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December 2019

Kia ora koutou, we hope you are all heading towards a well deserved rest.

As you are well aware our roles often do not stop at road safety and sustainable transport, often we are called in to assist our local authorities in emergencies.  Our thoughts are with our members who are both professionally and personally impacted by the recent events in Rangitata and Whakaari.

Kia pai te whakatā me ō koutou whānau whānui.
Enjoy the holiday break with your family and friends.

Road to Zero: A New Road Safety Strategy for NZ

In December 2019, the Government launched Road to Zero: NZ’s road safety strategy 2020-2030.

On average one person is killed every day and another is injured every hour in road crashes nationwide. The ripple effects of these tragedies are devastating for whānau, friends, communities, workplaces - and our whole country.

Everyone, even great drivers, can make mistakes. We need to stop these mistakes turning into tragedies. Road to Zero strengthens every part of the road system with one priority in mind: peoples’ safety.

Road to Zero articulates our vision, guiding principles for how we design the road network and how we make road safety decisions, as well as targets and outcomes for 2030. It sets out the five areas we want to focus on over the next decade, and a framework for how we will hold ourselves to account.

This strategy will be implemented through a series of separate action plans that will outline the actions we will take to drive change, as well as the timelines and responsibilities for implementing them. Our initial action plan sets out the fifteen immediate actions we will focus on for 2020-2022.
Link to the strategy

Cedric Rogers Award

We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the other nominees for this years awards:

Jenny Davis
"Jenny’s total dedication to her ever evolving role as Ruben the Road Safety Bear’s mum – not just anyone can be a purple bear’s mum!  A lifetime for a mascot is very limited, however Ruben has been proven to resonate in the hearts and minds of Waikato and Bay of Plenty children and parents.  To Jenny’s more recent move into the role of Enduring Safer Outcomes Advisor,  Jenny has evolved this role into taking the Waikato Regional Council to be a more effective communicator and support of Waikato Road Safety to the Road Safety Co-ordinators in Waikato.  Jenny is not afraid to ask the difficult questions and with such a lovely way of doing this.  Jenny’s commitment to the Ruben programme is evident with her walking the talk and has even worn the Ruben suit and delivered the programme so she has a full understanding of the whole programme."

Cindi Feder
"Cindi has been a road safety coordinator in the Travel Safe team for 9.5 years. She is recognised as a role model by TCC Transportation staff. Cindi's approach to involving the school and local communities in seeking and identifying possible solutions for safe and sustainable travel practices for students, parents and, people travel through the school areas has meant that she has become a recognised reference point and a person that is respected for her common sense approaches to working through travel safe issues."

Your thoughts please...

Have any of you heard this podcast: School Crossing Patrols - Have we got our priorities right? Isabella Cawthorne of Confluence Consulting would like to hear your thoughts, click on the button below.
My thoughts

Professional Development

Our SASTA professional development workshop will be held over two days in Wellington next year on the 14th and 15th of May at  The Terrace Conference Centre.

We welcome any suggestions for subjects to be covered or speakers. Please click on the button below.
PD workshop suggestions

Presentations Transport Knowledge Conference 2019

On Thursday 5 December 2019, the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency, Maritime New Zealand, Civil Aviation Authority, NZ Automobile Association and KiwiRail held the 6th Transport Knowledge conference at the James Cook, Wellington.

Below is a link to presentations from the conference that have been approved for release by presenters. This year’s conference theme was “Transport's contribution to wellbeing and liveability". This relates to the five transport outcomes, a set of outcomes for New Zealand’s transport system that explains how government should work toward these outcomes through a guiding principle of mode neutrality. 

Presentation Links

Doug McKenzie-Mohr community based social marketing workshops 

In February Doug will be delivering introductory and advanced community-based social marketing workshops in Auckland.  

Introductory and Advanced Workshops (Feb. 24-27):

As a thank you, he's provided a coupon code (008ef4f6) that you can share, which will reduce the cost of registering by $50.  This reduction is in addition to the 10% price reduction for those who attend both workshops.  

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.  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

Social Media for Government

With constant news of social media updates (algorithm changes, anyone?) and new platforms, coupled with the constant demands of the 'audience of today’ who wants to interact, react and co-create, the time is now to update and improve your social media strategy for 2020.

Hear from 30+ speakers and join 100+ social media specialists from central and local government, and universities in learning how to:
  • Develop authentic and relatable content that drives trust and confidence in your organisation
  • Build and maintain a two-way dialogue on social media to improve your service delivery and citizen satisfaction
  • Measure your organisation’s social media efforts and apply learnings to take your social media campaigns to the next level
  • Find out more here
Updated Communities at Risk register

Road Safety Week 2020

4 - 10 May 2020 - Theme: Step Up for Safe Streets
The date and theme for Road Safety Week 2020 has now been set. We've kept the theme broad, to enable organisations/communities to focus on whichever road safety issues are most important to them at that time, and to hopefully enable you to link any other campaigns you have in progress to Road Safety Week as well. 
website  is currently being updated with details for 2020. You can register now for an action pack, to keep up to date with messaging for the week, receive the free resources in the electronic action pack, and see what organisations/communities in your area are receiving support for their activities during the week. 
Initial marketing will be going to schools and communities in November, with main marketing being released from February onwards. Please also feel free to circulate details of the week to anyone you think would be interested in taking part.
Brake works with some local councils to provide additional support for activities e.g. providing extra information/articles for newsletters and co-branding materials. If you would like to work more closely with Brake on some of your activities, or have any questions about the week, contact
Caroline or 021 407 953.

Job opportunities

  • Sustainable transport spin your wheels? 
  • Full-time fixed term contract
  • Engage the community and make a difference

Executive Meetings

The executive has monthly teleconferences and meets once a year for a face to face meeting in Wellington (next year this will be on the 20th and 21st of February hosted by LGNZ) . 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 issues that need to be raised at one of our meetings.

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

Your Executive:

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.


School traffic safety team members hailed as heroes - Otago Daily Times

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