Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Road safety education update

18 June 2024

School children run down a country lane.

What’s new for schools

Rail Safety Week is in week 3 of Term 3, highlighting an important context for rural and urban school travel. We make planning easy with a webinar and new online resources.

Teachers, road safety coordinators and Police school community officers – you'll find more new resources below:

  • road safety worksheets
  • school patrol training videos update
  • scooter safety and more.

Three children scan for trains at a level crossing.

New rail safety PowerPoint education resource

Coming soon for Rail Safety Week!

Teachers, police and coordinators can all make use of this presentation to teach kids and teens the essentials of crossing the tracks safely.

Photos and text cover the key points with activities to do in the classroom to reinforce learning.

It will be published during Rail Safety Week, 5-11 August. We’ll send you the link then.

Two cartoon posters about rail safety

Rail safety posters – now available

Ready to print, in English and te reo Māori.

Rail safety joins our collection of posters for schools.

Already available are posters for:

  • walk, scoot and skate safely
  • cycle safely.

Road and rail safety posters


Rail safety webinar – sign up now

Join Megan Drayton, Foundation Manager at TrackSAFE Foundation NZ and Dawn Pollard, Senior Education Advisor at NZTA.

Time: Thursday, 25 July 2024 3:30pm - 4:30pm

What: Megan and Dawn will share resources and big ideas to help you take part in Rail Safety Week 5-11 August 2024.

Register now for this webinar

TrackSafe Foundation logo.

Teenager removes earphones while checking for trains.

More rail safety resources

We have a full curriculum resource on the topic. Plus a song ready for your classroom!

The song Stop Look Listen and Think includes a music video, audio files and printable lyrics.

Rail safety resources


Cartoon of three school children.

TEACHERS: reminder of new worksheets

Newly published and very popular – hundreds of educators have downloaded these already.

  • Teachers can use these worksheets for short lessons about road safety.
  • Five worksheets per year group: Years 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10.
  • Each worksheet available in English and te reo Māori.

Most worksheets are 1 to 4 pages and include self-contained age-appropriate lessons that grow critical thinking and creativity. Teacher support material included.

Road safety worksheets

Plus, check out the latest Teacher guide to road safety education.

This online guide covers effective educational approaches, checklists of what children learn at each age band, and a few case studies. For early childhood, primary and secondary.

Teacher guide to road safety education



POLICE: school patrol video in te reo Māori

Out now: spoken te reo Māori edition of the School Patrol pedestrian crossing training video.

Plus we’ve delivered USB sticks for school community officers to Gabrielle Carroll, the Police Youth National Coordinator. She’ll send them out to all SCOs shortly.

The USB sticks contain:

  • The new video in te reo, with subtitles in English and Māori
  • The full training video series for School Traffic Safety Teams
  • The STST Manual.

The new te reo Māori video is narrated by the wonderful tamariki of Te Puāwaitanga, Birkdale Primary School.

School patrol training videos



COORDINATORS: scooter resources for councils

Heaps of handy scooter education resources are now in the Coordinator resources section. Thanks to all the councils that contributed.

If you’re working with schools, you’ll find:

  • build your own bike rack instructions
  • scooter skills training: lesson plans, posters and teacher resources
  • scooter safety classroom worksheets for students to complete.

Filter by topic: scooters to bring all these up at a glance.

Coordinator resources

Hand made bike rack at a school.


More information


For any questions about the Waka Kotahi Education Portal, email us at SafeSchoolTravel@nzta.govt.nz

Visit our website education.nzta.govt.nz