The Northland Regional Council facilitates bi-monthly ‘RoadSafe Northland Forum’ meetings and facilitates a number of other initiatives with partners that include freight (heavy vehicles) and safe beach driving activities. The Forum is the advocacy arm for road safety in Northland. Collectively it has supported a range of evidence based road safety activities under successive Regional Land Transport Programmes/Strategies and Regional Road Safety Action Plans.
Road safety action planning meetings are jointly facilitated by the NZTA & NRC – these meetings progress and update actions identified in the Regional Road Safety Action Plan.
Bi-monthly road safety reports are also submitted to the Regional Transport Committee. This committee oversees and signs off the Regional Land Transport Programme. This programme includes all the road and transportation related projects across the region managed by the various Road Controlling Authorities.
The New Zealand Police are responsible for enforcing legislation governing driver behaviour and vehicle road worthiness. The Northland Police are proactive at community educational events and are guided by a ‘Prevention First’ philosophy.
The NZ Transport Agency is a Crown entity established on 1 August 2008, bringing together the functions of Land Transport New Zealand and Transit New Zealand to provide an integrated approach to Safer Journey’s, transport planning, funding and delivery. NZTA has 750kms of sealed (100%) roads across Northland.
The Ministry is the government’s principal transport policy adviser. They are committed to providing the best possible advice to support the government in growing the New Zealand economy so we can all enjoy greater prosperity, security and opportunity.
Northland Transportation Alliance:
The Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) is a newly forged collaboration between the Whangarei, Far North, and Kaipara District Councils along with the Northland Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency with the purpose of a single, unified, high-performing integrated transportation alliance. As part of this ‘Shared Service’ model – ‘Service Level Agreements’ are currently being developed.
The Whangarei District Councils network is made up of 1094kms of sealed (60.7%) and 707kms (39.3%) of unsealed roads and associated footpaths, kerbing and channelling and street lighting. It excludes State Highways which are maintained by the Transport Agency.
WDC contracts its road safety activity through the Northland Road Safety Trust.
The Kaipara District Council’s roading network provides accessibility to the residents and visitors within a safe and clean environment. Kaipara District Council’s Road Asset consists of 1,570 km of formed roads (446km sealed (28.4%) and 1,124km unsealed (71.6%), 353 Bridges, 88km of footpaths and walkways, 1,136 streetlights, 6,687 traffic signs, and 13,612 culverts.
KDC contracts its road safety activity through the Northland Road Safety Trust.
The Far North District Council is home to some 976km (36.7%) of sealed roads & 1683kms (63.2%) of unsealed roads in the district.
FNDC contracts their road safety activity through Far North REAP and the road safety development team. http://www.farnorthreap.org.nz/road-safety-education
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand. ACC works with other agencies to reduce the number and severity of road crashes and injuries. All injuries and deaths on the road are preventable, and responsible drivers make our roads safer. Locally based ACC Community Injury Prevention Consultants work with our road safety partners in a number of projects including motorcycle safety, fatigue management, heavy vehicle related issues.
Northland Road Safety Trust (NRST)
The NRST has been active since around 1988. Both the Whangarei and Kaipara District Councils contract the NRST using funds obtained through the Regional Land Transport Programme (funds supplied by the Transport Agency) to provide road safety services. This includes the employment of a Road Safety Co-ordinator with split hours between the two districts (.75 & .25 respectively). The Trust comprises members from the business community, representatives from Councils. The Trust usually meets three times a year to deal with financial matters, but apart from that, the day to day road safety activity is monitored by the Transport Agency and the Forum.
DOC is a Government Agency. The Department of Conservation (DOC) protects New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage, and promotes how and where you can enjoy public conservation places and how to get involved in conservation.
Stay on established tracks & use existing facilities
- Vehicles, horses and even careless walking on sand dunes, estuary boundaries and riverbanks disturb wildlife and can cause permanent damage.
- Stay on established roads and tracks and use designated carparks.
- Driving on wet sand damages shellfish beds. Don’t drive on beaches unless it is permitted and only if you have to.
- Sand dunes keep beaches sandy and stable. Be careful not to disturb the plants growing on them.
Northland Road Safety Association (NRSA)
This Association has been around for many years and is a key partner for providing regular Fatigue Stops for drivers northbound on State Highway 1 at Uretiti in the Whangarei District. Fatigue has been an on-going risk for motorists on Northland roads and is a very important targeted intervention.
The road safety development team, led by Kiri works across road safety development to delivery projects, events, courses, learning support and overall coordination of road safety education in the Far North District. The team holds a range of skills around driver instruction, licensing, project planning, youth engagement and networking. Projects are grouped around five main themes of road safety education:
- Alcohol and drug use awareness for road users of all ages
- Young drivers risk awareness and reduction
- Safer speeds on local roads and state highways with a focus on driving to the conditions
- Restraint usage for young children and adult passengers
- Fatigue awareness and the hazards of not taking breaks for road users
Over the next 20 years, the health needs of the Northland population will increase as a result of population growth and ageing, and increasing prevalence of long-term conditions (LTCs). Road safety partners work closely with the Health Promotion Advisors for both SmokeFree and Alcohol & Drugs.
Rachel Lehen is a new road safety partner – her company Fatigue Risk Management Solutions is supporting fatigue management interventions and education in Northland.
Reducing Fatigue – Improving Productivity – Do you really know how much fatigue impaired employees are costing your business?
The research seems evident that not doing anything about fatigue will undoubtedly be hitting your bottom line. It may also be sending your employees on the road to burnout. Identifying if fatigue is a concern for your staff is your first step. Once established you can reduce the impact by integrating fatigue prevention strategies outlined here in order to begin reducing this hidden cost burden.
MITO provides on the job training and career pathways through our NZQA approved qualifications. Gain the skills and knowledge to accelerate your career in the automotive, transport, logistics, extractive and textile fabrication sectors. A local consultant attends and supports initiatives targeting the heavy freight sector.
Operating a transport business is a complex and demanding task. EROAD’s solution is designed to make your job easier. It gives you the opportunity to take control of tax and compliance obligations, support a safety-focused culture, and better manage your business.
Working closely with local and national industries, NorthTec provides practical, quality training that meets Northland’s needs. NorthTec has campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Rāwene, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. NorthTec also has over 60 community-based delivery points from Coatesville in rural Rodney to Ngataki in the Far North.
Vision and values Our vision
Everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe
We will act with:
Integrity – being fair, firm, and consistent, showing respect for those we work with
Courage – standing up for health and safety
Responsibility – being accountable for what we do
Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd –
Participates & supports initiatives with the Heavy Freight Group. Continues to develop and support their award winning ‘Share the Road’ initiative which engages with primary school students throughout Northland and the logging truck sector.
Northland Roading Partners
- National Road Carriers Inc. (NRC)
- Kaitaia Transport Ltd
- Waste Management
- AZTEC Forestry Transport Developments Ltd
- Mike Lambert Ltd
- Ritchies Bus & Coach