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

 


Palmerston North designated as an International Safe City

Palmerston North designated as an International Safe City

Palmerston North will be designated as an International Safe City at Te Manawa this evening.

Safe Cities are designated by the International Safe Community Foundation New Zealand, on behalf of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which created the initiative after it recognised that safety is a universal concern and a responsibility for all.

Planning for the application began ahead of the 2009 Long Term Council Community Plan, and was adopted by Council through the Safe City Strategy in 2012 as an action for Palmerston North City to undertake.

To be accredited, International Safe Community Foundation officials assess a variety of programmes that are aimed at improving safety, including: road safety; emergency preparedness; family/whanau; youth; elderly; crime prevention and reduction; workplace safety; drug and alcohol harm reduction; suicide prevention, and sport and leisure.

Mayor Jono Naylor says various organisations in the city have a long and proud history of working collaboratively to improve safety for residents and visitors alike.

“Accreditation is recognition of the efforts of a large number of people working diligently over many years for a variety of organisations focused on improving safety in the city. The application process enabled us to identify our strengths and helped us realise how much we have to be proud of.”

Mayor Naylor says the accreditation will also help make Palmerston North a safer place to live, work and play as the city will be able to access new funding for projects to develop infrastructure and injury prevention projects.

“We will join an international family of Safe Cities and be able to access information about successful projects in similar sized cities and apply them here in Palmerston North,” he said.

The application was supported by the Palmerston North Safety Advisory Board (SAB) – an interagency partnership, formed to provide information and guidance to the Palmerston North City Council on all matters pertaining to safety and crime within Palmerston North.

SAB chairman, and Police Area Commander, Inspector Pat Hancock, says the SAB is made up of key agencies that share ideas, resources and efforts to make Palmerston North a safer city in which to live and work.

“We have received this accreditation on the back of the hard work from members of the public. It is a tribute to them and the organisations they work or volunteer for.”

Inspector Handcock says that while this evening will be a time to reflect and celebrate all that has been achieved, accreditation has nurtured the focus on areas where further support is needed, such as youth suicide, programmes for children and programmes that educate young women about safety while out on the town.

“It also marks a new focus for the SAB. Previously, the Board has provided information and guidance to the Palmerston North City Council on issues regarding safety and crime. Accreditation will extend the SABs role to include governance and implementation of a Safe City Plan, which will be published next month.”

You can find out more about the initiatives by requesting a copy of the Safe City application and by visiting http://www.safecommunities.org.nz/sc/ which details efforts by other cities that are members of the Safe City community.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other…

Reportedly, it was the breakdown of the relationship between the Pakistan Taliban and the Pakistan military – which for the first time, began bombing Taliban enclaves in the Tribal Federated Areas earlier this year – that led to this revenge attack on the school, which is attended by the children of the military. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Police: Phillip Smith Investigation Passport Charge

A 25 year-old man will appear in the Whanganui District Court today charged with the Passports Act offence of False Representations. The charges were laid on December 9 by the Auckland-based Phillip Smith investigation... More>>

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Tribunal Report Confirms Iwi Ownership Of Lake Waikaremoana

“We are pleased for the claimants that eight years after the hearing began on Lake Waikaremoana they have some closure,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. “Most importantly, the report confirms freshwater is a taonga and identifies the ownership rights of Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāi Tamaterangi to the lake bed.” More>>

ALSO:

Climate Performance Report - Not Achieved: NZ Government Part Of Global Climate Problem

The New Zealand Government’s position on climate change is part of the global problem that we need to overcome if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

NSW Police Statement: Three Dead Following Martin Place Siege

About 2.10am (Tuesday 16 December), a confrontation occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside a café on Martin Place. Shots were fired during the confrontation. As a result, the 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Another man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sydney Siege (And DHB Budget Cuts)
Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed... In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, columnist Peter Hartcher raises a different point – that the initial public response had been noticeably different to the agitated reactions of politicians and the media. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Income Inequality, And Yo Ho Ho Christmas Songs

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white... Yet on Wednesday, there was Finance Minister Bill English trying to tell RNZ that the OECD was (a) wrong (b) using old data and (c) somehow anti-growth and in any case (d) New Zealand allegedly already had a strongly re-distributive tax system... More>>

Werewolf: Public Health - The Silent Crisis

Gordon Campbell: New Zealand’s public health system has been in crisis for so long that its failings – and deteriorating performance vis a vis other developed countries – now tend to be treated as its normal mode of being. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: House Adjourns For Summer

Parliament has risen for the summer break with the Adjournment Motion agreed just after 5pm on Wednesday. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news