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LINEMEN signs will change to LINE CREW after request from seven-year-old

A letter to the NZTA from seven-year-old Hutt Valley girl Zoe Carew has led to the agency moving to replace “linemen” signs with a revised “line crew” wording.

In the letter to Fergus Gammie, chief executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Zoe Carew explained how while being driven by her father to visit her grandparents in Eastbourne, she noticed a warning sign with the word LINEMEN.

In the letter she called the sign “wrong and unfair” when “women can be line-workers too”.

She asked the CE if it could be changed to say LINE-WORKERS or something “correct and fair”.

NZTA is now developing a new Line Crew sign and advised that these will be introduced as existing signs need replacing.

Zoe’s mother Caitlin Carew, who shared her delight at the result on Twitter, is a mother of two who lives in the western hills of the Hutt Valley and works for Forest & Bird.

She recently wrote an article for the Spinoff about how she and her husband had switched their work and parenting roles.