Pukerua Bay pupils help with launch

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Pukerua Bay School pupils took the train into Welling­ton last Mon­day to help spread the word about rail safety.

Pukerua bay School prin­ci­pal Tara Tay­lor-Jor­gensen said 24 chil­dren trav­elled into the city to help launch a new rail­way safety cam­paign, some­thing she said is im­por­tant for the school.

‘‘Be­ing in Pukerua Bay we have a train sta­tion that a lot of chil­dren have to cross on their way home. They also have to cross the high­way and we do a lot of road and train safety pro­grammes.’’

She said the trip into Welling­ton high­lighted the safety mes­sages the pupils had been learn­ing in the class­room.

‘‘There’s noth­ing bet­ter than go­ing on a train when you’re learn­ing about it. they had an ab­so­lute blast and made our school very proud.’’

Track­SAFE NZ man­ager Me­gan Dray­ton said peo­ple for­get that when they ap­proach a cross­ing they’re tak­ing a risk.

‘‘They get used to sig­nage and be­come overly fa­mil­iar with the area... dis­trac­tions like cell­phones mean that peo­ple often don’t con­sciously check for trains.’’

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