Media release: The evidence supports investment in walking

: 16 Dec 2023

Living Streets Aotearoa, the national pedestrian advocacy organisation, is very concerned about Transport Minister Simeon Brown's direction to NZTA (Waka Kotahi) to end funding for local councils' walking and cycling projects. This is a short-sighted, ideological decision that will come back to haunt the Government.

Waka Kotahi announces pause in funding Transport Choices programme - our response

: 5 Nov 2023


Ahead of a new government being formed, Waka Kotahi has paused funding to a programme designed to speed up adoption of more sustainable modes of travel.

Living Streets President, Tim Jones, criticised Waka Kotahi's move. “There are many benefits of walking and other non-car modes, that we need to see accelerated for both health and climate action,” he said.

Profit pushes pedestrians aside: e-scooters to stay on footpaths

: 28 Sep 2023

Living Streets Aotearoa is disgusted that a public agency has put the interests of private companies ahead of the public interest. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has approved the renewal of the E-scooters (Declaration not to be motor vehicles) Gazette Notice for a further 5 years exactly as it has been since 2018.

We wonder why Waka Kotahi (NZTA) bothered to consult when it has apparently ignored:

Media release: National Party speed plans would mean more dead kids

: 24 Sep 2023

Living Streets Aotearoa, the national walking advocacy organisation, has strongly criticised the National Party's plan to increase local road speeds to 50km/h and state highway speeds to 100km/h.

Living Streets Aotearoa President Tim Jones said "This is a very bad policy. If it is carried out, it will mean more children, more elderly people, and more pedestrians die or are seriously injured on our roads."


Two exciting paid positions available working for walking!

: 28 Aug 2023

Living Streets Aotearoa is expanding. We are excited to offer two opportunities for paid part-time positions to support and extend the advocacy that Living Streets Aotearoa does. Are you interested in working for us or know someone who is? Please share this information.

It’s been a long time since we have had paid staff and we expect with the creation of these two roles to be able to offer members a better deal and expand our advocacy work to put walking more in the spotlight and on the map.

The two roles are

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Submit to make state highway speeds safer for pedestrians - submissions close Monday 12 December

: 1 Dec 2022

Do you want traffic speeds near schools, marae, and other community facilities reduced to make the streets safer for pedestrians and for all road users?

Then submit by Monday 12 December on NZTA / Waka Kotahi's Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan (ISMP).

About Us

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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