This is what a few of NZ’s more infamous and unforgiving black spots look like. They can take both visitors and local residents by surprise.
Goose Bay, Cantebury. Notorious for truck accidents -as many as 20 truck crashes happened here every year.
Glenda Drive/ SH6 intersection near Frankton. Named as a “death trap” is now due for a $4million upgrade
Junction of Jackson’s Road and Old Renwick Road, Marlborough. The intersection is dangerous because trees on its southwestern corner block views of approaching vehicles.
Dome Valley, north of Auckland hs claimed at least 19 lives since 2001, the Warkworth to Wellsford stretch of road is ranked the 5th most dangerous in the country.
SH2 near Te Puke has been called one of the country’s most dangerous roads, notorious for being “dark and dangerous”
Numerous accidents occured at around the Petone Esplanade / Horokiwi turnoff.
Stretches of State Highway 2 near Mangatawwhiri are also a “notorious accident blackspot“
Cable Bay Road / SH6 Intersection in Nelson described as “a notorious accident blackspot”
The ‘Notorious Akerama Bends‘, Coroner Brandt Shortland – conducted an inquest into the deaths of two Korean tourists at the Akerama Bends in September 2007 – called on roading authorities to straighten the S-bend or put up clear warning signs. (no street view available)
There are many theories explaining the shockingly high death and injury rates on New Zealand’s roads. Whilst the young driving age and drink-driving plays a not inconsiderable part there are some locations where road design and layout are so unforgiving that the smallest driver error could potentially result in disaster.
According to the AA
* New Zealand’s Road Safety to 2010 strategy forecasts that 42 lives a year could be saved by improvements in road engineering.
* Installing rumble strips on roads can reduce crashes by up to 27% by preventing run-off-road and head-on collisions.
* Installing a barrier along an embankment can reduce run-off-road casualty crashes by as much as 45%.
KiwiRAP (NZ Road Assessment Programme) gives safety rating figures for a number of NZ’s roads, this is a table showing the ranking for roads on the basis of high collective risk (click for a larger image)
Further information may be found here: KiwiRAP risk tables
John Key has offered to chaffeur Americans who visit New Englan…er Zealand, (it’s near Tasmania) we think that’s rather decent of him, they’ll be good tippers. :
“Once you get here it’s fantastic” oh. A Freudian slip?
There are also Americans already in New Zealand who would be very grateful for Mr Key to give them a lift on his way to the airport, well since he’s going their way why not? Busy times ahead.
See also: American put-downs
NB: USA – Kiwi translation
“Slot Machines” – Pokies
“Cinnabon” – Hot bread shop
Tourism New Zealand Chairman Greg Muir has today announced the appointment of Kevin Bowler as its new CEO, effective as from “early January.”
He’ll be based in their Auckland office and will divide his time between there and Wellington.
Mr Bowler is an old boy of Hillcrest High School and gained his degree at the University of Waikato.
No word yet as to whether or not he’s got a ticket for the Letterman show.
When Tourism NZ chief executive George Hickton was asked recently if he would be sitting in the studio audience to watch John Key appear on the Letterman show (Key is both the Prime Minister and Tourism Minister for New Zealand) the answer was no, he wasn’t even sure who was going to get tickets but still intended to make the trip to New York as he had other work to do for Key.
A report in The Dominion Post today headed ‘Tourism boss’s plans thwarted‘ says that:
“Mr Hickton said he was still uncertain if he and other tourism officials would get to the show. “It’s probably unlikely. It’s not what I’m going for. Honestly, I couldn’t care less … I don’t even watch it.”
Do we detect a ‘flounce’? are show tickets that hard to come by? Here’s the link if you want to go
Other tourism related stories you may be interested in:
“Kevin Bowler named new chief exec of Tourism NZ”
“Stephen Pahl, Destination Queenstown CEO resigns. Status quo restored.”
Stephen Pahl, the Australian CEO of Destination Queenstown (DQ) has quit after less than a year in the post.
