Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Anzac Day 2019 commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey
On Anzac Day 2019, we will commemorate the Anzac landings in Gallipoli. This bulletin should be read in conjunction with our Turkey travel advisory.

Safety and security
The Anzac Day Service on the Gallipoli peninsula is a five hour drive from Istanbul. For this region of Turkey, we advise you to exercise increased caution.

There are a number of areas in south-east Turkey that we advise New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to, and other areas that we advise New Zealanders do not travel to (along the Syrian border, and the city of Diyarbakir). See our Turkey advisory for more information.

We advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey, including in Ankara, Istanbul and on the Gallipoli peninsula, due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest. For more information on these advice levels, see our Turkey advisory and our About our advisories page.

Terrorism
Terrorist attacks can take place anywhere and at any time in Turkey. Terrorist groups have conducted deadly attacks in Turkey and continue to threaten further attacks. New Zealanders throughout Turkey are advised to exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources, and following the instructions of local authorities.

Be security conscious around buildings and sites associated with Turkish government and security forces, as well as landmarks and places known to be frequented by foreigners, such as embassies, tourist locations, shopping malls, entertainment areas, public transport, airports, places of worship and identifiably Western businesses. If you are in an area affected by an attack, you should leave the immediate vicinity as soon as it is safe to do so, follow any instructions given by local authorities and let your family know you are safe and well.

The security environment in Turkey may change between now and Anzac Day. We recommend that New Zealanders travelling to Turkey for the Anzac commemorations regularly monitor SafeTravel and our travel advice, which will be kept under close review in the lead up to the event. 

Attending the services
The 2019 Anzac Day commemorative services at Gallipoli will be held on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 April. More information on the services, what to expect at Gallipoli and what to bring, can be found here.

New Zealanders attending the 2019 Anzac Day services at Gallipoli will require an attendance pass. This pass can be obtained by registering on the Overseas Commemorations Website.

Security and crowd management at the commemorations are the responsibility of local security staff. Attendees will be subject to airport-style screening at the entrances to sites, including bag searches. Follow the instructions of security staff at all times.

Local health authorities provide limited medical support at the commemorative sites. Support is mostly designed for medical emergencies. Bring your own first aid kit (e.g. sunscreen, band aids and paracetamol) as these are not provided.

Facilities designed for persons with disabilities or restricted mobility are not generally available in Turkey.  Before organising your trip, contact a travel agent, tour operator or the local tourist authority to find out whether local transport, accommodation and attractions will cater for your needs.

Before you go
All domestic and international passenger flights to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport were transferred to the new Istanbul Airport as of 7 April 2019. For New Zealanders travelling to Turkey, we recommend that you check your flight details with your airline. See our news feature for more information.

All New Zealanders planning on attending the Gallipoli Anzac Day Commemorative Services are encouraged to:

  • Register your details on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s SafeTravel website so that you are made aware of any changes to our travel advice for Turkey and so that we can contact you and account for your well-being in the event of an emergency; and
  • Ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You also need to check which circumstances and activities are covered and not covered by your insurance policy, as limitations can apply.  Your travel insurer should have a 24/7 emergency number.

Consular assistance at Gallipoli 
Consular staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be in Turkey over the commemorative period to provide on-the-ground consular assistance required by New Zealanders attending the Gallipoli commemorations. For information on the kind of consular assistance the New Zealand Government can and cannot provide, check out the ‘When Things Go Wrong’ tab on the SafeTravel website.

Throughout this period, New Zealanders requiring consular assistance should contact +90 533 284 08 88.  

Emergency numbers:

  • Firefighting and rescue services: 110
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Criminal issues in major cities: 155 (English speakers not always available)
  • Criminal issues in rural areas: 156 (English speakers rarely available).

Foreigners may also contact the Tourist Police in Istanbul on +90 212 527 4503 during office hours.

