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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
Waimakariri students head back to school next week and motorists
are encouraged to be mindful of their driving, particularly when young children
Slowing down to 20km/h past school buses and watching speed
during mornings and afternoons when children are going to and from school is critical
all the time, but with school starting back for the new year, now is a timely reminder
about speed and what to do around school patrols and parking around schools.
When driving around schools or children there are some important
things to note:
Speed past school buses
Passing school buses? Either way its 20kph. You must slow
down to 20km/h when passing a stationary school bus, no matter which direction
they are travelling in.
Speed outside schools
There are morning and afternoon speed limit restrictions
outside many schools when children are present and these are based on the environment
and nature of the area. They may include
60km/h variable speed limit signs, 40km/h when children present advisory signs
or active school warning signs.
These are to:
School patrols help to keep students safe on the road by
controlling the flow of vehicles and pedestrians at pedestrian crossings and
‘kea’ crossings (school crossing points).
It is a huge responsibility for the young students to
operate the crossings and we rely on drivers to show courtesy and patience.
Parking around schools
The Council continually receives feedback from schools
around ‘chaos’ at the school gate with many parents wanting to park right
outside the school gate to drop off or pick up their child. It’s not uncommon for parents to also park
illegally, or block vision for other road users and sometimes other children
who are wanting to cross pedestrian crossings.
We would encourage parents to consider parking further away from the
school where possible and walking their child if they are not comfortable to
let their child walk by themselves. We
appreciate that a number of parents have busy schedules but it is disappointing
when we see parents who put other children at risk because of their poor
Active travel to
If parents are keen to encourage their children to walk,
cycle or scooter to school but have concerns about their safety we are really
keen to hear from them as we can look at various options to help, such as
working with the schools to organise walking school buses, looking at the
routes they take to make sure the infrastructure supports safe travel and
assisting with any education that will help children to make good choices when
out and about near roads. But we do
need the support of the whole community to make our roads safer for our most
vulnerable road users.