Waka Kotahi urges safety for first Matariki holiday

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 23, 2022

Waka Kotahi, Police, ACC, Ministry of Transport, Auckland Transport and WorkSafe are joining up to urge people to stay safe on the road this Matariki weekend.

With the first mid-winter long weekend approaching, driving to the conditions is key to staying safe on the road, the agency said.

Whether it’s wet, slippery, or icy on the road, planning ahead, allowing extra time and driving slower will make a difference.

“It gets dark earlier, and the weather conditions can be trickier this time of the year. It only takes a split second to lose control in wet or icy conditions. Make sure you check your tyre tread and pressure, use headlights, and take extra care – it’s simple, easy and helps save lives,” said Kane Patena, director of land transport at Waka Kotahi.

Police have staff patrolling the road every day, and they will be visible out on the roads over the long weekend.