Road patrollers recognised for role in road safety

28 July 2015

Every school day students give up their time to help more than 30,000 children successfully travel to and from Wellington’s primary schools.

Road safety Orange Day parade.

Road safety Orange Day parade

Wellington City Council and NZ Police have organised an Orange Day celebration on Friday 7 August 2015 to thank volunteer school patrollers who help keep the roads around their schools safe for their fellow students.

Representing Wellington’s primary schools,1300 children will march through the city at 10am in the annual Orange Day street parade. The patrollers will gather outside Parliament, each with their own banner and chants before parading along Lambton Quay and Willis Street to Civic Square.

Wellington City Council will host a celebration event at the Michael Fowler Centre and prizes will be awarded for the best road patrol of the year, best school presence, and the best banners in the parade.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says active travel and safety are major priorities for the Council.

“Safe crossings encourage children to walk to school, giving them a healthy start to the day and reducing congestion on roads around schools.

“This year, we invite all Wellingtonians to be part of recognising the work of these children by coming down and cheering them along for the walk along Lambton Quay and Willis Street.

“The children will be competing for a prize for the best presence in the parade, so expect lots of chanting and colour as they go by.

“Our continued partnership with the Police in this initiative allows us to give back to the communities we work in,” she says.

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 kids are out there volunteering their time to help make Wellington’s roads safer – so this parade is about thanking them for their efforts and giving a little back to them.

“It’s also a reminder to us to be extra alert when driving and parking near schools, and to follow the directions of the school road patrollers.”

The event is coordinated by Wellington City Council and NZ Police, and is supported by Pak'n Save, Kilbirnie.

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.

The banners will be on display in the Council’s main foyer, accessible from Wakefield Street and Civic Square, throughout August.