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Safer Napier

Napier City is proud be an accredited international Safe Community that recognises safety as a universal concern and a responsibility for all. First accredited in 2010, Safer Napier aims to make Napier a safe and healthy city through encouraging cooperation and collaboration of key agencies, organisations, community groups, businesses and the wider community who share this common goal.

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

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

Safer Napier was reaccredited in 2021 where over 59 agencies, organisations and groups signed a Memorandum of Commitment, reconfirming the commitment to work together to improve community safety in Napier. 

Safer Napier

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
  • Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
  • 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)
  • Te Puni Kōkiri 

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
  • People in Napier keep themselves safe
  • Napier is free from addiction-related harm.

Safer Napier Newsletter 

If you would like to receive the Safer Napier e-newsletter please email

Did you know?

  • 10,500 Napier households are members of a Neighbourhood Support Group
  • 16 school zones operate throughout Napier helping to reduce speed around schools
  • 58% of surveyed households in Napier have a household emergency plan
  • Alcohol Controlled Purchase Operations are conducted throughout the year to monitor if alcohol is being sold to underage people
  • Community Strength and Balance classes can reduce the number of falls and injuries resulting from falls by between 30 and 50 percent 

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 more details on Safe Communities please visit

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