategy, there is a large amount of work happening to improve our roads and footpaths, reduce speeds on the highest risk roads, to consider options to improve vehicle safety standards, and support drivers to make good choices and follow the rules. 

Consultation will be in mid-2019

MoT will be seeking public input into the draft strategy shortly, and do hope you will share your views. Consultation will be primarily an on-line process, and MoT will be inviting feedback on both the draft strategy and first plan of actions.

The document will seek your views on: a proposed vision; principles to guide decision making and investment; focus areas for the next 10 years, and a plan of priority interventions for the first action plan.

The final strategy and separate action plan are tracking for release later in 2019.

Sharing this information and helping people to have their say

If there are any members of your community that would appreciate an update, please forward this on to them.

Executive Meetings

The executive has monthly teleconferences and meets once a year for a face to face meeting in Wellington. More details will be available in the meeting minutes which are available from your regional executive member, please get in touch with us if you have any issued that need to be raised at one of our meetings.

Our executive

Thank you to those of our members who have put their hands up to assist the executive with various tasks. 


SASTA website re-development - DONE!

The refurbishing of our website is completed a huge thank you for your patience. You will notice a fresh new look and  there is some content still to be updated and we thank in advance Daniel Naude applying his expertise to this task. Any suggestions for links would be much appreciated.

SASTA E-newsletters

Our e-newsletters will continue to be delivered monthly in this e-newsletter/online format. This makes it easier for us to provide links with online content and our new website. 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 especially items on sustainable transport..

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