The aim of Safer Communities is to make Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty a safe place to live, work and play.
The Safer Communities project began in 2006 with the formation of a collaborative partnership between Tauranga City Council and key safety stakeholders. Projects and initiatives to date have focused on a variety of areas to improve safety outcomes and prevent injury.
In 2008, Tauranga received formal designation as an International Safe Community (administered by the Safe Communities Foundation NZ). Western Bay of Plenty District Council joined the programme in 2014.
In 2015, a tactical group was established to focus on the effective implementation of Safer Communities strategic direction and action plan, by evaluating project outcomes and monitoring the communities' ongoing needs and safety priorities.
The group meets on a bi-monthly basis. Membership consists of representation from Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, BOP Regional Council, NZ Police, NZ Fire, BOPDHB, emergency management and an elected member from each Council.
- Safety goal one: Communities and agencies in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty are supportive and connected
- Safety goal two: Public spaces are used freely and without fear (crime prevention)
- Safety goal three: People are free from drug-related harm.
- Safety goal four: Vulnerable whanau/families are free of violence and fear
Two campaigns were launched in November 2016 to encourage responsible and safe drinking behaviour in the western Bay of Plenty.
Stop the Supply is aimed at parents, legal guardians and other adults to raise awareness of the illegal nature of secondary supply of alcohol and the subsequent danger to young people.
What About You? is aimed at young people. The campaign challenges students' misconceptions of peer drinking norms by highlighting real facts about drinking behaviours that are common amongst young Kiwis.
Other useful websites
New Zealand Police - local news, resources and safety tips
New Zealand Fire Service - promotions and fire prevention programmes and resources
St Johns Ambulance Service - educational services and first aid courses
Coastguard - instructional videos, educational services and boating courses
Surf Lifesaving - educational material
Water Safety - information and resources around water safety
Bay of Plenty District Health Board - medical services, advice and education available in the region
ACC - injury prevention in the home, sports and workplace
Alcohol Advisory Service - resources and advice on alcohol-related issues
Youthline - counselling advice for young people
NZ Transport Agency - resources for road safety