Associated Advisories:

See the Turkey travel advisory

The New Zealand Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Street Address Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, Turkey 
Telephone + 90 312 446 3333 
Fax +90 312 446 3317 
Email newzealandembassyankara@gmail.com 
Website http://www.mfat.govt.nz/turkey 
Hours Mon – Fri 0830 – 1700

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Waiho River Bailey bridge on track for reopening Friday

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency says South Westland’s Waiho River Bailey bridge should be ready to open this Friday, 12 April. The exact time cannot be confirmed until later this week.

“The Army engineers and the Downer team have made good progress dismantling the old bridge sections this weekend and last week,” says Pete Connors, System Manager for the Transport Agency. “The Fulton Hogan team and others have also worked hard on the north side, with new piles driven and other key work completed.

“At this stage we believe the main launch of the new structure will occur on Tuesday this week, ahead of some forecast *wet weather. The Bailey will not be open to traffic for at least a couple of days after it arrives at the north side of the river as the bridge needs to be jacked, rocking rollers removed, new permanent bearings installed, and the whole structure safely fastened in place. The approaches also need to be completed once the bridge is positioned.” 

Delays after opening

After the bridge is open to traffic, there is more work to do: sealing the approaches, reinstating guardrail, the pedestrian walkway and other work which will involve closures of up to an hour.

Open for business in South Westland

Mr Connors reminded people that the South Westland townships of Fox, Franz Josef, and Haast, are open for business and welcome visitors from each side of the Waiho in the lead up to the reconnection at the Waiho River. 

Work underway on Saturday, 6 April, dismantling the old structure, ready for the launch of the new bridge:

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Lane closure on Gladstone Road Bridge

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

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Tairawhiti Roads is advising that there will be a lane closure on Gladstone Road Bridge on Tuesday 9 April between 9am and 11am.

This is to enable contractors to erect the new lamp posts onto the bridge – one of the final steps in the project to create a shared walking and cycling path as part of Gisborne’s Urban Cycleways Programme.

Tairawhiti Roads General Manager Dave Hadfield says the project is nearly complete and should be open to the public by Easter.

“This has been one of our highest profile transport projects over the last few months. I know many locals have been keeping an eye on progress and are eager to see the finished result and get on their bikes to try it out,” Mr Hadfield says.

Motorists can expect traffic to build up on Wainui Road, Customhouse Street and Childers Road during the bridge lane closure and should be aware of the roadworks on Awapuni Road where delays are also expected.

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NZTA to ‘Pause for Health and Safety’

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency is today joining industry partners to engage and focus on the significance of health and safety for half a day.

The ‘Pause for Health and Safety Day’ will involve all Transport Agency staff and industry workers nationwide pausing work between 8am and 12pm, to focus on creating safer working environments and eradicating workplace accidents.

The recent deaths of four men on roading construction sites in Wellington’s Ngauranga Gorge and on State Highway 2 at Pikowai in the eastern Bay of Plenty were the catalyst for the health and safety day.

Transport Agency Safety, Health and Environment General Manager Greg Lazzaro says these deaths were devastating for families, work colleagues, communities, firms and the wider construction industry.

“For the Transport Agency and our industry partners health and safety is our top priority, we have strict health and safety policies. We must all take actions to prevent accidents, which injure people while they are at work and we must never be complacent.”

It is an established practice for industry to down tools to re-engage and refocus their people on health and safety. Today the Transport Agency is uniting with its industry partners to show, in our actions, our commitment to health and safety.

“It must be the aim of all New Zealanders to eliminate workplace injuries and deaths. The Transport Agency is committed to ensuring health and safety is at the forefront of everything we do,” Mr Lazarro says.

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Auckland overnight motorway closures 7– 13 April 2019

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am, unless otherwise stated. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 12 April 2019. Please note this Traffic Bulletin is updated every Friday.

