Te rua te paia ko Te Whanga
He kāinga to te ata
He kāinga ka awatea
He kainga ka ahiahi, e tama e i.
The storehouse that never closes is Te Whanga. A meal in the morning,
A meal at noon, a meal in the evening, my son.
Safety is important to us all. When we feel safe, we have the freedom to go about our lives confidently and our sense of community is strong. There are already many agencies working to keep our community safe. Our focus is making sure our public places are safe. We do this in many ways, from the design and maintenance of our spaces and roading networks, the use of lighting, and cleaning up graffiti, through to generating vibrancy and life in our city. Every year we invest $350,000 into community safety initiatives. This includes supporting community agencies like NZ Surf Lifesaving, Napier Community Patrols and Neighbourhood Support to do what they do to keep Napier safe. We are part of an international network of ‘Safe Communities’. This is a programme where we actively work with others to prevent harm from injury, crime, and addiction and help build resilience in our communities. There is a huge range of projects we support through this programme. For more information please visit - Safer Napier.
We want people to be able to enjoy Napier and feel safe in their neighbourhoods. We believe businesses should be able to operate and that shoppers should be able to shop in a safe and inviting environment. We know this is important to our community too. We are also very aware of some upsetting incidents that have played out in our public places recently, and know that people are feeling less safe out and about than they used to. A recent survey has identified good support for our CCTV network and patrols. We have both of these activities in place, but we think they can be improved upon.
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