On Thursday morning, 15 August, the Somerville Intermediate Travelwise monitors participated in a “Slow down around schools” event on Meadowland Drive.


The students put on their high visibility vests and worked with the New Zealand Police to helpenforce and promote the 40km speed limit around schools. The police used speed guns and pulled over any driver above the speed limit. Under police supervision, the students read a “bad driver” speech, explaining how speeding made them feel unsafe and asking them to slow down in future.


Drivers who were travelling at, or under the limit, were also pulled over. The students delivered a “good driver” thank you speech and presented them with a small gift.


Our Travelwise students were “buzzing” after being part of this exciting event. It was great to see the police in action; some of our students even got to try using the speed guns. We were also encouraged by all the motorists who were driving safely.

As a school, we would like to thank our local community constable, Ian Willets, Tracey Thompson from Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Police for their help in facilitating this event.


In conclusion, we would like to remind our community that school speed zones are in force throughout Auckland on school days. They operate 35 minutes before the start of school and 20 minutes at the end of the school day.