Achievements

2016
  • TV3 News interview 'Drowsy driving equals the risk of drink driving' with Emma Jolliff (3rd January 2016)
  • Radio New Zealand interview with Catherine Hutton (3rd January 2016)
2015
  • New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness Day (13th December 2015)
  • Scoop News story – 'falling asleep at the wheel' when travelling to or from a holiday destination (13th December 2015)
  • Feature story on AKILLA® in the Global Alliance of NGO's newsletter (11th December 2015)
  • Presentation – AKILLA® campaign made to the Tawa Rotary Club (7th July 2015)
  • 100 copies of The Drowsy Driving Handbook provided to the delegates of the Global Alliance of NGO's, 4th Annual Conference held at Marrakech, Morocco. (13th March 2015)
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office grant of AKILLA® trademark for the United States of America (16th January 2015)
2014
  • New Zealand Drowsy Drivers Awareness Day (13th December 2014)
  • New Zealand Drowsy Driving Awareness Day - Scoop News article (13th December 2014)
  • Presentation to a Minister of Parliament to support a 'private members bill', for 'specific drowsy driving legislation' for New Zealand (27th November 2014)
  • Presentation to the WellSleep Centre, University of Otago, Bowen Hospital, Wellington (24th October 2014)
  • Meeting with representatives from Fleet Safe NZ Ltd (13th August 2014)
  • Meeting with representatives from Brake New Zealand (15th July 2014)
  • New Zealand Sleep Safety Ltd accepted as a Member of the Global Alliance of NGO's for Road Safety (8th May 2014)
  • Presentation to a Minister of Parliament to support a 'private members bill', for 'specific drowsy driving legislation' for New Zealand (7th May 2014)
  • PowernAP® the World's first drowsy driving educational APP placed on the Windows Smartphone ® (12th March 2014)
  • PowernAP® the World's first drowsy driving educational APP placed on the ITunes Smartphone ® (5th March 2014)
  • PowernAP® the World's first drowsy driving educational APP placed on the Android Smartphone ® (5th February 2014)
  • PowernAP® focus group testing (February 2014)
  • Presentation to a Minister of Parliament to support a 'private members bill', for 'specific drowsy driving legislation' for New Zealand (17th January 2014)
2013
  • New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness Day (13th December 2013)
  • Presentation on drowsy driving made to the Rotary Club of Karori. Drowsy driving crash victim Suz Bassett presented her story. (18th September 2013)
  • Presentation made to HRINZ (Human Resources Institute of New Zealand) 'Micro-sleeps and the dangers of drowsy-driving' .(18th July 2013)
  • Advertisement promoting 'The Drowsy Driving DVD', and The Drowsy Driving Handbook' placed in the New Zealand Education Gazette (1st July 2013)
  • Presentation made at the Fatigue Risk Management Conference 2013 (Auckland). Expert session - Mico-sleeps: the silent killer on the roads. (26th June 2013)
  • Advertisement promoting 'The Drowsy Driving DVD', and The Drowsy Driving Handbook' placed in the New Zealand Education Gazette (4th June 2013)
  • International marketing of 'The Drowsy Driving DVD', and 'The Drowsy Driving Handbook''- Book Review Direct (United States, Canada, International) (April 2013)
  • International marketing of 'The Drowsy Driving DVD', and 'The Drowsy Driving Handbook''- Targeted Media Release (United States, Canada, International) (March 2013)
2012
  • The Drowsy Driving DVD' Certificate of Registration granted United States Copyright Office (14th December 2012)
  • Drowsy Driver Awareness Day (13th December 2012)
  • First copies of 'The Drowsy Driving DVD' sold to the AA Driver Education Foundation (28th November 2012)
  • DVD given the go ahead for mass production (26th November 2012)
  • Finalised copy of the DVD ready for duplication (21stNovember 2012)
  • PG Classification given by the Film & Video Labelling Body (16th November 2012)
  • Appearance on Choice Television 'Brunch Show' hosted by April Iremia - with crash victim Suz Bassett (27th September 2012)
  • Interviewed by Stuff News about drowsy driving (1st June 2012)
  • Research advertisements placed in major newspapers ( February 2012)
  • Research and obtaining suitable drowsy driving stories for the DVD (February – July 2012).
  • Development of educational messages for the DVD (September 2012)
  • Production company appointed to film the 'The Drowsy Driving DVD', with a focus on the youth drowsy driving crashes (29th January 2012)

