Headshot of SeanSean is currently studying politics and environmental management at the University of Otago. The Executive Officer of the National Disabled Students' Association and co-president of the Otago Disabled Students’ Association, Sean is passionate about empowering the voices of disabled people in the areas of sustainability and tangible change for the inclusion of disabled people in transport. 

VS Santa crossingThe end of another busy year draws near. We've had an interesting time, especially with the arrival (or return) of a number of new members to our team. Thanks to all of our clients, partners and other colleagues who we have enjoyed working with this past year; we hope you have a well-deserved break over the Christmas period!

Kenn Beer introducing 8-80 design within the safe systemOn Thursday 10 November, the Transportation Group ran Creating Safer Streets, Age Friendly Ōtautahi at Tūranga. This interactive workshop was focussed on understanding the lived experience of people young and old, and specifically considered this lived experience when designing a central Christchurch street. 

Inclusive, all age designs were evaluated by how well they achieved the principles of safe system assessments, the pedestrian level of service tool, as well as key principles of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). 

Axel's tshirt, showing a drawing of bicycle handlebars with the caption 'life behind bars'The “ViaStrada Handlebars” are proud to be supporting men’s health this #movember. 

Our why?  Raise some funds and grow awareness for serious health issues facing our dads, brothers, sons, and mates and to have fun doing it!

Our team of Mo Bros will be, wait for it, growing mo’s, while our Mo Sisters will be setting their own physical challenges. Follow our progress throughout the month here.

Biketober logoViaStrada has a history of supporting Biketober.

Biketober 2022 is a month-long festival of cycling being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Auckland, and the Southern Lakes District




Nick Reid is all smiles in his academic regalia gownCongratulations to Luca Ware and Nick Reid who both recently graduated from the University of Canterbury!

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori tileIt’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week! 12-18 Sept 2022

You may have noticed bilingual traffic signage popping up across Aotearoa?

Following on from @Waka Kotahi’s research on bilingual signs 2021, the He Tohu Huarahi Māori bilingual traffic signs programme was developed.

The ViaStrada team out for dinnerWe recently celebrated legendary staff member Jon Ashford’s coming of age, otherwise known as turning 65! Jon is a senior transportation engineer and CAD specialist who has been with the ViaStrada team since 2010

ViaStrada team at Riverside Kitchen.The ViaStrada team recently enjoyed a mid-winter social night out at Riverside Kitchen.  Split into small teams for a mini ‘Master Chef' style challenge, each team was given a recipe and ingredients to make tasty hors d’oeuvres for everyone.
With much hilarity, a little light-hearted competition, and great food, this was a perfect team-building exercise on a rainy evening!

Action shot of David paddling a kayak in whitewaterWe are excited to welcome David McCormick to the ViaStrada team! 

David has a diploma in civil engineering with over seven years of experience in transportation. David most recently worked for Invercargill City Council where his responsibilities included general road safety, speed management, asset management, and the LED street lighting upgrade.