His resignation was announced in the Otago Daily Times today, effective as of next week, it’s all seems a bit sudden – Mr Pahl seemed to have a bright future ahead of him in Queenstown.
Previously Pahl had been with Ecotourism Australia (EA) for 9 years until he resigned in late October last year. During his highly successful tenure EA had grown from virtually nothing to become an innovative leader in sustainable tourism. It had over 1,000 ECO Certified products and was internationally recognized as a Global leader in the provision and management of certification programs which were about to launched overseas as “ECO International.”
In 2008 EA won the World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Tourism for Tomorrow” Award for Conservation at the World Tourism Summit in Dubai.
When his resignation from EA was announced he described the satisfaction of being able to make a direct contribution to the sustainability of the tourism industry, and to have been able to make a difference, as having been “extremely rewarding.”
By January he’d re-emerged in NZ with Destination Queenstown where he planned to do “wonderfully well” and wanted to spend time geting to know the marketing strategies in place and to do a “reality check” on how they related to the market and the challenges ahead. He was quoted as saying that the organisation would have to be “highly innovative” and that one of his first priorities was to engage with the airlines, including Jetstar.
He was also asked if he felt any pressure for “being an Aussie” to which his reply was “The fact I’m an Aussie, I hope no one’s going to hold that against me. If you look around the place, there are a lot of key people who are maybe Europeans, Americans or Irish. I’m here to do a job, I’ll do it wonderfully well. I’m a Kiwi now. I’m here for the long-haul. People have told me you’ve got to be here, 15 years is it, before you’re a local – we need to review that.” (Something that will resonate with many migrants in New Zealand who’ve been told they lack vital Kiwi experience) He also said that he’d have no problems working with his number two Graham Budd, who’d also applied for the job.
He was to be joined by his wife in March after she’d sold her Brisbane florist business and their 13 year old son who was due to attend Wakatipu High school.
Then in August details of an alleged DQ board draft restructuring plan were announced which proposed to axe a marketing manager’s post through the amalgamation of those held by market managers Linda McIntosh and Catriona Noonan. The role of Marketing GM held by Graham Budd (see above) was to be “scaled down” and Rotorua tourism identity Oscar Nathan had been engaged to “consult with staff.”
The Director of the Board said that the re-shuffle was about being “fiscally responsible” in a recession and denied that it was being driven by Stephen Pahl, she was asked if the restructure was canned if it would mean a question mark over Pahl’s position, her reply was:
“Why ever? I don’t think the recession’s got anything to do with the CEO.”
Pahl echoes his chairman’s view that he and the DQ board are “duty-bound” to look at the most efficient structure to deliver its business plan. “It’s not about Pahl putting his stamp on DQ – “It’s not about me, it’s not about people”. “Most businesses in this day are looking at the best way to cut their cloth.”
Told his chairman concedes the review mightn’t change anything, Pahl responds: “I don’t know why she would have said that.”
“Status Quo” and “Secret Squirrels”
“Long-time local tourism operator Geoff Clear calls the restructure “a silly move”.
“We’re just going to have in-house bickering and a downturn of [staff] confidence.
“While it’s a vulnerable economy, we’ve got to keep the status quo – it’s working. Eighty per cent of DQ members wouldn’t know what’s happening, there are too many secret squirrels.”
Clear is adamant the restructure is Pahl’s idea and will be rubber-stamped by the board.
Pahl’s first attempt to restructure DQ failed, however. He tried to end Australia-based marketing rep Jana Kingston’s contract and have DQ convention bureau staff handle the role – Pahl backtracked after a storm of protest from local operators.”
Is it any wonder Pahl, a highly successful, energetic and innovative go-getter only lasted 8 months in the job? The official reason for his departure is that he’s returning to Brisbane to “reinvigorate” his family’s two businesses, managed by his wife Debbie. Something that is probably a lot easier to reinvigorate than Destination Queenstown perhaps?
We have the feeling that this won’t be the last we hear of Stephen Pahl’s involvement in the Tourism Industry and wish him every success for the future.