Check daily updated closure information(external link)

CENTRAL MOTORWAY JUNCTION (SH1 & SH16) 

  • None planned 

NORTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1) 

  • Northbound lanes between Oteha Valley Road off-ramp and Silverdale on-ramp, 9 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Oteha Valley Road northbound on-ramp, 9 April
  • Southbound lanes between Oteha Valley Road off-ramp and Greville Road on-ramp, 9 – 10 April
  • Oteha Valley Road southbound on-ramp, 9 – 10 April
  • McClymonts Road southbound on-ramp, 9 – 10 April
  • Northbound lanes between Esmonde Road off-ramp and Northcote Road on-ramp, 8 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Esmonde Road northbound on-ramp, 8 April
  • Northbound lanes between Onewa Road off-ramp and Esmonde Road on-ramp, 10 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Onewa Road northbound on-ramp, 10 April
  • Shelly Beach Road southbound off-ramp, 7 – 9 & 11 April 

SOUTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1) 

  • Gillies Avenue southbound off-ramp, 11 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Mt Wellington Highway southbound off-ramp, 7 – 8 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Northbound lanes between Ellerslie-Panmure Highway off-ramp and Greenlane on-ramp, 9 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Ellerslie-Panmure Highway northbound on-ramp, 9 April
  • Southbound lanes between Ellerslie-Panmure Highway off-ramp and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway on-ramp, 9 – 11 April (approx. 11:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • South Eastern Highway (SEART) southbound off-ramp, 8 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Southbound lanes between Manukau off-ramp and Takanini on-ramp, 7 & 10 – 11 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Redoubt Road southbound on-ramp, 7 & 10 – 11 April
  • Hill Road northbound on-ramp, 10 April
  • Northbound lanes between Takanini off-ramp and Manukau on-ramp, 10 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Takanini northbound on-ramp, 10 April
  • Southbound lanes between Takanini off-ramp and Papakura on-ramp, 8 – 9 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Takanini southbound on-ramp, 8 – 9 April
  • Northbound lanes between Papakura off-ramp and Takanini on-ramp, 7 – 9 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Papakura northbound (diamond) on-ramp, 7 – 9 & 11 April
  • Papakura northbound (loop) on-ramp, 7 – 9 & 11 April
  • SH1 southbound to SH2 eastbound link, 10 – 11 April 

NORTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH16) 

  • Southbound lanes between Brigham Creek Road roundabout and Lincoln Road on-ramp, 7 – 11 April
  • Hobsonville Road southbound on-ramp, 7 – 11 April
  • Royal Road southbound on-ramp, 7 – 11 April
  • Hobsonville Road northbound off-ramp, 7 – 8 April
  • Northbound lanes between Lincoln Road off-ramp and Brigham Creek Road roundabout, 7 – 11 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Lincoln Road northbound on-ramp, 7 – 11 April
  • SH16 southbound link to SH20 (full southbound Waterview Tunnel closure), 9 April
  • SH16 westbound link to SH20 (full southbound Waterview Tunnel closure), 9 April
  • Eastbound lanes between Great North Road off-ramp and St Lukes Road on-ramp, 8 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Great North Road eastbound on-ramp, 8 April
  • St Lukes Road eastbound on-ramp, 10 April 

UPPER HARBOUR MOTORWAY (SH18) 

  • Squadron Drive westbound off-ramp, 8 April
  • SH18 westbound to SH16 southbound link, 7 – 11 April 

SOUTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH20) 

  • Northbound lanes between Maioro Street off-ramp and Great North Road on-ramp (northbound Waterview tunnel closed), 8 April
  • Maioro Street northbound on-ramp, 8 April
  • Mahunga Drive southbound off-ramp, 9 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Northbound lanes between Hillsborough Road off-ramp and Dominion Road on-ramp, 11 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Hillsborough Road northbound on-ramp, 11 April
  • Northbound lanes between Neilson Street off-ramp and Hillsborough Road on-ramp, 10 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Neilson Street northbound on-ramp, 10 April
  • Southbound lanes between Neilson Street off-ramp and Neilson Street on-ramp, 7 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Walmsley Road southbound off-ramp, 9 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Massey Road northbound off-ramp, 7 – 11 April (approx. 10:30p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • SH20 eastbound to SH1 southbound link, 7 & 10 – 11 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Lambie Drive eastbound on-ramp, 7 & 10 – 11 April 

