Rail Safety – More Sustainable Journeys in Aotearoa New Zealand

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 24 May 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9uQx

During Rail Safety Week, look at the serious issues there have been involving trains in New Zealand and find out why rail safety should concern you. On this trip, meet people who are most involved with rail on a day-to-day basis and share your thoughts with them.

The more people who take trains the safer and less congested our roads will be. Plus, it's better for our health to get out and about and more sustainable for the planet to stop using cars quite so often.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Rail as a means of transport
  • New Zealand's rail system
  • Modern rail and the future
  • Rail safety
  • Rail Safety Week
  • Attitudes to rail and rail safety
  • Future focus
  • The effects of new technology
  • New careers in and around rail.

If your school is located near the rail corridor explore citizenship as personal responsibility or help solve rail safety issues by creating and using your own 'wicked problem' map.

During this field trip you will:

  • Follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • Ride a commuter train
  • Ride a freight train
  • Ride a tourist train
  • Interview a train driver
  • Interview a transport engineer and a transport planner
  • Go on a car journey that involves making decisions about crossing a railway line
  • Go on a walk with students that involves making decisions about crossing a railway line
  • Talk with students about their attitudes to rail safety and what they have learned in Rail Safety Week.

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Take a train ride for pleasure
  • Plan for and make safe decisions at rail crossings
  • Investigate study options and careers in the rail industry
  • Design a rail safety initiative for your school using design thinking
  • Use rail safety curriculum resources from the NZTA Education Portal.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

13 August 2019 – 15 August 2019

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342