2011

  • Drowsy Driver Awareness Day (13th December 2011)
  • International drowsy driving research on Roadside Stopping Places (RSP's) (September/ October 2011)
  • Social media marketing of The Drowsy Driving Handbook electronic versions.
  • Drowsy Driving Research.

2010

  • Social media marketing of The Drowsy Driving Handbook electronic versions.
  • Drowsy Driving Research.
  • Winners of drowsy driving competition announced on Twitter (5th May 2010)
  • Drowsy Driving Educational presentation at the New Zealand Automobile Association conference - 'car-fit', for senior drivers (2nd March 2010)
  • Submission to Hon. Nick Smith for the ACC Stock-take (22nd January, 2010)

2009

  • New Zealand Drowsy Driving Awareness Day (13th December 2009)
  • Submission to the Ministry of Transport for the Safer Journeys 2020 plan (1st October, 2009)
  • Oral presentation to the NZ Government Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee for the ACC Injury Prevention, Re-habilitation & Compensation Amendment Bill (10th December 2009)
  • Submission to the NZ Government Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee for the ACC Injury Prevention, Re-habilitation & Compensation Amendment Bill (26th November 2009)
  • Submission to the Ministry of Transport for the Safer Journeys 2020 plan (1st October, 2009)
  • Committee for the ACC Injury Prevention, Re-habilitation & Compensation Amendment Bill (10th December 2009)
  • Submission to the NZ Government Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee for the ACC Injury Prevention, Re-habilitation & Compensation Amendment Bill (26th November 2009)
  • Release of the New Zealand Automobile Association document 'Saving Ourselves' (15th September, 2009)
  • A 15 point action plan (21 pages) on 'What needs to be done on Driver Fatigue in New Zealand', was submitted to MoT Principal advisor, in response to the release of the draft 2020 strategy summary(11th June, 2009)
  • Oral presentation made to the Greater Wellington Regional Council Board and New Zealand Transport Agency senior management, regarding the development of 'Roadside Stopping Places (RSP's)' in the Greater Wellington Region, for consideration to form part of the Greater Wellington Regional Land Transport Programme. (26th May, 2009)
  • Meeting held with MoT Principal Advisor to discuss the draft 2020 strategy summary and driver fatigue in New Zealand.(21st May, 2009)
  • Draft 2020 strategy summary released to 20 Government Road Safety organisations and 2 Non- Government road safety organisations.(30th April, 2009)
  • Written submission (70 page document) made to each of the regional councils in the 16 regions of New Zealand, on the development of 'Roadside Stopping Places (RSP's)', as part of each of the 16 regions 'Proposed Land Transport Programmes'(9th April, 2009)
  • Written submission made to the Hon. Steven Joyce (Transport Minister) on the development of 'Roadside Stopping Places (RSP's)(9th April, 2009)
  • Written submission made to the Right Honorable John Key on the development of 'Roadside Stopping Places (RSP's)'(9th April, 2009)