GEORGE BOLT MEMORIAL DRIVE (SH20A) 

  • Bader Drive northbound off-ramp, 7 April
  • Southbound lanes between Kirkbride Road off-ramp and Landing Drive/Verissimo Drive on-ramp, 7 – 11 April (approx. 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.)
  • Kirkbride Road southbound on-ramp, 7 – 11 April 

PUHINUI ROAD (SH20B) 

  • None planned 

STATE HIGHWAY 22 (SH22) 

  • None planned 

STATE HIGHWAY 2 (SH2) 

  • SH2 westbound to SH1 northbound link, 7 April
  • SH2 westbound to SH1 southbound link, 10 – 11 April

Please follow the signposted detours. The Transport Agency thanks you for your cooperation during these essential improvements and maintenance.

To check for the most current overnight closure information please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link) before you leave.

Auckland roads and public transport: www.at.govt.nz(external link)

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Overnight works on SH29A between Takitimu Drive and Barkes Corner

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists there will be overnight resurfacing work starting on SH29A between Takitimu Drive and Barkes Corner this Sunday 7 April.

Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says this road is due to be resurfaced as part of the Transport Agency’s normal safety and maintenance programme and should take around eight days to complete.

“While these works are relatively minor we are mindful that there is a lot going on in this area at the moment, including the Tauranga Crossing Stage 2 having just opened and a stormwater upgrade underway along Pyes Pa Road.

“We’re doing the work at night between 6pm and 6a, to help minimise disruption as much as possible to travellers during the day, however there may still be some minor delays, particularly during the peak morning and afternoon hours.

“We ask motorists if possible to consider travelling outside of peak hours,” says Mr Campbell.

A 50kmph temporary speed limit will be in place for the duration of the work and traffic will be operating under a stop/go management.

“There will be periods of time when the metering lights at Barkes Corner roundabout will not be working. We remind drivers that during these periods they should continue to obey normal give way rules at the roundabout and drive carefully and considerately,” says Mr Campbell.

The NZ Transport Agency would like to thank motorists for their cooperation during this time.

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Safety alert – Patrick Chu drawbar and drawbeam certifications revoked

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Following an ongoing investigation into ex-heavy vehicle specialist certifier Patrick Chu of Transport and Structure Limited, the NZ Transport Agency has immediately revoked the certifications of around 300 drawbars and drawbeams on heavy vehicles and trailers.

This means the components must be recertified before they can be used to tow anything.

Up to 1,700 further certifications have also been revoked, but the vehicle owners will either be eligible to apply for exemptions, or in most cases, will have exemptions automatically applied. The exemptions will allow the components to continue to be used to tow for the periods specified in the revocation notices.

Once an exemption has expired, the drawbar or drawbeam must be recertified before it can be used to tow anything.

The exemptions will be for either 3, 6 or 12 months. Further details of these exemptions, as well as vehicle plate numbers, will be made available on the NZTA website

“It’s important we continue to ensure safety comes first, but we’re also aware of the impact these decisions have on the heavy vehicle industry and heavy vehicle specialist certifiers,” says Steve Haszard, Regulatory Lead and Meredith Connell Managing Partner.

“We’ve carefully considered this decision and feel that a one-size-fits-all approach is not applicable, therefore we’ve applied a number of exemptions to the vehicles affected.”

“The result of these exemptions means only around 300 vehicles require immediate recertification of drawbars and drawbeams, this will help off-set the impact to industry.”

A team of senior industry engineers and experts at the Transport Agency undertook an investigation into Mr Chu’s files and discovered certification were issued for a range of non-compliant drawbars and drawbeams.

To assist vehicle owners with re-certification, the Transport Agency is talking with heavy vehicle specialist certifiers regarding options that could ease pressure in the Auckland region.

This revocation follows a safety alert issued in December 2018 revoking the certifications for tow bars issued by Mr Chu.

The Transport Agency will cover some costs – more detail is available on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/patrick-chu(external link).

