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Community Road Safety Fund

The  Community Road Safety Fund works with other organisations to support community-based road safety initiatives. It evolved from the Road Safety Trust, a former Crown-established charitable trust, which was wound up in June 2013.

Purpose of the Community Road Safety Fund

The Community Road Safety Fund contributes to a safer road system by working in  partnership with others, to support value-for-money, high impact community projects which might not otherwise occur.

Community Road Safety Fund Advisory Committee

An Advisory Group, made up of representatives from the Transport Agency, ACC, NZ Police, the Safe and Sustainable Transport Association, and the AA, will be responsible for setting the direction of the Community Road Safety Fund and making investment decisions. The Advisory Group does not take or accept applications for funding.

Funding the Community Road Safety Fund

A portion of the profits from the sale of personalised plates provides the funds for the Community Road Safety Fund.

Current projects

The significant  projects which are currently being funded by the Community Road Safety Fund include:

Community Driver Mentor Programme and the Community Learner Driver Programme

The Transport Agency and the AA developed the Community Driver Mentor and Learner Programme (CDMP)  to address some of the barriers young people face when trying to get their restricted drivers licence, such as access to a safe car and petrol, or an appropriate mentor to give them the driving practice they need.

A number communities have successfully established this programme model to support young learner drivers. 

For more information about how the CDMP model works and how to set one up in your community download the Community Driver Mentor Programme, a guide for community programme providers.

Check out this video describing how the programme model works:

Please note that at a minimum the following resources are required to implement a programme based on the guide:

  • A coordinator to manage the programme, based in the community where the programme is being run
  • Office space and equipment for the coordinator role
  • A car and secure storage for it
  • Budget for petrol, professional driving lessons, and mentor training lessons.

Community Driver Mentor / Learner Programme Co-ordinators

Programme Co-ordinator:
Michael Barbour at Manfeild Park Trust
Phone: 027 488 5679

Programme Co-ordinator:
Angelene Waitohi at Far North REAP
Phone: 09 408 1380 ext 720

Programme Co-ordinator:
Freanne Daniels at People Potential
Phone: 09 437 7593

South Auckland
Programme Co-ordinator:
Clare Elson for Counties Manukau Sport
at Papakura Football Club
Phone: 021 673 647

Programme Co-ordinator:
Dianne Akurangi for Tairawhiti Roads
Phone: 06 9864590 | 027 517 8879

Te Kuiti
Programme Co-ordinator:
Desiree McKenzie at Te Kuiti Community House
Phone: 07 878 5272 | 027 814 4663

Programme Co-ordinator:
Henry Samia at Partners Porirua
Phone: 04 237 1097

Christchurch East
Programme Co-ordinator:
Keran Tsering at the Salvation Army
Phone: 021 709 341

Programme Coordinator:
Alex Dobie at East Bay REAP
Phone 027 315 8009 | 07 315 5790

Programme Coordinator:
Lenora McDonald at the Waka Trust
E mail:
Phone: 027 700 2089

Open Road – driver training for former Refugees

The former refugee community are a group of New Zealanders who have a particular set of needs and barriers they face when attempting to attain their drivers licence as they settle into their new environment in New Zealand.

In light of these challenges the Transport Agency and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment have commenced a collaboration to support the former refugee community’s transport needs, including achieving a learner and restricted driver licence.

The Open Road initiative is based on the Community Driver Mentor Programme model, and is underway in the seven resettlement locations in Auckland South, Auckland Central, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin.

More information about the Open Road programme.(external link)

Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD)

The Transport Agency is the principal funder of SADD, which is an entirely student led initiative throughout secondary schools nationwide. SADD seeks to address the culture around dangerous driving by educating and empowering each new generation of young people to make healthier, safer and better choices.

In the three decades since SADD began at Mahurangi College in Warkworth, a lot has happened to reduce the harm caused on our roads by drunk drivers:

  • law changes
  • steadily increasing enforcement and efforts to target dangerous driving behaviours
  • penalties for drunk drivers have increased
  • national campaigns have helped raise the consciousness of the public
  • the media has taken this issue to heart and reported on it widely
  • information has become readily available and statistics are in the public domain. 

At a student-level, SADD has been a constant presence in working to educate and drive culture change amongst youth about drunk driving and other dangerous driving issues.

This multi-layered and community-wide approach has certainly improved the outcome for New Zealanders, with alcohol-related fatal crashes dropping 69% and the associated deaths reduced by 68% in the three decades since 1986.

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Major Trauma Network Project 

This project is a partnership with the Major Trauma National Clinical Network, to seek verification of the New Zealand trauma system. This is an important project for New Zealand and for the NZ Transport Agency as the data from the New Zealand Major Trauma Registry suggests that nearly 50%  of patients have major injuries associated with road trauma i.e. car, motorbike, cycle and pedestrians.

The relationship between the NZ Transport Agency and the Major Trauma National Clinical Network is strategically important as we work towards a collaborative approach to road trauma reduction in New Zealand, and our national alignment with the core delivery of a safe system approach and the United Nations Decade of Road Safety Action 2010 – 2020.

The benefit of this project is that it will provide expert advice to ensure that New Zealand’s major trauma system and database is representative of international good practice and fit for purpose. This includes but not limited to viewing key processes, data collation, policies and the overall national strategy.

A Trauma System Verification process is a formal review undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide independent and expert review.  The output of the verification will be consultative guidance on the NZ trauma system and optimisation of resources to ensure patients are treated in the right facility in the right amount of time.  The scope of verification encompasses prevention, emergency response in the pre-hospital setting, hospital care, and rehabilitation.  The emphasis in this review will be toward ensuring the policy settings and governance are appropriately arranged as these are the most important in the New Zealand context at this time.

The review will be undertaken in November 2017 and the final report from the review will be submitted no later than the end of February 2018.

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Safer Journeys for Schools road safety programme

The Transport Agency has been supporting this programme since 2013 to improve road safety around New Zealand’s schools. There are four main parts of the programme:

  1. A trial of variable speed limit signs to reduce the speed of traffic travelling past a number of rural schools where there is an identified risk from turning traffic and/or to pedestrians. Following a successful pilot at seven schools, the trial was extended to 23 rural schools.
  2. Assessing the degree of road safety risk around all schools and identifying actions to improve safety at the highest risk locations.
  3. Publishing a Safer Journeys for Schools Guide which can be used by schools and road controlling authorities to assess, and if necessary improve, road safety around schools, both urban and rural.
  4. Co-investing with Road Controlling Authorities in safety improvements at some of the highest risk school environments.

The focus for 2017/18 is on Safer Routes to Schools, working in partnership with Road Controlling Authorities and the Ministry of Education to identify opportunities to improve safety for children travelling to school.

Visit Safer Journeys for Schools road safety programme for more information and resources.

Research reports from the former Road Safety Trust