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Crash numbers record drop

The number of recorded crashes so far this year on SH2 in Wairarapa is low, but data could be incomplete.

Data obtained from NZTA Waka Kotahi by the Times-Age show one minor crash on SH2 between Featherston and Masterton in the transport agency’s system between January 1 and March 31 this year. The number reflects the information in its database as of April 17.

A NZTA spokesperson said some incidents might not have been entered into the system yet.

“There generally is about a three-month lag on data being formally entered as this is affected by the collation and preparation of police reports,” the spokesperson said.

“There probably have been more incidents than what the official data currently shows.”

The data comes from the road traffic crash database maintained by NZTA. The system is updated once a crash report is received from police, sometime after the incident.

The single crash recorded is for all crashes for the period from January 1 to March 31 this year on SH2 between Featherston [Boundary Rd] to Masterton [Ngaumutawa Rd].

“Due to the police reporting time frame and subsequent data processing, there is a lag from the time of a crash to full and correct crash records…,” the spokesperson said.

Fatal crash report data is usually recorded in the NZTA system within one working day of NZTA receiving it from police, while serious injury and minor injury crash report data is generally recorded within four weeks. Data relating to non-injury crashes can take up to seven months before
appearing in the database.

“Due to the nature of non-fatal crashes, it is believed that these are under-reported, with the level of under-reporting decreasing with the increasing severity of the crash.”

The data being requested and received follows a crash earlier this month on SH2 north of Carterton at West Taratahi when a police spokesperson confirmed the car had hit the centre-line barrier before ending up on the left-hand side of the road.

Wairarapa Road Safety Council manager Bruce Pauling said at the time the incident was an example of recently installed safety barriers doing their job.


  1. Leftist media and NZTA talking themselves up totally wrong. We are not a NANNY STATE and run by Leftist socialism people. Get rid of scissor ✂️ wire and put the speed limit back to 100km and FIRE THE LEFTIST IN CONTROL.

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