2008

  • New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness day (13th December, 2008)
  • Meeting held between ACC and NZ Transport Agency to further develop the concept of a 'pilot' Roadside Stopping Place, north end of Centennial Highway(11th November, 2008)
  • We proposed the concept of a 'pilot' Roadside stopping Place, noth end of Centennial Highway, to Transit New Zealand(7th October, 2008)
  • Article in Te Puni Kokiri, Kokiri Magazine (1st August, 2008)
  • Presentation to the Transport Select Committee at Parliament regarding driver fatigue and Land Transport Amendment Bill No.4(31st July, 2008)
  • Radio Interview with Robbie Deans - Maori Radio 'Atiawa Toa FM ' about the dangers of drowsy driving on the roads for Maori.(25th July, 2008)
  • Joint Press conference held with Radio NZ, Television 3, and Prime Television in attendance - Drowsy Driving on the roads(18th July, 2008)
  • Presentation made to Transit New Zealand board representatives under draft 2008/2009 plan - pushing for the development of 'Road-side Stopping Places' throughout New Zealand(4th April, 2008)
  • Planned documentary with Top Shelf Productions(20th March, 2008)
  • 'Wake-up call' article appears in the New Zealand Listener(8th February, 2008)
  • Newstalk ZB - interview with Gary Ward (21st January, 2008)
  • 'Sleepy at the wheel. Take a Powernap' article appears in the Wellingtonian, Hutt News, Kapiti Observer, Wairarapa Times. (10th January, 2008)

2007

  • New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness Day (13th December, 2007)
  • Article appears in the New Zealand Arm y 'Amy N ews' publication(9th October, 2007)
  • AKILLA Sleep Safety Educational Campaign powerpoint presentation made at the Rotary Club of Taupo (located at Yacht Club) as part of New Zealand Safety Week(3rd September, 2007)
  • Book review - 'In the blink of an eye' appears in 'The Fishing Paper' (3rd September, 2007)
  • AKILLA Sleep Safety Educational Campaign powerpoint presentation made at Rotorua Hospital as part of New Zealand Safety Week (3rd September, 2007)
  • Metlife Care magazine- "experience' article(6th June, 2007)
  • 70 Akilla 'In the blink of an eye' drowsy driving handbooks provided for the attendees at the Highway Safety Roundtable, Ontario, Canada(6th May, 2007)
  • Radio New Zealand - morning report interview with Geoff Moffat (29th April, 2007)
  • Presentation to Transit New Zealand board representatives under draft 2007/2008 State Highway Plan. The main thrust was a push for a New Zealand Highway Stopping Places Strategy to be developed(19th April, 2007)
  • Presentation- Akilla campaign made to the Harbour City / Mt Victoria Rotary Clubs(18th April, 2007)
  • Presentation- Akilla campaign made to the Harbour City / Mt Victoria Rotary Clubs(18th April, 2007)
  • International Police Association newsletter article (17th April, 2007)
  • Television One News interview with Charlotte Whale(6th April, 2007)
  • Radio - NewstalkZB interview with Justin Du Freene(5th April, 2007)
  • Television One - Breakfeast show with Paul Henry / Kay Gregory(5th April, 2007)
  • Television Three News interview with Stephen Parker (5th April, 2007)
  • New Zealand Fire Service newsletter article (1st April, 2007)
  • NZ Police Association newsletter article(26th March, 2007)
  • Nursing New Zealand newsletter article (Kai Tiaki Nursing NZ)(26th March, 2007)
  • Article appears in the Sunday Star Times 'Dozy driver risk ignored'(25th March, 2007)
  • Article appears in the Hutt News ' Powernap and Live '(6th February, 2007)
  • AKILLA "In the blink of an eye" press release, Manawatu Standard(26th January, 2007)
  • Radio - Access Radio interview with Ian Bartrum (23rd January, 2007)
  • Access Radio Interview (Community Radio Station) (12th January, 2007)

