On 3 June 2017 a young woman, Violet Tupou, lost her life in a road catchpit in Favona, South Auckland. This was the second recorded catchpit fatality in New Zealand, the first being the death of a man in 2012 in a car park in Wellington. Both were members of the public retrieving personal items dropped into a catchpit.

Following this tragedy, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport undertook a review into safety at catchpits. This webpage provides resources for street designers on catchpit safety.

If you lose an item in a catchpit, or see a missing, dislodged or damage catchpit call 09 301 0101.

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