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

 


New Local Host service launches this week

NEWS RELEASE
19 November 2012

New Local Host service launches this week

Wellington City Council is launching a brand new ‘city ambassador’ service this week which will bring a fresh look to the Council’s presence on central city streets.

From Wednesday, Local Host will replace the existing Walkwise city safety officer programme, with the emphasis on being friendly and welcoming for locals and visitors alike, while also supporting the Police presence on the street, particularly at night.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the Local Host team has an important role to play in being great ambassadors for the city and helping to maintain a high level of safety.

“Wellington is the only capital city in the world to have International Safe Community status under the World Health Organisation and was re-accredited earlier this year.

“Local Hosts will be out and about in the central city – day and night – keeping an eye out for what’s happening, talking to local retailers, bar and restaurant staff, as well as giving directions or answering questions from visitors about what’s on in the city.”

The Council’s Social Portfolio Leader, Councillor Stephanie Cook, says the new team has just completed two weeks of intensive training. “They’re now well versed in customer service, first aid and emergency procedures, as well as general knowledge about Wellington and its well-kept secret places – so they’ll know the city like the back of their hands.”

Cr Cook says the city’s safety is the result of strong partnerships with the Police, ACC and Capital & Coast District Health Board.

“Our Local Hosts will be supporting these agencies when they’re on the street, and at major events such as premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

As well as a new name, Local Host has a fresh new contemporary uniform of black and bright green Icebreaker clothing, a look that’s more suited to the city’s style and Wellington’s climate.

The existing Walkwise service was contracted out to ADT/Armourguard and was reviewed earlier this year. As a result of the review, the service was brought back fully into the Council to make it more cost-effective and to give renewed focus on the busy nights in the city centre.

Local Host will be officially launched by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown today (Monday 19 November), with an afternoon tea for stakeholders to meet the new Local Host team before they start work on Wednesday.

Media are welcome to attend this event.

Local Host launch
4-5pm, Monday 19 November
Council Chamber foyer
Wellington Town Hall


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news