2006

  • In The Blink Of An Eye', drowsy driving handbook Certificate of Registration granted United States Copyright Office (29th December, 2006)
  • 1000 "in the blink of an eye" books collected from printer(20th December, 2006)
  • New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness Day - Hon. Harry Duyhoven and Hon. Annette King made reference to the New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness Day -13th December 2006 in their new policy speeches. A planned educational strategy was unveiled.(13th December, 2006)
  • New Zealand Drowsy Driver Awareness Day - 13th December 2007. Display at the Wellington Railway Station.(13th December, 2006)
  • New Zealand Dr owsy Driver Awareness Day - 13th December 2007. D isplay at the Wellington Railway Station.((13th December, 2006)
  • "15 point action plan" presented to the National Road Safety Committee(12th October, 2006)
  • AKILLA "In the blink of an eye" - drowsy driving handbook goes on sale (1st October, 2006)
  • Memorial held at Wellington Railway Station organised by Candor Trust (drug driving campaign) Interviewed by TV3 & National Radio.(25th August, 2006)
  • ISBN # granted for "In the blink of an eye" - National Library of New Zealand(27th July, 2006)
  • Display presentation - Rotary conference in Palmerston North(28th May, 2006)
  • Presentation - Akilla campaign made to the Karori Rotary Club(23rd May, 2006)
  • Presentation to Transit New Zealand board representatives under draft 2006/2007 State Highway Plan ( Key points addressed (i) 'Powernapping' now is referred to in the fatigue section of the 2006 Official New Zealand Road Code. (ii) Transit NZ signage programme needs to be updated - eg; 'Tired ? Powernap now ! ', Yawning ? Powernap now !' ..etc. (iii) Three distinct roadside amentities need to be developed for both commercial and private vehicle operators to rest and/or Powernap.(10th April, 2006)
  • Ministry of Transport (Road Safety) advise that Land Tranport New Zealand and Accident Compensation Corporation are unable to fund the television advertisements as their funding is committed until the end of June 2006.(28th March, 2006)
  • Ministry of Transport (Road Safety) discuss the potential for funding the television advertisement with Land Transport New Zealand and Accident Compensation Corporation(23rd March, 2006)
  • Minsitry of Transport (Road Safety) advise that Land Tranport New Zealand and Accident Compensation Corporation are unable to fund the television advertisements as their funding is committed until the end of June 2006(11th March, 2006)
  • Presentation - Akilla campaign made to the Western Hutt Rotary Club(7th March, 2006)
  • Presented draft drowsy driving educational television advertisement to the Ministry of Transport. Road Safety (1st March, 2006)
  • Address by Hon. Harry Duynhoven to the Australasian College of Road Safety on 'Establishing an Independent Road Safety Champion'. Reference made to Martin Jenkins, the Akilla road safety campaign and the notion of Government providing funding for establishing an ' Independent Road Safety Champion'.(22nd February, 2006)
  • Meeting held with Deidre Hills of Transit New Zealand regarding rest area policy.(15th February, 2006)
  • Rewrote the Fatigue section of the New Zealand Rode Code 2005 for Ministry of Transport and Land Transport New Zealand. (2nd February 2006). Land Transport New Zealand advise that the rewording will appear in the New Zealand Rode Code 2006 version in May 2006.(2nd February, 2006)
  • Meeting with six Ministry of Transport senior advisors to discuss greatest enforceable risk policy (31st January, 2006)
  • National Sleep Safety Foundation Incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act (5th January, 2006)

