28 days ago

Kiwis need to halve car use by 2050 to sufficiently improve health

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

New Zealanders need to almost halve their number of car trips to satisfactorily improve our health and wellbeing, a new report claims.

The University of Otago report, Turning the Tide - from Cars to Active Transport, has recommended the Government put targets and legislation in place to reduce car use in urban centres from 84 per cent of trips to 45 per cent by 2050.

The report claims two-thirds of car trips made for commuting between 2015 and 2017 were within a comfortable cycling distance (five kilometres or less), while one-third were within a reasonable walking distance (2km or less).


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9 hours ago

Coronation St stars boost 100th birthday party in Timaru

Doug Sail Reporter from The Timaru Herald

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9 hours ago

Poll: Do you support the teachers' mega-strike this Wednesday?

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

About 50,000 primary and secondary teachers will swap their pens for placards after their two unions rejected a series of pay offers. It will affect hundreds of thousands of students in more than 2000 schools.
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Do you support the teachers' mega-strike this Wednesday?
  • 56% Yes!
    56% Complete
  • 37.3% No.
    37.3% Complete
  • 6.6% Haven't really thought about it.
    6.6% Complete
1026 votes
7 days ago

Will a new "health shuttle" to Christchurch assist you?

Doug Sail Reporter from The Timaru Herald

It's manned by St John volunteers and aims to relieve pressure on busy ambulance staff and help people get to important health appointments in Christchurch.