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Safer Napier

Safer Napier is an accredited International Safe Community. Meaning? More than 40 agencies, organisations and groups within Napier work together to help make ours a safer city.

Safer Napier is an accredited International Safe Community. Over 40 agencies, organisations and groups are working together and taking a coordinated approach to improve community safety in Napier.  

Napier City Council is the agency responsible for coordinating the programme. Mayor Bill Dalton is the ambassador of the programme which is governed by the Safer Napier Strategic Group.  

The programme has been extremely successful so far, winning numerous awards including the ‘2016 World Health Organisation Western Pacific Regional Office Healthy Cities Recognition for Violence and Injury Prevention’.

Safer Napier Strategic Group

  • Accident Compensation Corporation
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
  • Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
  • Health Hawke's Bay
  • Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Napier City Business Incorporation
  • Napier City Council
  • New Zealand Automobile Association
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Red Cross
  • RoadSafe Hawke's Bay
  • Roopu A Iwi Trust
  • Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri
  • Te Rangihaeata - Gambling Recovery Service (HB)

There are a range of projects and activities that contribute to Safer Napier. It is an ‘umbrella’ for over 60 initiatives and projects. Safer Napier takes a strengths based approach to support families / whānau and neighbourhoods, and to address safety issues.

Safer Napier focus areas

  • People are injury-free in Napier
  • Napier is free from crime
  • Napier roads are safe for all
  • Napier is free from alcohol and addiction-related harm
  • People in Napier keep themselves safe.

Did you know?

  • 10,203 Napier households are members of a Neighbourhood Support Group
  • 16 school zones operate throughout Napier helping to reduce speed around schools
  • 52% of households surveyed after Siren Testing have an emergency survival kit
  • Alcohol Controlled Purchase Operations are conducted throughout the year to monitor if alcohol is being sold to underage people
  • Over 400 older adults have attended Sport Hawke’s Bay classes designed to improve balance and prevent falls

Safer Napier monitors what difference it is making using a Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework.  Guidelines have been developed to help evaluate projects. You can find out more about Safer Napier by reading the Safer Napier Annual Report for July 2016 – June 2017.

For more details on Safe Communities please visit

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