New Plymouth District Officially a Safe Community

30 November 2016

New Plymouth District has been reconfirmed as an International Safe Community – a designation that is endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

Chief Executive Barbara McKerrow says the reaccreditation is the result of the combined efforts of key community agencies.

“Taking active steps to reduce harm in our community requires buy-in from a large number of organisations and individuals, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to do this for several years now.

“The work is ongoing and we’ll keep aiming for an even safer environment for residents and visitors to live, work, and play,” says Mrs McKerrow.

New Plymouth District has been an International Safe Community since 2005 – only the third in New Zealand at the time.

To be reaccredited, the relevant agencies had to show the district is safe and that they are working on it becoming safer. This includes demonstrating safety leadership, data analysis, creating and delivering safety programmes, setting priorities and measuring the agencies’ effectiveness.

The main agencies involved in the International Safe Community collaboration are New Plymouth injurySafe, the Council, NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, Taranaki District Health Board and the Public Health Unit, ACC, Tui Ora, Bishops’ Action Foundation, Kidsafe Taranaki, WorkSafe NZ, Taranaki Rural Support Trust and Be Safe Taranaki.

NPDC is the lead agency for projects around road, pedestrian and cycle safety (e.g. road safety improvements and Let’s Go’s bicycle and scooter skills programmes in schools) and for alcohol harm reduction (e.g. the Alcohol Accord and Local Alcohol Policy).

The reaccreditation process will be completed on 8 December in the Council Chamber with the Mayor signing the accreditation document.