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Road safety

Our role in road safety

Waikato Regional Council provides leadership in road safety, ensuring that all activities across the region are effectively coordinated and the best safety outcomes are achieved for the regional community. 

We oversee the development and implementation of the region's guiding policies, and also have a specific role to play in road user education on the regional transport network.

Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group

The Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group is a cross-agency collective that has been formed to promote road safety education throughout the Waikato region, from the Bombay Hills in the north to the Desert Road in the south. 

The group is led by Waikato Regional Council in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency, ACC, the NZ Police and local authorities.

Regional Road Safety Strategy

The 2017-2021 Regional Road Safety Strategy [PDF, 4.2 MB] for the Waikato region was developed by Waikato Regional Council in collaboration with all of the region's road safety partners. The strategy outlines policies and actions designed to drive down the number and severity of crashes with a view to reducing injuries and deaths on Waikato's roads

Click here to visit Ruben's website(external link)Ruben the Road Safety Bear

Ruben the Road Safety Bear is is the mascot of Waikato Regional Council's Young Road User programme. This fun, interactive programme teaches children (aged 3 to 7 years old) the basic foundation skills to keep them safe when out and about on the roads.

Vist Ruben's website(external link) to find out more, meet Ruben, join his Roadstars Kids Club and take part in fun road safety activities.

Schools and early childhood education centres in the Waikato region can book a visit from Ruben by contacting Jenny Davis on our freephone 0800 800 401 or email

Reduce the risk

Click here to visit the Reduce the Risk campaign website(external link)

The "Reduce the risk" campaign aims to raise public awareness of some of the most critical road safety issues in the Waikato, and in particular highlights some key facts that all road users should know to help them keep safe on the roads.

Visit the website(external link), or for more information contact Monique Haines on our freephone 0800 800 401 or

Speed Management

Working collaboratively with road controlling authorities, the NZ Transport Agency, NZ Police, Waikato DHB and other road safety partners, Waikato Regional Council is coordinating work on speed management, which is about changing the way we approach speed on our roads in the Waikato region. Visit the Speed Management page to find out more.

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