Parade to Salute Road Safety Volunteers

27 June 2013

To celebrate the great work done by school patrols to improve road safety around their schools, more than 1450 children – representing over half of Wellington’s primary schools – will march through the city in the annual Orange Day street parade next Friday 5 July.

Dressed in orange, the school patrollers will march from Parliament along Lambton Quay and Willis Street to Civic Square and a celebration at the Wellington Town Hall.

The march will start at 10am, with delays expected along this route until about 10.45am due to a rolling road closure for the event.

Wellington School Community Officer Constable Duncan Ashton, who trains school patrols, says patrollers do a vitally important job for their schools and communities by improving safety during the busiest times on the roads. 

"These volunteers are out there giving up their time to help make the Capital’s roads safer for school children - so this parade is about giving them a reward. Hopefully the parade will also help remind Wellingtonians that they should be extra alert when driving near schools," he says.

John Brockies, New Zealand Executive Director at Transfield Services, which supplies the patrollers’ jackets, also recognises the importance of keeping our young people safe. 

“Safety is a major priority for us at Transfield Services, so our partnership with the Police in this initiative allows us to support road safety by providing high visibility jackets for school children nationwide. It’s our way of giving back to the communities we work in.”

The event is sponsored by Wellington City Council, New Zealand Police, Transfield Services and Pak'n Save, Kilbirnie.