By Debbie Halkett | Posted: Thursday November 25, 2021
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“Christmas and that breakaway is just around the corner. I’m asking everyone who is going away to make the journey part of the holiday, as tiredness (often called fatigue) and driving is a big problem in New Zealand.
So as you plan your journey to your holiday destination, please make sure you build in a stop every two hours or so. People often think driving for 4 or 5 hours is fine, however as you get tired and continue driving you are putting your family and other road users at risk. A short 15 or 20 minute stop, could refresh you to carry on your journey (it might also stop you having a crash). Attached is some examples of travel times and suggested stopping towns.
So before you leave, check this great website https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/. Not only will it show you the time and distance of your journey, but it will also have any roadworks or delays along the way. It will also allow you to think about your stopping places, maybe get the children to find a café or park and include them in the journey planning?
Have a wonderful Christmas and make some wonderful memories.”
Road Safety Co-ordinator
NEXT CHAPTER PARENTING offering Individual, or group, PARENTING SESSIONS via Zoom.
Eight one hourly sessions, weekly at a time convenient to you, available evenings.Topics covered include Communication, Empathy, Setting Limits, QualityTime, Consequences, Choices, Redirection, Pick your battles with your child, Problem Behaviour, Praise vs Acknowledgement, Time In vs Time Out, The Pause, Erickson’s Stages of Growth, Personality Types and how
it affects your children. WINZ funding assistance where eligible.
Contact: [email protected]
Are you a Grandparent raising a Grandchild/Grandchildren? or maybe an Uncle or Aunt in a similar position?
Would you like to connect with others who are doing the same? We would like to set up a support network to encourage and help you.
Our first meeting is on Thursday 2 December at REACH Church Community Hall, 15 College Street, 1pm - 2.30pm. Afternoon tea provided - and Children welcome. To express an interest please contact 4372666. Assistance with transport may be possible.
We are excited to host another Beach Clean Up after our first one at Campbells Bay had such a great turn out. It would be fantastic if you could share this with the families at your school.
Bring the whole family and join us for a fun day out at one of our beautiful local beaches to collect litter. Please bring your own gardening gloves.
There will be a chance to win some great prizes and a range of hands on learning and awareness activities on the day! Don’t miss out!
You and your friends may register at: https://www.whitestonegeopark.nz/beach-clean-up
Please note that this event might be postponed due to Covid-19 Alert Levels! Make sure to register to be kept up-to-date.