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AMETI Eastern busway road safety competition AMETI Eastern busway road safety competition

Calling all budding writers, directors, actors, animators and editors at East Auckland schools to take part in the 2020 AMETI Eastern busway road safety video competition!

Competition currently postponed until further notice

Dear schools, teachers and students, we hope you are all doing ok during this time of change.

At this point in time we have decided to postpone the competition until further notice.

In the coming weeks more information about the competition will be supplied and in the meantime if you wish to contact us about the work you have been doing or have any questions please feel free to contact

Stay safe everyone

The AMETI team

We're asking schools in East Auckland to create a 90 second video, promoting safe speeds around the construction of the AMETI Eastern busway. Checkout the competition criteria, and terms and conditions.

The competition starts in term 1, 2020 and closes the end of term 2, 2020. Schools must register to take part and will receive an email with links to lesson plans.

Register to take part

About the competition

The competition gives students a real-world issue (road safety) to explore and create messaging for. Videos should encourage safe speeds around the construction of the AMETI Eastern busway e.g. promoting the safety of:

  • pedestrians
  • people driving through the construction area
  • shared spaces
  • the construction zone and construction workers.

Entries can be based on current campaigns, like the AT "Keep it to 30km" campaign.

Production of the video aligns with the curriculum, so does not create extra work for teachers on top of core subjects. Curriculum-based learning helps students develop the knowledge, values and dispositions to contribute to safer road use. Exploring real world issues adds meaning and relevance to the curriculum and gives students the opportunity to learn and express themselves as citizens of Auckland.

We will provide all the unit plans and lessons that can be adapted by teachers. The plans are created by NZTA and link into Science, English, Drama, Art, Math, Digital technology.

Winning entries will not only get a great prize, they will also be showcased in the AMETI newsletter, on our AMETI webpage, present to the Auckland Transport Executive leadership team and staff and attend the Travelwise celebration for a special mention and to present the winning entry.


There are some great prizes* to be won for the winning class and school. There are 9 prizes in total:

  • 3 x Primary school – first, second and third.
  • 3 x Intermediate school – first, second and third.
  • 3 x Secondary school – first, second and third.

First Prize

A class trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island for up to 45 students and 16 adults, plus HOP cards for the winners to travel to and from the Ferry terminal, Auckland.

Second Prize

$1000 Sports grant for the school.

Third Prize

$500 Sports grant for the school.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Schools that can enter

The AMETI Eastern busway road safety video competition is open to all schools in East Auckland. Entries can be for the whole school, whole class, or student group.

There are 3 categories:

  1. Primary
  2. Intermediate
  3. Secondary.

Competition dates

  • Registration is from February 2020 until April 2020. All registered entries will receive curriculum-based unit and lesson plans.
  • Classes can work on the video from the start of term 1, 2020.
  • Video entries can be uploaded from 28 April 2020. Schools can enter multiple times, but registration must be completed by a teacher.
  • Competition closes Friday 3 July 2020.
  • Winners will be announced Monday 20 July 2020.

Competition criteria

Students are asked to:

  • Investigate challenges and opportunities to promote safe speeds around the AMETI Eastern Busway construction. Some examples are:
    • How can you encourage drivers to slow down when travelling through the current construction zone or the Busway once it's completed. 
    • Catching public transport takes private vehicles off the roads, less cars equals safer roads.
    • Look out for construction workers, keeping everyone safe around the Eastern Busway.
    • How will the Eastern Busway improve road safety for people living and working in East Auckland?
  • Create solutions, raise questions or explore possibilities for a road safety campaign.
  • Turn ideas into a narrative and create a 90 second video*.
  • Share ideas in your school community and enter online.

Use the provided NZTA resources and curriculum

Use and adapt the teacher resources from the NZTA Education Portal’s curriculum resources, that integrate road safety and the transport system as contexts for the New Zealand Curriculum. (Specifically, Digital Technologies, Drama, Art, Science, English).

When you upload your entry, you will also be asked to clearly show which parts of the curriculum they have used for the project.

Accepted production formats

The competition entry must be submitted as a video, but can use any of these formats:

  • live acting
  • animation
  • story-board
  • narrative
  • comic strip
  • Hand-drawn explainer style
  • stop motion
  • digital presentation

* Competition entries must not use Shock tactics. More information on what to include and exclude will be available once you've registered. Awareness around other’s personal experience is a key component.