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Waimakariri District New Zealand, International Safe Community # 47

2006 ISC re-accreditation application 2006 ISC re-accreditation application
(Final Application Waimakariri 2006.pdf - 1.26 Mb)
2006 Redesignation Newsletter 2006 Redesignation Newsletter
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2006 Community Outline 2006 Community Outline
(Waimakariri Safe Community No. 47 Community Programme Outline.pdf - 117.39 Kb)
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2013 ISC re-accrediatation application 2013 ISC re-accrediatation application
(Waimakariri ISC Application Form A.pdf - 430.47 Kb)
2013 ISC Community Outline Form B 2013 ISC Community Outline Form B
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Waimakariri District
Waimakariri District

Waimakariri District Council is the the 2nd designated Safe Community in New Zealand and number 47 in the world. Designation ceremony 1999. Redesignation  November 2006. Re-designation June 2013.

Name of the Community: Waimakariri District
Country: New Zealand
Number of inhabitants: 50,000
Programme started year: 1994
International safe Communities Network Membership:#47 Designation year: 1999, 2006, 2013

Info address on www for the Programme:

For further information contact:
Tessa Sturley: Community Team Leader
Institution: Waimakariri District Council Community Team
Address: Private Bag 1005, Rangiora 7404
City: Rangiora, North Canterbury
Country: New Zealand
Phone : 64 3 311 8902 ext 8823
Waimakariri District Council website:

The programme covers the following safety promotion activities:

For the age group:

Child Safety 0-14years
Partners: Rangiora Maternity hospital, Karanga Mai, Baby on the Move, Fire, Police, Ambulance, Plunket, Road Safety primary schools and preschool parents group., local pharmacies, Plunket, Te Runanga o Tuahuriri, Waimakariri District Council Green Space, Policy and Strategy, Planning and building units, Water Safety New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand, Surf Lifesaving, Coastguard, Waimakariri Aquatics, local primary schools
  • 'Down the Back Paddock’  farm safety programme for primary schools
  • Playground safety addressed through Council-wide commitment to CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Paracetamol poisoning campaign
  • ‘Recognize, Respond and Refer’ programme to address child abuse
  • Child Safety and Falls Prevention education for the parents of preschool children
  • Annual car restraint check campaign
  • Kidsfest child safety event “Teddy Stays out of Trouble”
  • Summer water safety campaign “Who’s Watching the Kids?”
  • PoolSafe Accreditation
  • WaiSwim –
  • Backing display, driveway run-over promotion resource

Youth 15-24 years

High Schools, North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, Hope Community Trust, Oxford Community Trust, Wellbeing North Canterbury, R13 Trust, White Elephant Trust, Police, Waimakariri District Council Green Space, Policy and Strategy, Planning and building units,
  • The ‘Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ parent education programme on alcohol and sexual safety
  • Youth Action Group alcohol-free events
  • Road Crash Day
  • Suicide Prevention
  • 'Funky Farm Workers Food' project for youth working on dairy farms
  • Establishment of a Youth Council as a means by which the needs and aspirations of local young people can be relayed to Council and to the community
  • CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Waikuku Surf Club Sponsorship – The Waimakariri Aquatic Facilities Staff Contribution to Safety

Elderly 65+ years

Partners: Presbyterian Support, ACC,  Darnley Club, Age Concern, Waimakariri Access Group, local physiotherapist, Waimakariri Access Group, Councillors, Waimakariri District Council Green Space, Policy and Strategy, Planning and building units

  • DIY Safety, including ladder falls campaign
  • Falls Prevention, including Active Ageing events, the 'Nite Lite' project and support for modified Ta Chi programmes
  • Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention; including support for ‘Menz Sheds’, ‘Active Ageing’ events and the publication of a recreational activities directory for older people
  • Road Safety: Support for Age Concern’s ‘Older Drivers’ programmes
  • Home Safety:  Support for Age Concern’s  ‘Home and Personal Safety’ programmes, both led by Age concern
  • Through our involvement with the Waimakariri Access Group we also facilitate the delivery of mobility scooter workshops to ensure that older people are trained in the safe use of these often quite powerful scooters.