2005

  • Interviewed by World TV ( Sky Channel 82 ) on drowsy driving(20th December, 2005)
  • Appearance on the Good Morning Programme, Television One (National Television) (14th December, 2005)
  • Notification of Drowsy Driver Awareness Day 2005 appears in the national paper - Sunday Star Times, page A11(11th December, 2005)
  • Rotary New Zealand distribute the Drowsy Driver Awareness Day 2005 brochure through their networks(9th December, 2005)
  • Presentation made to the Rotary Club of Central Hutt(28th November, 2005)
  • Met with Hon. Peter Brown, Deputy Leader New Zealand First to discuss the Akilla Sleep Safety Educational Campaign(17th November, 2005)
  • Presentation made to the Rotary Club of Easter Hutt (7th November, 2005)
  • Official Information Act 1982 request for information from the Chairperson of Land Transport NZ relating to the preparation of Section 2.4 Knowing Your limits - Driver fatigue (page 65, The Official New Zealand Road Code for Car Drivers 2005 Edition)(21st September, 2005)
  • 'Prevention rather than Punishment', letter to Hon. Maurice Williamson, National spokesperson for transport (13th September, 2005)
  • Article appears in the Western News. '60 Seconds with Martin Jenkins' .Land Transport New Zealand was disbanded ..... (7th September, 2005)
  • Article appears in the Cook Strait News(24th August, 2005)
  • Article appears in the Western News, 'Safety's just a nap away' (17th August, 2005)
  • Article appears in the Independent Herald (16th August, 2005)
  • Akilla campaign referenced in the Automobile Association Directions magazine - Spring 2005 issue, ' Eyes wide open'. (10th August, 2005)
  • Letters to all Land Transport New Zealand Directors - outlining Land Transport New Zealand and Director responsibilities under the Land Transport Act 1998 (and amendments), and highlighting a number of issues(9th August, 2005)
  • Presentation to Rotary Club of Hutt Valley(3rd August, 2005)
  • Presentation made to the Driving Instructors National Conference 2005(31st July, 2005)
  • Review by law firm of the Land Transport Act 1998 - Obligations of Crown entities & Directors responsibilities(27th July, 2005)
  • Article appears in the Sunday News, ' Kiwi Drivers Dead Tired ' (17th July, 2005)
  • Interview by Linda Clark, ' Nine to Noon ' radio programme, Radio New Zealand(7th July, 2005)
  • Presentation (with handouts) made to the Wellington City Council Road Safety Reference Group - made up of representatives from the following organisations; WCC Road Safety, Transit NZ, Regional Public Health, AA Driver Education, AA Wellington, Greater Wellington, Secondary & Primary School representatives, Wellington Police, ALAC, Roadservice, A1 Driving Schools, Accident Compensation Commission, Cycle aware, Land Transport NZ.(20th June, 2005)
  • Article appears in the Motoring Section of the Wellingtonian newspaper (16th June, 2005)
  • Wake up at the wheel !', article appears on the cover page of The Hutt News ( NZ'S best community newspaper 2005 Qantas Awards )(14th June, 2005)
  • Presentation made to Wellington City Councillors and the Mayor of Wellington, as a submission to the Draft Annual Plan. 2005/2006 using Akilla website and handouts.(2nd June, 2005)
  • Official Akilla® website and campaign launch date (31st May, 2005)
  • Submission made to the Draft Annual Plan 2005-2006, Wellington City Council - 'Transport Safety for Older Persons' , Community Health and Safety. (20th May, 2005)
  • Presentation made to Transit NZ senior management in response to Transit Draft 2005/2006 10 Year State Highway Plan. With particular reference to the improvement / alteration of rest areas and drowsy driving.(11th April, 2005)
  • Met with Hon. Harry Duynhoven, NZ Government - Minister for Transport Safety, and Ministry of Transport representative to discuss the Akilla® Sleep Safety Educational Campaign(24th March, 2005)
  • Placed an advertisement into Bowls New Zealand Magazine targeted at the older population. (February 2005). "Looking after your grandchildren".(1st February, 2005)

2004

  • Placed Kapiti Observer newspaper banners requesting people to provide their real life experiences (December 2004) "You just ha'd a near death experience"(8th December, 2004)
  • Presentation made to the Rotary Club of Eastern Hutt(7th December, 2004)
  • Set-up web holding page asking for real life experiences(9th November, 2004)
  • Placed an advertisement in the holiday section of the summer edition (November 2004) in the Automobile Association Magazine -"Going on Holiday"(1st November, 2004)
  • Researched local and international drowsy-driving/driver safety organisations(30th October, 2004)
  • Met with Hon. Harry Duynhoven, NZ Government - Minister for Transport Safety, and Ministry of Transport representative to discuss the Akilla® Sleep Safety Educational Campaign(24th April, 2004))