Read the safety alert and questions and answers here:

Safety alert: Drawbeam and drawbar certifications by Patrick Chu of Transport & Structure Ltd [PDF, 298 KB], April 2019

Questions and answers related to revocation of certifications issued by Patrick Chu

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Good progress towards Friday, 12 April, opening of Waiho River Bailey bridge

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency’s Bailey bridge building team is onto the third span of the seven span bridge at the Waiho River, South Westland.

The teams on both sides of the river are still working towards reopening the Waiho River Bailey bridge in a week’s time, Friday, 12 April, says Pete Connors, System Manager for the Transport Agency.

The Transport Agency will be updating the timeframe at the end of this weekend, when it has a clearer idea of any delays and the old bridge spans have been fully removed.

For project updates and travel advice, see the project page: www.nzta.govt.nz/sh6-waiho-river-bridge.

Photos  and daily timelapse video of the work underway are also available on our project page. The camera for the timelapse video is on the north side of the river but points across to the Bailey bridge construction side.

Both Franz Josef and Fox Glacier townships, as well as Haast, are open, welcome visitors, and people can still access the glaciers via helicopter/flight once they are there.

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NZTA to improve safety on SH2 Waipawa and Waipukurau

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency is continuing to make State Highway 2 safer between Waipawa and Waipukurau, with safety improvement work beginning on the section this month.

From 2006 to 2015, 13 people were killed and 62 were seriously injured on State Highway 2 between Pakipaki and Waipukurau.

The work to improve the safety of the road will include the removal of the southbound passing lane, just south of Waipawa.

The decision to remove the passing lane was announced by the Transport Agency in July 2018, after an investigation found it was increasing the crash risk for people using the southern Tapairu Road/State Highway 2 intersection.

Regional Transport Systems Manager Oliver Postings says this is a simple change that will reduce the risk of crashes on the road.

“The decision to remove the passing lane wasn’t made lightly and we know that some road users may feel inconvenienced, but our priority has to be the safety of everyone using the road,” Mr Postings says.

“The passing lane finishes just after an intersection, making it dangerous for people to get on and off the highway at Taipairu Rd. It’s also very short as it is, so making it end before the intersection is not an option. The safest action we can take is to remove it.”

Other work underway on this road includes installing road safety barriers along the side and centre of the road, widening road shoulders and putting in rumble strips along the centre lines and edge lines.

At the southern Tapairu Rd/State Highway 2 intersection, a new right turn bay will be created to make it easier and safer to turn into or out of Tapairu Rd.

The safety improvements are expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

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New speed signs to encourage drivers to slow down on SH10 at Kareponia

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

New electronic speed signs have been switched on at Kareponia on State Highway 10 to improve safety through the small Northland community.

The new electronic speed signs encouraging motorists to slow down as they drive through Kareponia on SH10 in Northland.

The signs are to encourage motorists to slow down on a stretch of the highway between Awanui and Kareponia where the speed limit is 100km/h.

The “Your Speed Is…/Slow Down” active sign on both approaches to Kareponia show an approaching vehicle’s speed, but switch to a “Slow Down” message when their speed is over 80km/h.

“We have listened to the concerns of the local community, including iwi leaders, and we’re taking steps to improve safety on this stretch of highway,” says the Transport Agency’s Northland System Manager Jacqui Hori Hoult.

Ms Hori Hoult says the speed signs are a first step.

“We’re also improving signage along the road and installing new school bus route signs where the route has changed. There is a new yellow no overtaking line on the road up the hill. The Transport Agency and Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu have also provided high visibility vests to local children to wear to and from school.”

“The local community has been calling for the speed limit to be reduced from 100km/h and we’ll certainly be looking at that, but there is a process to go through and it takes time.”

“The speed signs are a temporary measure to improve safety until a speed management review between Awanui and Kaingaroa is completed. We’ll start public engagement on that later this year,” says Ms Hori Hoult.

Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu chief executive Anahera Herbert-Graves says the way the NZTA supported the tikanga of the hapū rangatira is a very good first step in the process.

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