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September 2021

Kia ora koutou, 

Welcome to the September edition of the SASTA Newsbytes. 

We hope you are all keeping well after the latest COVID outbreak. Oh, how things can change between our quarterly newsletters! A huge shout out to all our Auckland members who we hope are keeping safe in their bubbles and taking time to focus on self-care during this time. 

Thank you to all those who have paid for another year of SASTA membership, it really is great to see our membership numbers growing each year. We have some very exciting projects coming over the next year for our members and we can't wait to share them all with you.

Finally, A big welcome to all the new SASTA members! We hope you are able to check out our monthly update on campaigns from around the country, upcoming events, and information relevant to our members. If you are wanting to share what you do in the next issue, please get in touch.

Keep an eye out in your inboxes for the invite to our AGM happening later this year. 

Keep safe and healthy. 
Ngā mihi nui - your executive.

Waka Kotahi Updates

Upcoming advertising campaigns

Mixed medication
A new campaign is in development focusing on the mixing of prescription medication with alcohol and/or other drugs (recreational drugs e.g. cannabis or other prescription medication) and the effects this can have on a person’s impairment when driving. This is scheduled to launch in early November (COVID-19 pending).
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is working on a campaign that aims to support speed conversations with communities and raise public awareness about the role speed reviews play in keeping people safe while they travel on the transport network.  This is scheduled to launch in late November (COVID-19 pending).

Road to Zero public awareness campaign
A major public awareness campaign is also in development for Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy. The campaign is designed to start a new type of conversation around road safety. It aims to disrupt complacent attitudes and acceptance about people dying and being seriously injured on our roads, so we can start to build support for the work we all need to do to improve road safety.

Many New Zealanders currently accept people will die or be seriously injured as a result of road crashes (Public attitudes to road safety survey 2020) so this campaign will challenge that thinking, promote Vision Zero, raise awareness of the Road to Zero strategy and outline the plan to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

The campaign is scheduled to go live in late January 2022 (COVID-19 pending) and be the first time Road to Zero will be introduced at scale to the general public. To be kept up to date with these campaigns, sign up to the Road to Zero newsletter.

Road to Zero 2021-24 NLTP

Road to Zero is a new activity class in the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP). It is dedicated to investment in safe system responses to risk on our roads.

Over the next three years, $2.9 billion will be invested in Road to Zero activities throughout New Zealand. A priority in this period is to continue an infrastructure and speed improvements programme that will reduce deaths and serious injuries. These are on state highways and local roads that carry the highest risk to road users and the most traffic. It also includes road policing, road safety promotion and education.

To learn more:

Proposed changes to learner and restricted drivers licences

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is consulting on the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No2) 2021.

The proposed Rule will revoke the five-year time limit for the Class 1 and 6 learner and restricted licences, and revert them back to a standard 10-year validity (the same as the full licence) when a licence holder renews their learner or restricted licence.

It will also remove the 90-day time restriction on renewal, allowing these licence holders to renew their licence any time before expiry, and will remove the requirement for the licence holder to re-sit and pass a theory test to renew their licence.

Waka Kotahi would like to hear what you think about these proposed changes. You can find more information and make a submission here

Consultation closes at 5:00 pm on Friday 8 October 2021

Working together to better understand road safety outcomes for Maori

Sadly, Māori are over-represented in many of the statistics reported on and this must change.
He Pūrongo Whakahaumaru Huarahi Mō Ngā Iwi Māori (Māori Road Safety Outcomes Report) is a key milestone on our shared journey to achieve better road safety outcomes for Māori, with Māori.
Waka Kotahi, Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa and Te Manatū Waka (Ministry of Transport) will continue to work together to improve understanding of road safety outcomes for Māori for the wellbeing of Māori communities.

Our next steps include building relationships with Iwi Māori, so we can work together to co-design culturally relevant road safety initiatives based on communities’ wishes and needs. Once we have an agreed way forward, we can then look at how we can support Iwi to introduce and maintain these initiatives in their communities. 

