Housing New Zealand Lower South Island area manager Kate
Milton watches from the driveway of a Dunedin state house
as tenant Teri Moore plays with her daughter Meyah in the
newly fenced yard. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A $30 million government initiative will make about 20
Dunedin state houses with driveways for children's play.
Housing New Zealand (HNZ) tenant Teri Moore (23), of Dunedin,
said looking after her daughter Meyah (3) was more
''manageable'' since she moved to the newly fenced Halfway
Bush state house.
Before they moved in, a front hedge was removed for timber
and steel fencing and gates to be put up so the front yard
was separated from the driveway.
In another Dunedin state house she and her daughter had lived
in, the backyard was fenced, but the front yard was not
separated from the driveway or road.
The fenced front yard made a big difference to caring for her
daughter, she said.
''Now, I can leave my front door open and muck around in the
house ... I don't have to bother when she's outside anymore.
When she's outside, I know she's safe.''
HNZ Lower South Island area manager Kate Milton said
nationally, a child was taken to hospital every two weeks and
five children died a year as a result of being run over in
HNZ inspected more than 13,000 state houses in New Zealand
where a child aged under 5 lived and more than 4000 houses
were given a high priority focus for driveway safety work by
next June. The work focused on separating driveways from play
areas and installing fencing, self-closing gates, speed
restriction signs, speed humps and convex mirrors to prevent
Of the 1450 state homes in Dunedin, about 20 were earmarked
as high priority houses.
Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said New Zealand had one of
the highest rates of child driveway accidents in the world
and state houses were over-represented in the statistics.
The $30 million nationwide programme would make 13,000
driveways at state houses safer for children and was expected
to be completed within four years.