Schools, kindergartens, companies, community groups and road safety professionals took part in Road Safety Week 2015 by holding awareness-raising events in their communities.
Road Safety Week launches
Road Safety Week was launched on Monday 4 May with Giant Walks in Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Hastings. Children from schools and kindergartens walked in their local community, holding banners and placards and reminding drivers to slow down and look out for kids outside their school/centre and in their community.
In Auckland, a special assembly was held at Rowandale School after the Giant Walk, with Safekids Aotearoa. Travelwise students presented Jacinda Ardern MP (Labour) and Julie-Anne Genter MP (Green) with the UN Declaration on Child Road Safety for signing. NZ Police, ACC, St John, NZ Fire Service, Auckland Transport, our sponsors QBE Insurance, and Max the Pukeko attended the launch.
In Wellington, NZ Police joined the walk at Upper Hutt Primary School and also taught the students a road safety poem.
Ashgrove School in Rangiora and Lumsden Kindergarten in Hastings also both held walks, and Shirley Playcentre in Christchurch launched the week with a road safety talk and bike check.
Throughout the week, Giant Walks took place across the country, from Kaitaia to Invercargill. A total of 45 organisations confirmed Giant Walks were taking place in their community, calling on drivers to slow down and look out for kids.
Many organisations and individuals showed their support for Road Safety Week using the #SaveKidsLives signboards.
Drury School held two Giant Walks with their Walking School Buses, and a speed campaign with Auckland Transport.
Point Howard Playcentre looked at safety in their car park and being safe whilst cycling or scootering.
Far North REAP introduced Tuska the Kunekune who is making his way around Far North schools learning about road safety. Children at each school help to keep a diary of what he sees and learns, which is then passed to the next school along with Tuska.
Whanganui Home Grown Kids held a Giant Walk in their community.
Hunua Playcentre looked at crossing the road safely, and walked around their community looking at road signs.
Tauranga Primary School used the #SaveKidsLives signboards on their Kids on Feet Walking School bus.
Pouto School spent the whole week looking at road safety and learning about local roads. At the end of the week they decided whether their road was safe or unsafe and explained why. This information is being shared with the local community and iwi.
St John Cromwell Youth Division focused on road safety as part of working towards their safety badge.
Travel Safe Tauranga held a whole week of activities in communities and at schools including a driveway safety demonstration with NZ Police.
St Joseph's School, Hastings, is part of the Bikes in Schools project and linked this in to learning about road safety for Road Safety Week. They also held a bikeathon.
Wairarapa Road Safety Council held in-school workshops, a poster competition with schools and a travelling roadshow of road safety messages in communities.
Ministry of Education offices around the country held Bright Days and shared key road safety messages.
Pyramid Trucking shared road safety messages with staff.
Waste Management NZ promoted road safety to staff and customers/contacts, and put up a road safety display.