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March 2021

Kia ora koutou, 

Welcome to the first SASTA newsbytes for 2021. We are very excited for our professional development workshop happening next month which is always a great opportunity to get together.

The SASTA Newsbytes are a great way of sharing your success stories, learnings and news with other SASTA members nationwide. We love sharing what you are all up to so please send through any additions for the next Newsbytes. 

We hope 2021 is off to a good start for you and thank you for the work you do to help keep our communities safe. 

Ngā mihi nui - your executive.

SASTA/Waka Kotahi NZTA Professional Development Workshop 2021

Our Professional Development Workshop is back! 

We are very excited for our annual professional development workshop with Waka Kotahi NZTA, which is happening on the 15th and 16th of April at Te Papa, Wellington. The workshop lineup is looking great with interactive sessions and guest speakers.
If you haven't already confirmed your place please send your RSVP to Vanessa Mahuika

SASTA Accommodation Deal

Our Co-chair Alastair has secured a deal for SASTA members attending the Professional Development Workshop. SASTA members can book a Standard Queen room at the West Plaza Hotel for $130. You must quote SASTA when booking. 

SASTA Awards

A friendly reminder that we are still accepting nominations for the Cedric Rogers Award and the new Kotahitanga Award.
This year it is possible to nominate yourself so don’t be shy. We know there is a lot of great work being done out there!
Nomination forms have been emailed out to all SASTA members. If you did not receive one or have any questions please contact your local SASTA Executive. 

Waka Kotahi Safety Section

The updated Safety Section on the Waka Kotahi website is now live. This is a great place to find out all the latest resources and information. We recommend you check out the new safe system videos targeting different audiences in the Road to Zero section.

Road to Zero Resources

The first of the new Road to Zero resources have been released. 
  • Three Safe System solution case studies to help build the sector capability of our Waka Kotahi people and road safety partners. The aim of these resources is to increase awareness about Safe System solutions that have been applied and the benefits these have had on road safety outcomes. 
  • A Road to Zero video with four different voice-overs, targeting four key audience groups (road designers and engineers, planners, those who work in road safety promotion, and key decision makers in communities).
We encourage you to share the case studies and videos with your contacts in the sector.
Waka Kotahi want to make sure they're producing resources that you, and other road safety partners, will find useful. If you have any thoughts about what you’d like to see, please email

Professional Development


The 2WALKandCYCLE conference will be held from 16 – 19 March at the Dunedin Centre. The theme for the conference is ‘walking and cycling: everybody’s business'.
Registration is now open

Decarbonising Transport

The Transportation 2021 conference will be held from 9 -12 May in Auckland. The theme is  ‘Decarbonising Transport.’ 
Registration is now open 

Trafinz - August 2021

The Trafinz conference will be held from 29 -31 August in Auckland. Early bird rates are available until 16 July.
Registration is now open

NZIDE Conference 

The NZIDE conference will be held from 2-3 July in Wellington. The draft programme has just been released. For more info and to register go to the NZIDE website

Your Stories

Stories from SASTA members around the nation. Send your stories for the next newsletter through to your SASTA Executive or email

A fourth lockdown for Auckland was no hindrance to youth obtaining their drivers licence

Auckland Transport's Te Ara Haepapa team held online morning and evening learner, restricted and full licence Papamahi over one weekend - from Friday morning to Monday evening.
13 whanau signed up to the online workshops consisting of eight sessions, while 50 joined either a restricted or full licence session only, to obtain the necessary information to pass their respective tests. 
The following Saturday Te Ara Haepapa met face-to-face with ten of their online whanau guiding them through aspects of road safety, then pre-testing their knowledge in preparation for the actual test. 
All nine students passed their learner licence test with the tenth student needing a little more time to confidently sit the test.  The lowest mark was 34 out of 35 with six students getting all 35 questions correct!
The odds were stacked against one student who said she had seven unsuccessful attempts at passing before attending the workshop.  A flat tyre on the way to the Saturday workshop was another setback but she was determined to make the effort to attend.  The online style of learning with a face-to-face meeting to follow suited the student who said it was a godsend.  She passed with full marks and both the student and her sibling who also attended were so grateful for the help.  

Mature Drivers seeking Driving Skills Refresher

Post level four lockdown last year, Mature Drivers living in Selwyn were reaching out to the Road Safety team asking for opportunities to refresh their driving skills. Three road safety stakeholders came together and the Driving Skills Refresher course was formed. 

After discussions were had with Mature Drivers seeking a refresher, it became clear that the course needed to be an update on the road rules and tips on how to drive safely as we age. Many were concerned about losing their licence as they aged and wanted to update their skills to try and avoid this, especially those from the rural towns. 

The Selwyn Road Safety Team reached out to Proactive Drive, Laura Fergusson Trust, and the Police to look at course content. It was decided that interactive, conversational style presenting would be best to benefit adult education.

Proactive Drive covers the road rules and driving skills component. Laura Fergusson Trust covers aging and how it impacts how we drive, tips to make it easier and driver assessments. Lastly, the Police cover common road safety risks in the district and hold a question and answer session. 

On completion of the half day course, participants are offered the chance to go on to have a half price driving lesson/refresher in their vehicle. This has proven as being very popular with 66% of attendees taking up the offer. 

Crash Bash is back for 2021

Crash Bash is a road safety education programme for young drivers which tours secondary schools in Christchurch and parts of Canterbury during the first term every year.  The programme targets students in years 11-13 who will be preparing for their learners and restricted drivers licences.

The purpose of Crash Bash is to convey key road safety information to secondary school students in a relatable way about the importance of making safe choices when driving and as passengers.

The format of Crash Bash is an audience-interactive 25 minute stage performance with professional actors from The Court Theatre.

The context of the theme and production of the script is produced by the Court Theatre in collaboration with Canterbury Police.  Each year, Police play an important role in the programme by providing case studies and accounts of the risk factors and issues they see affecting young drivers in the region.

The majority of young driver crashes in Canterbury between 2015 – 2019 were due to poor observation (829), followed by failing to give way (641), followed by alcohol (418), poor judgement (367) and speed (359).

This year’s theme title,  “What if…” has toured 26 performances across schools in Christchurch and parts of Canterbury during the first term of 2021.  “What if…” reinforced to young drivers the importance of being aware of their surrounding and other road users  - including cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and  scooter riders.

Photo below shows the dress rehearsal before the tour with our local Canterbury Police happily participating in one of the audience interactive parts of the performance!

Executive Meetings

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