“Cant rewind time” coming to the Kawerau night market!!

Date published: March 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm | Comments

 

 

Kai Maaka and the ‘Can’t rewind time’ dance troupe have been communicating, through dance and theatre, to young drivers around the Eastern Bay that ‘real life has no rewind’.

Kai Maaka and the ‘Can’t rewind time’ dance troupe have been communicating, through dance and theatre, to young drivers around the Eastern Bay that ‘real life has no rewind’.

Road safety dancers change lives

Date: Embargoed until Saturday 21 March 2015.

What began as a ‘just a job’ for a group of young dancers has evolved into a life changing experience, according to dance troupe member, Kai Maaka.

Mr Maaka, aged 16, has been part of a troupe delivering road safety messages this month, through dance and theatre, to young Eastern Bay people. The new show is part of the innovative ‘Can’t rewind time’ campaign run by the Eastern Bay Road Safety Committee.

“This event has made me think more about consequences and that everything comes with a price. Drink driving is such a selfish act. What you do affects not only you, but your family and everyone around you. It’s like a ripple effect.

The dance scene is really powerful, so many people have come up to us performers afterwards to say what an emotional impact it has had on them.”

Mr Maaka added, “Peer pressure to drink with friends is a huge issue for young people. Once your judgement is impaired by alcohol, you can’t listen to reason.”

In addition to the ‘pop up’ dance and theatre show, the road safety events included a driving simulator, a ‘Booze goggles’ demonstration, video interviews and a social media campaign.

Committee Chairperson, Haki McRoberts, said he is very pleased with how well the campaign had been received so far.  He said that doing something different from previous road safety campaigns was ambitious. “Given the reception we’ve had from young people around the Eastern Bay and the interaction we’ve had with the community at each of the events, it’s been well worth it,” he said.

He noted that the Eastern Bay of Plenty crash statistics for young people, aged 15 to 24, are amongst the worst in the country. Many of these crashes were related to alcohol, drugs and speed.

Campaign events held so far have included the Ōpōtiki A & P Show, Ngāti Manawa Hauora Day in Murupara and Whakatāne CBD show.  The final event will be held at the Kawerau Night Market this Thursday evening.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Road Safety Committee members encourage people to follow the events and give feedback on Facebook.

[https://www.facebook.com/Road.safety.Eastern.Bay ]

 

See for more info …  https://www.facebook.com/events/382835641923583/

Source: William Stewart ROAD SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS