On Friday 9 February, we bade a fond farewell to our interns Amy and Azrie from their respective summer roles with us. While Azrie heads back to his hometown of Auckland, Amy continues her studies at the University of Canterbury. But it’s not goodbye entirely as Amy will be back for a short stint to help us with an upcoming project in Dunedin.

Glen presents 'Has cycling safety in New Zealand improved?'Congratulations to our very own Glen Koorey, recently announced as a Fellow by Engineering New Zealand Te Ao Rangahau. Fellowship is an honoured class of membership recognising highly experienced professionals who have made a huge impact on Engineering in New Zealand.

screenshot of the 12 Days of Christmas interactive Christmas cardSing along as you check out ViaStrada's 12 Days of Christmas!  

Our last official day in the office for 2023 is Friday 22nd December, with most of the team returning to work on Monday 8th January 2024. 

We wish all our clients and friends a very safe and Meri Kirihimete and a happy New Year.

Image with the words 'Your donations fund global breakthroughs in cancer research and treatment.'A massive thank you to everyone who supported our #Movember2023 team effort this year. Although not quite reaching the lofty heights of last year (over $1400, raised), we are nonetheless happy with the $1,079 raised which will go a long way to support men’s mental and physical health initiatives.

Amy, Debbie, Megan and kids, Glen, Tracey and Mark on the Jetty beside the Quail Island sign on Recently some of the team along with partners and family spent a fun day volunteering on Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour. Along with Ian and Pat from the Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust, we enjoyed a stunning bluebird day removing wilding pines and macrocarpa seedlings, with a lavish picnic lunch thrown in and time left over to explore the island and relax on the beach afterwards.

Amy and Azrie on their first day at ViaStradaToday we warmly welcome summer interns Amy Dunn and Azrie Azizi to the ViaStrada team!

Amy is currently in her second year of study at the University of Canterbury where she is studying Environmental Science majoring in Environmental Change while Azrie recently finished his studies at The University of Auckland where he conducted his final research project on 'Understanding mode choices of New Zealanders - Can we make more sustainable travel?'


Glen presenting 'How do we sell the Benefits of Lower Speeds' to ViaStrada staffGreat to hear ViaStrada's research by Glen on 'How we sell the Benefits of Lower Speeds?' is generating interest across the industry with Waka Kotahi and Tasman District amongst those requesting more info.  His think piece to reduce deaths and serious injuries was used at the National Lifeline Utilities Forum 2023 by Keynote Speaker, Simon Kingham, Senior Advisor Ministry of Transport.

SIDRA interface screen showing New Plymouth intersection modellingA recent example of ViaStrada’s SIDRA capabilities is Megan’s modelling of two signalised intersections in New Plymouth, as part of the Transport Choices programme. ViaStrada has identified several challenges in modelling filter turning across cycleways and has developed methods to deal with these.

Pim pictured with his dad at a Women's World Cup Football match in AucklandThis month we warmly welcome Pim van den Top to our team.

Pim is joining ViaStrada as a full-time Transportation Planner. Pim has a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) from the University of Auckland and has over 2.5 years of experience as a transport planner. Most recently, Pim worked at Aecom, and has been involved in a variety of types of projects including business cases, concept designs, and data analytics.

Breast Cancer NZ campaign picUPDATE: Walking in Winter Photo Competition 
Sadly we didn't receive any entries to our recent photo competition. However, rather than just feeling unloved (we know you are out there walking!!) we've donated the $150 prize money in lieu of entries to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ in support of this year's Breast cancer walk!