Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Walking School Bus Scheme Gets A Boost

18 September 2001

Auckland City’s Walking School Bus scheme got a significant boost from an appropriate sponsor – the bus operator Stagecoach.

The Walking School Bus involves children walking to school under the supervision of volunteer parents – a ‘driver’ and a ‘conductor’ – supervising the walkers.

Children join the bus at designated bus stops along the route. The driver and conductor wear a sash with the sponsor’s, the bus’ and the school’s name and each passenger has a bag tag.

The scheme is running at three Auckland primary schools and it is hoped the Stagecoach sponsorship will enable several more schools to join the programme.

The Mayor of Auckland Chris Fletcher, who today received a $10,000 sponsorship cheque from Stagecoach New Zealand Executive Chairman, Ross Martin, said the council couldn’t have asked for a better sponsor.

“It’s great to see the real bus company supporting our children’s Walking School Bus,” said Mrs Fletcher. “This programme is a safe alternative to car use and it helps reduce Auckland’s traffic congestion.”

Mr Martin said the Walking School Bus programme was an attractive sponsorship to Stagecoach.

It encourages better safety at the school gate for children with fewer cars dropping off and picking up students.

“There is also little doubt that such a scheme is a great forerunner to real school bus use that children will encounter as they move through their schooling life,” said Mr Martin.

Auckland City is holding on-going workshops for schools who are interested in setting up a Walking School Bus programme. Four schools are currently setting up new buses.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news