We know this journey may take some time, but we are committed to doing better for our Māori whānau, hapu and iwi.  We will keep you informed as this piece of work progresses and welcome your insights and observations on how we can effect meaningful change.
You can find the full report and its companion summary here:
He Pūrongo Whakahaumaru Huarahi Mō Ngā Iwi Māori full report
He Pūrongo Whakahaumaru Huarahi Mō Ngā Iwi Māori summary report

Your Stories

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

Auckland Transport adapts to COVID-19 times

Traditional face-to-face delivery of young driver licensing workshops has evolved to incorporate online delivery during lengthy lockdowns in the Auckland region. 

As COVID-19 lockdown rules prohibited gatherings in alert levels three and four, a switch to eLearning was the solution for driver licensing workshops to continue.  Keeping the momentum up for young driver workshop deliveries was extremely important during lockdowns since 16–24-year-olds are the largest age group in crash statistics and workshops are in high demand.
Working out how to condense the two-day face-to-face Learner Licence workshop into two one-hour eLearning sessions was a major challenge.  Highlighting key road safety messages and providing a support session for youth to gain knowledge towards passing their driver's licence tests was also a challenge.  All the while students needed to have fun while learning. 

After the challenges were worked through a pilot eLearning workshop of AT teenagers was held in April with feedback taken on board.  Tweaks were made, then online workshops started rolling out in May and June. 

Results were positive.  Adapting to eLearning enabled AT to reach a wider range of young drivers, especially those in rural areas who often have transportation issues getting to a workshop.  Those too shy to attend workshops in person felt more comfortable learning and ask questions online, while others enjoyed the shorter sessions. 

Staff working from home during COVID-19 enabled the number of deliveries to increase and being home-based was time and cost-effective for both staff and students. 

AT now offers Full Licence and Train the Trainer eLearning in their suite of driver licensing workshops. 

Mount Maunganui intermediate Blind Zone workshop

The purpose of this event was to deliver key messages to intermediate school students around sharing the road safely with buses. The Blind Zone workshop uses active learning and a real-life demonstration of the blind zones of a bus and other heavy vehicles.  

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council supported the June 23rd event by arranging for a Bayhopper bus to be present alongside a bus driver. Trained ‘Share the Road’ instructors from the Tauranga City Council Travel Safe team delivered the workshops that were held throughout the day to over 600 students. 

The feedback was the bus driver added real value to the workshop with students asking many questions. Students learned:  

  • What the blind zones on a bus are by sitting in the driver’s seat and seeing how many bikes they could see (that were set up around the bus)
  • The safest position when biking – “Stay Back and Not Pass – be in control of the situation” 
  • How buses and heavy vehicles have larger turning circles and using the road mat and small truck to demonstrate this
  • Understanding while you can see the driver, the driver also needs to be looking at you at that point in time. This was a walk-by demonstration on either side of the bus making eye contact with the driver
  • The importance of choosing a safe route to school even if it takes a little longer ie. off-road paths, shared paths, crossings, quieter roads. 
  • To be in control of your ride, ride to see and be seen. 

As well as the road safety learnings students also learned how to use the bike racks. 

Travel Safe also joined with ‘Share the Road’ to deliver a community Blind Zone workshop at the Tauranga Bridge Marina, with over 100 cyclists stopping in to experience the view from a truck and to learn the best places to ride or not, when near a heavy vehicle. 

It means the same in any language 

Jason Evered, Road Safety Coordinator, Waitaki District Council 

Waitaki, or Oamaru to be more precise has the second-largest Pasifika community outside of Auckland. In the last Census, this community was officially underreported and as such goes unnoticed.

Around Easter, a young Pacific boy was killed in a crash. The young man was still at school, was driving a car and crashed whilst not wearing a seatbelt. I thought to myself how can I give this community a voice, whilst also helping to raise the message of road safety in the community? I settled on the media of radio and looked to get messages out in different languages for all the community to hear and hopefully respond to.

I had already attended and been part of the regular Pasifika Island Network meeting, a meeting for the pacific community to discuss issues they face and offer support to each other. Representatives from the Fijian, Tongan, Samoan and Tuvaluan were present and after hearing me explain the idea, were all very keen to be involved. One comment made was “to hear these messages in our mother tongue, will make such a difference” it was said with love and passion and maybe even a small tear in the eye.

It was important to us, for the messages to be from the local community, a local voice for a local issue. Dan Lewis of Real Radio 104fm was given the task of recording and mixing the messages. Dan offered his services for free and saw this as an amazing opportunity to widen the road safety message in our community.

