Madley, B., & Campbell, M. (2013). The built environment, Hamilton City Council policies and child driveway safety: a balancing act. 2013/14 Summer Research Scholarship report for the Child Injury Prevention Foundation New Zealand (CIPFNZ). Hamilton, New Zealand: Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato.
Permanent Research Commons link: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/8561
Driveway run-overs continue to bring tragedy to New Zealand families at a higher rate than any other Western nation. Meanwhile, little progress appears to have been made in regard to the recommendations of previous research. This project investigates whether recommendations in regard to one key factor in driveway run-overs, the built environment, are reflected in current local body policies and regulations. The research evaluates Hamilton City Council policies affecting the renovation and/or erection of domestic residences with a view to determining whether they are consistent with existing knowledge and best practice initiatives designed to minimise accidental injuries to children on driveways. The project compares the findings of a review of the existing literature on child safety best practice for the built environment and urban design of driveways, with a review of Hamilton City Council policies and guidelines relating to the built environment of residential properties and adjacent roads (the Operative District Plan, Ten Year Plan, Urban Growth Strategy, Vista, and more), along with relevant central government policy. These findings are triangulated with data from interviews with four expert informants – one child safety expert and three Hamilton City Council employees involved in planning, policy and transport – who provide insights into the translation of policies into practice.
Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato
© 2014 Brendan Madley and Maxine Campbell