3 Dec 2010

Maori and Pacific kids feature in driveway accidents

6:01 am on 3 December 2010

The Safekids organisation says housing conditions are a major factor in the large number of Maori and Pacific children injured or killed in driveway accidents.

Research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that on average four children per year are run over and killed in driveways, and a child is admitted to hospital every two weeks with serious injuries.

Safekids Ann Weaver director says that of 93 cases in the Auckland area between 2001 and 2005, 25% were Maori and 43 Pacific Islanders.

She told Waatea News that where possible, families should set up a safe area away from the driveway where children can play.