Safekids New Zealand invites community groups and organisations across the country with an interest in child injury prevention, to attend its workshops focusing on
‘Child Cycling Injury Prevention’ and ‘Safety Out & About’. 

Cycling related injuries are one of the top three causes of all injury related hospitalisations for children in New Zealand. In the five year period 2005-2009, a total of 2,436 child cyclists aged 0-14 years were injured severely enough to be admitted to hospital, an average of 487 hospitalisations per year. In the five year period 2003-2007 a total of 12 children died as a result of cycling related injuries.

“The Safekids Campaign workshop is an opportunity for Child Injury Prevention practitioners, agencies, community groups, volunteer services and organisations to receive up-to-date information and new resources on this injury issue,” said Ann Weaver, Director, Safekids New Zealand.

Community workshops have been confirmed for the following areas, with a few more locations to be announced soon:

  • Christchurch
  • Invercargill
  • Dunedin
  • Hamilton
  • Taupo
  • Rotorua
  • Whakatane
  • Gisborne
  • Tauranga
  • Wairoa
  • Hastings
  • Auckland
  • Nelson
  • Blenheim
  • New Plymouth
  • Whanganui
  • Palmerston North
  • Porirua
  • Whangarei
  • Kawakawa

Maori & Pacific Peoples-focused workshops have also been confirmed. 

Who should attend:

  • NZTA cycle skills trainers, NZ Police including Police Education Officers, Road Policing, Territorial Authorities, Road Safety Coordinators and school travel planners and community safety teams
  • Key community stakeholders ,such as healthcare practitioners (GPs, nurses, paediatricians, EC clinicians) and educators (principals, teachers, home-based educators) 
  • Government agencies, decision makers and ACC Injury Prevention Consultants
  • Māori, Pacific and Migrant injury prevention coalitions
  • Schools, after school & holiday programmes
  • The AA, VTNZ, retailers, driving schools, commercial road users, sports trusts, walking and cycling advocates, private and non profit organizations
  • Well Child providers and other stakeholders, such as Plunket, Tamariki Ora nurses, community and family support services
  • Parents, caregivers and anyone interested in child safety.

Sponsored by Starship Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Safekids Campaign Workshops encourages attendees to network across sectors, engage in planning activities, and develop joint strategies for action in their local community.