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A safe zone for summer in the CBD

Media release

4 December 2013

A safe zone for summer in the CBD

SafeZone, a safe area for those who have over indulged in alcohol or drugs, is back in Auckland’s CBD for the summer season.

After a successful pilot earlier in March, a new support vehicle has been added to the initiative.  The new vehicle will reduce the pressure on critical ambulance services by helping the public in the CBD who otherwise would have called the ambulance for help.

Councillor Cathy Casey, Chair of the newly formed Community Development and Safety Committee says the new vehicle is a welcome addition to support operations to provide a safe place for anyone needing advice or assistance.

“This is the silly season, people are inevitably going to over indulge. SafeZone, based at Queen’s Wharf is run by Red Frogs youth volunteers who provide peer support and advice, assisted by St John health care experts,” she says.

ACC's Head of Insurance Products and Injury Prevention, David Simpson, says "ACC supports SafeZone because we want to help people in the Auckland CBD stay safe and avoid injuries, especially alcohol-related injuries.”

SafeZone is based on Queens Wharf in the CBD and will be operational from 10pm – 5am on the following weekends:

•            Fri 6 & Sat 7 December 2013
•            Fri 13 & Sat 14 December 2013
•            Fri 20 & Sat 21 December 2013
•            Fri 17 & Sat 18 January 2014
•            Fri 24 & Sat 25 January 2014
•            Fri 31 January & Saturday 1 February 2014

Aucklanders are encouraged to look out for the SafeZone vehicle on Queens Wharf and usher those in need of support to the vehicle.

SafeZone is a joint initiative between Auckland Council, ACC, Red Frogs NZ (youth volunteers) and St John.

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