Natural Disaster:

Civil Defence Emergency Preparedness
Partners: Ministry of Social Development, Presbyterian Support, Civil Defence Volunteers, New Foundations

  • Community Team function as the Welfare Team in a Civil Defence Emergency
  • Input into the development of a local Welfare Development of Waimakariri District Welfare Action Plan
  • Active participation in Civil Defence Pandora and training exercises
  • Community Team Leader sits on the Regional Civil Defence Welfare Action Groups

Violence prevention (intentional injuries):

Family Violence Prevention
Partners: Christchurch Women’s Refuge, Police, Corrections, Barnardos, Battered Women’s Trust, Child Youth and Famil, Waimakariri district Councillors, local primary and secondary schools, local business

  • ‘Recognise, Respond and Refer’ child abuse education for health and educational professionals
  • White Ribbon Day promotion
  • Public Seminars. E.g. Leslie Elliot and Brainwave Trust
  • Reach-out Men’s Advocacy campaign

Suicide prevention (self-inflected injuries):

Suicide Prevention
Partners: Social Services Waimakariri, RCPHO(Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation), Partnership Health, Problem Gambling, High School Principals, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Wellbeing North Canterbury, NZ Police, Rural Support Trust, Kia Piki te Ora, ACC, Department of Labour, Oxford Community Trust, Agribusiness, local schools

  • The establishment of a “Bereaved by Suicide” support group in response to evidence that those affected by suicide are at greater risk of taking their own lives.
  • Facilitation of Community and Provider workshops by leading suicide expert Barry Taylor: “Holding on When it’s Hard to Hold on”
  • Support for ‘Men’s Shedz’ as a means to facilitate connectedness and emotional wellbeing in older men.
  • Promotion of the Mental Health Foundation’s “Five Winning Ways to Wellbeing”
  • Coordination of the ‘Funky Farmworkers Food’ project, to promote wellbeing with at-risk young farm workers and their employers.

Programs aiming at”High risk-groups”:


Rural Environments
Partners: RCPHO(Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation), Rural Support Trust, ACC, Department of Labour, Oxford Community Trust, Agribusiness, local schools. Police, Fire Ambulance, Neighbourhood Support, Civil Defence, Rural Fire,

  • Down the Back Paddock rural safety education programme
  • Farm safety education sessions at small block-holder’s group meetings
  • Horse Safety resource development and distribution
  • Quad bike safety education and media campaign
  • ‘Funky Farmworkers Food’ wellbeing and suicide prevention programme

Partners: ACC, North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, Mitre 10 Mega, Rangiora, Department of Labour, Coastguard, Local liquor licensees, police, ACC, Corrections, Turnaround Waimakariri, Road Safety, local preschools, Wellbeing North Canterbury, Site Safe

  • Our ‘Parents as Role Models’ programme is aimed at encouraging parents to think about the impact of their drinking on their children:
  • Our Road Safety/Crime Prevention “Plan your Night” campaign, as described above.
  • Ladder Safety/ DIY Home Safety, including in-store displays at DIY outlets and at local events.
  • Older Persons Falls Prevention, including Active Ageing events, the 'Nite Lite' project and support for modified Ta Chi programmes
  • Boat Safety promotion inlcudes lifejacket safety and the promotion of boat safety checklists.
  •  Support for ACCs NZ Safety week, Home Safety promotion
  • Support for Age Concern’s  ‘Home and Personal Safety’ programmes, both led by Age concern

Road Safety
Partners: NZ Police, NZ Transport Agency, Automobile Association, Ashburton District Council Road Safety, Environment Canterbury, Waimakariri District Council Utilities and Roading, Rangiora Rotary Club, Rangiora Pakete Lions Club, Rangiora Lionesses, Kaiapoi Lions Club, Local MPs, Waimakariri District Councillors, primary schools

  • Support for Age Concern’s ‘Driving with Confidence’ workshops for older drivers
  • Speed Project
  • School speed signs.
  • Recidivist Driving Course
  • Annual Road Crash Day at local High Schools.
  • Intersection campaign
  • “Plan Your Night” courtesy van campaign.
  • Annual primary school car restraint checks
  • Car seat safety promotion
  • School traffic safety forum

Public Spaces
Partners: Waimakariri Access Group, Councillors, Waimakariri District Council Green Space, Policy and Strategy, Planning and building units

  • CPTED: (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) This incorporates structural and landscaping design that takes into account visibility and accessibility in public places.
  • Support for the Waimakariri Access Group, including:
    -       Facilitating the development of the Waimakariri Disability Strategy 2011.
    -       Connecting Council’s Building and Planning units with the Waimakariri Access Group.
    -       Supporting the development distribution of a promotional flyer for this group.
    -       Bringing accessibility concerns to the attention of the appropriate Council departments.
    -       Assisting the Access Group in a survey of public toilet facilities. This will be passed on to Council, with a view to increasing the number and quality of accessible toilet facilities across the District.
    -       Facilitating the development and delivery of a variety of mobility scooter safety workshops.
    -       The adoption of the Waimakariri Disability Strategy requires that the Access group is consulted in relation to the design of any new buildings or alterations to old buildings to ensure that they are safely to accessible to those affected by disability.

