Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Safe City A Step Closer

19 February 2002

A Safe City Strategy working group led by Hutt City Council met last week to begin work on the development of a Safe City Strategy for Hutt City.

The working group is made up of representatives from Council, Police, Child Youth & Family, WINZ, ACC, the Safer Community Council and Hutt Valley Health. More agencies are likely to become involved as work progresses.

The working group represents a 'holistic' approach to dealing with social issues in Hutt City and comes from a belief that we will succeed through coordinated and proactive action.

Hutt City project manager Janet Meredith said the working group would meet regularly to develop an all-encompassing strategy to identify and then implement specific programmes to improve safety in Hutt City.

"Council recognises that we can play a leadership role in helping keep our citizens safe through both facilitating this group and also such things as ensuring adequate street lighting, maintaining council facilities and working with key groups in the community," said Janet Meredith.

Hutt City Mayor John Terris said social issues were the responsibility of everyone in the city and everyone could play a part.

"We are mindful of our responsibility to ensure people feel safe in our city and will always look to new and innovative ways ensuring people's wellbeing," said Mayor Terris.

Hutt City Police district commander Bruce Dunstan was very supportive of the approach being taken.

"Lower Hutt Police are delighted to be part of the Hutt City safe city strategy. We recognise that there is a need for a coordinated approach between all government and social agencies to tackle crime/social problems in the city," said Bruce Dunstan.

"We will always have to respond to current crimes but we need strategies in place to prevent crime in the future. Families that are at risk of committing crime also have health, education and work problems which collectively contribute to put these families at risk."

Hutt Valley Health is another partner in the safe city strategy.

"Hutt Valley District Health Board is very keen to work with the Council and other agencies to make Hutt City a better place to live. This is a very positive initiative which we see real benefits in being part of.

"By working together, agencies must be able to make a more positive impact on the health and well-being of people in our community than we could by working separately and in isolation, said Stephen McKernan, chief executive, Hutt Valley Health.

The Working Group will meet regularly in the next few months to complete the strategy and also to agree specific projects for next year that could be undertaken on a collaborative basis.

Hutt City Council commissioned a safety audit late last year, which surveyed people about how safe they felt in various areas around the city. This work will be used by the Working Group in developing its strategy.

The definition of 'safety' being used by the working group is quite broad and includes crime, violence, safety with regard to accidents and the impact of being safe on the wellbeing of the community.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election