I wrote the initial draft script, it was about not wearing your seatbelt. Waka Kotahi NZTA through David Scarlet and Nikki Gates and along with Dan gave me some feedback. I finalised the five scripts, covering the subjects of No Seatbelts, Speed, Fatigue, Drink Driving and Distracted driving (mobile phone). The script was designed so languages could be changed to offer the audience a mixture of male and female, young and old or to fit with a specific target audience.

Over a four-day period, the various messages were recorded in all the different languages. Church leaders, Students, rugby players and mums and dads came forward. Our youngest voice was provided by Tua, who at only 5 years old produced a flawless performance when recording.

A few lessons were learnt around direct translation and different dialects. Kowhai a Waitaki Girls High School student did an amazing job translating my English message into Te Reo. I learnt that sometimes the translation was longer than the English version, so gave Dan a job trying to mix them together to fit into a 30-second radio advert. I learnt or should that be reaffirmed the power of a community to unite and work on a project for the good of us all.

As a community, we were all keen that these should be shared and be available to all to use. The current recordings have the tagline “Drive Safer Waitaki”, but Dan has agreed this can be changed and initial discussions with Mediaworks is to replace that with “A road safety message from your local council. This means communities throughout New Zealand have the opportunity to hear these road safety messages in a variety of languages.

This was only phase one, I am currently (Covid being a slight hiccup) working with the Waitaki Newcomers group to record the same messages in Chinese, Filipino, Spanish, Sinhala (Sri Lanka), Bengali and Malay. All these languages are used by different pockets of communities, from farming through to hospitality industries.

Jason Evered is happy to share these resources, please contact him to listen to the radio adverts and to find out more.

Job Opportunities

Road Safety Education have a couple of part-time Programme Coordinator roles advertised at present. 

Check out the links below: 
  Auckland/Northland Programme coordinator  PT 0.7
 Central North Island Programme Coordinator PT 0.5

Any queries can be directed to Maria Lovelock, Road SAfety Education General Manager New Zealand
 M | +64 21 545 030  E |

Professional Development

Abley lunchtime webinar series

The team at Abley are hosting a series of four lunchtime webinars on a range of interesting and informative topics. 

Planning for a sustainable future
Date: Wednesday 29 September 12:30 - 1:00pm
Modeling a future with reduced vehicle emissions - presented by Dave Smith 
Waka Kotahi has recently updated the Monetised Benefit-Cost Manual for calculating the cost of vehicle emissions. Dave's presentation features these changes, highlighting key factors in calculating emissions, and presents an application comparing urban development scenarios in Queenstown. 
The 15-minute city - presented by Benjamin Walch
Units of time of 15 or 20 minutes are increasingly used to plan cities for shorter travel distances and better liveability. Using Abley's spatial assessments of Auckland and Wellington against the '15 minute city' criteria, Benjamin will present potential uses of the concept for transport planning practitioners. 
Reserve my spot
Road Safety
Date: Tuesday, 12 October, 12:30 - 1:00pm
Improving the effectiveness of safety programs - presented by Dr Shane Turner 
Why are our national and local road safety programs not achieving the (network) safety reductions in deaths and serious injuries? This webinar will discuss the reason why road safety benefits are being overestimated and how road controlling authorities might go about developing programs that achieve the desired network safety results. 
Reserve my spot
Mapping data in real-time
Date: Wednesday 27 October 12:30 - 1:00pm
Covid-19 Locations of Interest web map - presented by Todd Davis
Todd will take you through the process Abley went through to display the Ministry of Health’s Covid locations of interest into a fully automated map that updates in real-time. The map has received over 70,000 views and continues to be a useful map as new locations are identified.  
Reserve my spot
Walking the talk
Date: Tuesday 9 November 12:30 - 1:00pm
Walking related guidance - presented by Jeanette Ward 
This presentation will take you through where you can find guidance for planning and designing for pedestrians, using a range of project scenarios. 
What is walkability? - presented by Ann-Marie Head
This presentation will look at several ways of defining walkability, how they might be used in different contexts and purposes, and how we apply walkability when planning and designing for pedestrians.  
Reserve my spot

Trafinz - August 2021

The Trafinz conference has been postponed from August to the 21-24 November in Auckland. 
Registration is now open

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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