| Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Superstitions often contain a kernel of truth or common sense. Walking under ladders carries a definite risk of something falling on you, for example. Remembering to ‘blow to the left, blow to the right for safe travels’ is a brilliant way of encouraging people to safely cross a railway line.
This Road Safety Week we are elevating and celebrating our true safety heroes. These are the unsung New Zealanders working every day behind the scenes to reduce the pain and suffering from road crashes.
The tragedy of lives lost and families torn apart from road crashes has again been thrust into the spotlight in New Zealand, with 17 people killed on our roads over the holiday period. In the year 2021, there were 320 lives lost on the roads – nearly a person every day.
Since taking on the role of leading Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, I’ve been deeply impressed by the innovation and dedication of our people working to solve the challenges facing our transport sector and the role this plays in wider challenges facing Aotearoa and the world.
Those of you who know me, know I’m passionate about creating a successful New Zealand through caring for our people. COVID-19 has brought this to the forefront, highlighting that the health and wellbeing of our people is intrinsic to our economic success as a nation.