2 Feb 2015

I recently sent this letter to Minister Nick Smith following some comments from him about urban design and footpaths. High quality urban design that encourages walkable neighbourhoods around public transport nodes is essential for the future or our cities. Good urban design makes economic sense both for individuals and communities as a whole.

Here is the letter I sent. I will post the response when it arrives.

Andy Smith - Living Streets Aotearoa President


22 Jan 2015

Vienna is 'stepping ahead'!


The City of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto ‘stepping ahead’ from 20 - 23 October 2015. The conference in Vienna City Hall provides space for a comprehensive discussion of strategies for the promotion of walking.

The vibrant and dynamic program will engage side events and thrilling walkshops, promise to create a memorable event and the possibility to gain new insights.

13 Jan 2015

Here is an article from the NZ Medical Journal by Alistair Woodward, Jamie Hosking, Shanthi Ameratunga

is that road users should drive, ride or walk carefully to avoid injury. There are three problems with this approach to road safety. The underlying logical model is circular. Not paying attention, or not being careful, is defined by the consequences.

Read more here

27 Nov 2014

Living Streets Aotearoa e-bulletin

 December  2014

Oakley Creek

Feel like you should be in two different places this Christmas. This photo is a real direction board from Oakley Creek Auckland (don't ask).

3 Oct 2014

Andy Smith will be representing LSA at Walk21 in Sydney on October 21-23.  This annual conference brings together all the walking and urban design people from around the globe.  Brent Toderian is a keynote speaker there and is touring NZ before that conference.

24 Aug 2014

You are invited to participate in a University of Canterbury research project about pedestrian crossing laws in New Zealand by completing the following questionnaire. It will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Everybody who completes the survey can go in the draw to win a $50 grocery voucher.

12 Aug 2014

 Auckland Active Modes research report

Key take out points for walking for us were:


·        56% are normally walking and these need to be maintained; 20% are primed for walking so we need to encourage these people; and 24% are not primed for walking and will be harder to encourage.

·        32% of people are walking more often than a year ago and 35% expect to walk more this coming year.

16 Nov 2013

A great collection of Hamilton Walking maps are available on the Hamilton Branch page

See our Maps Page for other areas.


14 Apr 2013

The Trust that fromed from the Getacross movement has launched the Skyath website

It details the progess in getting across the Waitemata.

26 Sep 2012


Air New Zealand has joined forces with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to protect and enhance some of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural environments.  Together we are on a global search for keen walkers to get amongst it and take on all of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks in nine weeks.


29 Mar 2012

When streets are dead-end for cars but are open for pedestrians as well as cyclists we label them living-end-streets.

See this conversion


18 Jul 2011

I can't believe how useful this iPhone application is.  Anywhere in NZ I can take a photo of the street problem (car on path, overhanging trees), write a description the phone uses GPS to tell where I am.  Press REPORT and it will send it to the council in charge of that area.  And it works well.

A must use for any walking advocate

4 Jul 2011

GetAcross is a campaign that has been lobbying and advocating for cyclists and walkers to get across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. LSA have been involved in supporting Getacross since its beginning.  Its is a great project and will transform the way people use the bridge and connect our communities.  Most importantly it will give a transport choice in these uncertain times.

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Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

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