Planning Started: May 2007
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In late 2010, Napier was awarded accreditation as a World Health Organisation International Safe Community. The Safe communities model supports a whole of government approach that fosters cooperation and collaboration. A very important aspect of being an International Safe Community is to work together with communities to achieve a safe and healthy city. The initiatives below demonstrate how the Council is working with agencies and communities to do this.
Celebrate Safer Napier
Part of being a World Health Organisation Safe Community is to regularly update the community about the city’s safety activities. Napier City Council is hosting an educational and fun day out for the whole family on Saturday 19 November in Anderson Park. Celebrate Safer Napier is all about learning how to keep safe, stay safe and survive.
The Council is joining with a whole range of organisations from emergency services to SPCA, Neighbourhood Support, Surf Life Saving and many more.
There will be a variety of free activities, information stalls, competitions and prize draws.
Maraenui Safety Event
The Maraenui Community Safety Event has been held annually in November since 2009. The event showcases all things safety with local providers such as Police, Fire Service, Napier Cadets and LIVE HB promoting their services. A community song competition is held in conjunction with the event. The four primary schools in the area enter two songs each into the competition. Their performances are judged by a panel of locals. Maraenui Bilingual has won it for the past two years.
Summer Concert Series
The Summer Concert series is an annual event organised by Creative Napier. It is held over January and February in various parks around the city. The early evening concerts are free and feature local artists. Families are encouraged to come to the park with a picnic and enjoy the performances. The theme of each concert differs in each park. Last year there was Opera in the Botanical Gardens, Irish music at Pirimai Park, Jazz at Westshore and Reggae at the Maraenui Park. The events are alcohol and drug free.
Home Safety Flipchart for the Older Person
Napier service providers working together as part of the World Health Organisation’s Safer Communities programme, have developed a home safety flipchart for the older person. The flipchart was launched in readiness for International Day of the Older Person by the Minister for Senior Citizens, Hon Craig Foss, at the NZ Fire Service Regional Office, in Napier, on Monday 26 September 2011. Funded by ACC and the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, the flipchart was developed in response to high incidences of older people having accidents in the home. It also addresses other safety issues such as water safety, civil defence, fire safety, crime prevention and medicines. The flipchart is available free from a number of service providers including superannuation centres, ACC, Age Concern, Napier City Council, and Neighbourhood Support.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) – Maraenui Shopping Centre Assessment
CPTED is a crime prevention tool based on proper design and effective use of the built environment leading to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, as well as an improvement in quality of life. CPTED reduces criminal opportunity and encourages positive social interaction among users of space. The emphasis is on prevention rather than apprehension and punishment.
While crime occurs for many different reasons and cannot be prevented by well designed places alone, CPTED is an important tool with proven benefits. To be most effective, CPTED needs to be part of a broader crime prevention strategy that includes social, environmental and community development strategies.
There are four main CPTED principles. They are:
In 2011 a CPTED consultation was done in Maraenui with three schools, the Retailers Association and the wider community. A map of the Maraenui shopping centre and its surrounding area was used and people were asked to feedback their ideas about unsafe areas. They were also asked for their ideas on how the areas could be made safer. Following the consultation a detailed CPTED assessment on the shopping centre and its surrounds was undertaken. The assessment made a number of recommendations . These recommendations are currently being prioritised by Council and it is hoped they will be implemented over the next 5 years.
Keeping our families Safe
No sweat parenting workshops
In May 2011, NCC funded three workshops for parents to assist them with their role of raising a family. Pio Terei, a well known Māori actor, singer, entertainer and educator came to Hawke’s Bay and inspired many people with his "No Sweat Parenting / Manaaki Whānau" workshops.
One workshop was held at the Pukemokimoki Marae, another at Centennial Hall in Napier and the third one in Hastings. Around 400 people came to the workshops and the feedback was very positive.
The outcome was a positive message for parents and youth and a resource kit was given to everybody. Service providers attended the workshops so people could get ongoing support if they needed it.
We’re OK in the Bay - We ask for Help
This campaign was launched in May 2011. The campaign is the brainchild of the Napier Family Violence Response Group, which is an interagency group working to reduce family violence in the Bay. The campaign features on our Go Buses, supermarket dockets and drink coasters in a number of bars across the city. A mural, featuring the message that was designed by Hemi Watene (Ka Hao Te Rangatahi programme participant) is displayed on Napier City and Maraenui police stations. The mural is planned to be displayed at other community police stations in the future.
Family Violence Coordinator
A coordinator has been put in place in Maraenui to complete a project that will develop resources and tools to enable Police to help whanau get the help they need to deal with family violence issues. The project also aims to increase community awareness of the issues. The project is funded by a Ministry of Justice grant and supported by Napier City Council, the Police and Te Roopu Iwi Trust.