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

 


Rotorua generally a safe place to live

Rotorua generally a safe place to live: safety perceptions survey

Most residents think Rotorua is generally a safe place to live according to a recently completed perceptions of safety survey commissioned by Rotorua District Council. Survey results show 82 per cent of people surveyed said Rotorua was ‘definitely’ or ‘mostly’ safe while 16 per cent said ‘not really’ or ‘definitely not.’

The survey shows most people also feel safe in the inner city during the daytime but less so at night.

Eighty four per cent of respondents said they felt ‘safe or very safe’ in the CBD during the day but at night time the figure drops to 26 per cent. The presence of other people and police officers were common reasons for feeling safe during the day, while the lesser perceptions of safety at night were frequently explained by ‘people hanging around,’ ‘bar areas,’ and ‘young kids.’

Inner City Revitalisation Strategy portfolio lead, Councillor Karen Hunt, said while the daytime safety levels were pleasingly high they were 3.8 per cent down on last year.

“It’s likely that this is at least in part a reaction to people hanging around shops that were selling legal high substances, a problem we were experiencing at the time the survey was undertaken. That issue is firmly behind us now.

“However I’m encouraged that 84 per cent of those surveyed are aware of the Community Policing Centre in the inner city, 79 per cent know about the liquor ban, 74 per cent about CCTV cameras, and 52 per cent are aware of the council’s City Safe Guardians. Those are all initiatives helping to keep people safe and adding to our key Rotorua 2030 goal to revitalise the inner city area.

Ms Hunt said most of the figures from the survey were “in the same ball park” as last year, and showed residents feel Rotorua is generally a safe place.

People were also asked if they worry about parking their cars in the CBD with thirteen per cent concerned during daytime, down two per cent from last year’s survey. At night 19 per cent worry about their parked cars, three per cent less than last year’s survey. While both figures represent improvement, half the respondents said there were places that were sometimes unsafe to park such as Kuirau Park and the Lakefront.

In local neighbourhoods 88 per cent of people generally feel safe during daytime and 74 per cent at night. In residents’ own homes the figures are even higher with 95 per cent feeling safe during the day and 88 per cent at night.

The survey asked residents if they felt they could trust people. Forty five per cent said ‘yes’ while 41 per cent said ‘you can’t be too careful dealing with people.’

When asked what could be done to make Rotorua a safer place, policing, better parenting, more security, and building and street improvements were most often mentioned.

The top priorities identified for Rotorua over the next few years were better traffic controls, road safety, reducing child and family violence, better parenting and more police presence.

Mayor Steve Chadwick said the survey provided a valuable tool for monitoring how well Rotorua was doing in keeping residents safe.

“Public safety is a shared objective of the council and community and its importance is reflected in our Rotorua 2030 vision and goals.

“Our council remains committed to working in partnership with other organisations and agencies to help build a safe community.”

Council initiatives in support of crime prevention and community safety include its Crime Prevention Plan, City Safe Guardians, a protocol with Rotorua Police and collaborative partnerships with organisations such as the Inner City Focus Group, Treasure Rotorua and Safe Communities Group.

The 2014 Rotorua District Perceptions of Safety Survey was undertaken by Rotorua research company APR Consultants, and involved 499 residents surveyed by telephone and online. The survey results will be available on the council website, rdc.govt.nz, by Friday [5 September].

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news