Partners: Water Safety New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand, Surf Lifesaving, Coastguard, Waimakariri Aquatics, local primary schools

Although Injury Prevention includes promotion of water safety and safe boating, water safety is also a key priority for Council’s Aquatic’s Team, who are increasingly recognised as leaders in this area.

  • PoolSafe Accreditation
  • WaiSwim – WaiSwim is the name of the Waimakariri District Councils Learn to Swim and Water Safety Programmes. This aligns with, and is accredited by Swimming New Zealand and Water Safety N Z.
  • Waikuku Surf Club Sponsorship

Surveillance of injuries:

There are a number of sources for injury statistics. These sources include but are not limited to: ACC, Ministry of Health, CDHB, NZTA, Police, St Johns Ambulance, Coronial Services and various local council data/surveys.
Number per year: Waimakariri TLA region from National Query System all external causes, all intents, both genders, all age groups
Fatalities - Year 2009 crude rate: 38.4 (n =18)
Injury Hospitalizations - Year 2011 crude rate: 1,401.5 (n=681)
Population base: 47,600 (30 June 2010)
Started year: 1994

Local data points to falls for children in this age range to be a leading cause of injury in our district. This means that, in line with NZIPS, Ministry of Health and Safekids NZ objectives, child safety continues to be a priority for Injury prevention Waimakariri.

Young People (Youth)
Youth represent approximately 15% of our District’s youth population. Key issues putting our young people at risk of injury are drug and alcohol use, high youth unemployment and a relative shortage of recreational opportunities (particularly since the Canterbury earthquakes when we saw a significant number of facilities damaged) The Waimakariri Youth Development Strategy 2010 was developed in order to provide a framework around which some of these issues could begin to be addressed

Older Persons
Falls continue to be the leading cause of injury for this age group, both nationally and according to local data. With older people leading the statistics for falls and district-wide projections pointing to an ageing population, Injury Prevention Waimakariri continues to support proven Falls Prevention initiatives in the Waimakariri District.

In line with the government’s priority to Whanau Ora, Injury Prevention Waimakariri is committed to working alongside Maori as they identify specific needs and develop programmes that address unintentional injury to local Maori; who consistently feature above average in injury statistics.

40 – 49 year old males
This group not only represents the highest age demographic locally, but also features as one of our most commonly affected falls injury group and in suicide statistics

Every day 11 farmers are seriously injured and approximately one farmer is killed every 2 weeks. Last year ACC paid out $72 million of ACC Claims, related to rural injury. 35% of the Waimakariri population resides rurally. We utilise local and national data and align ourselves with ACC rural priority areas to address rural injury with proven, locally relevant programmes, in association with a variety of key stakeholders

Family Violence
While national statistics appear to be down, local Police, Women’s Refuge and Social Service providers all report that family violence has increased significantly in both incidence and severity following the recent earthquakes. In response to this we have prioritised the development of a broad strategy to address Family Violence in the Waimakariri.

Alcohol-related harm
Local police report that alcohol contributes to over 81% of local crime statistics. Furthermore alcohol contributes to 15% all injury road crashes in the Waimakariri District. Anecdotal evidence from those working in the health and aged care sectors points to a correlation between alcohol consumption and falls in older people

Road Safety (see ‘Crash List Detail report 2012’, appendix 4, form A)
Using NZTA crash data, the NZTA communities at risk register, the “Safer Journeys’ strategy and the Waimakariri District Council Road Safety Strategy, five areas were identified as a priority for the District.
These priority areas are;
  • Speeds including drive to the conditions
  • Younger drivers
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Roads and roadsides including intersections
  • Restraints

The Waimakariri District continues to have a higher than National average suicide rate.


The following documents have been produced through, or align with the work of the Waimakariri District Council Community Team

  • Waimakariri Community Development Strategy 2007 – 2016
  • Waimakariri Road Safety Strategy 2011 - 2016
  • Waimakariri Youth Development Strategy 2010
  • Waimakariri Community Alcohol Action Plan 2009
  • Social Services Waimakariri Charter 2010
  • Social Services Mapping in the Waimakariri District 2011
  • Waimakariri Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2012
  • ‘Older Persons’ Helpbook’
  • Active Ageing Recreation Directory

 Further to this we have produced a variety of brochures, booklets and branded resources that support our work in water safety, child safety, older person’s safety, road safety and family violence prevention. These can be viewed on


Number: Nine
Professions: part-time or full-time:
•   Community Team Leader: Full time
•   Community Development Advisor: Fulltime
•   Injury Prevention Coordinator: 0.75 FTE
•   Rural Safety Coordinator: 0.4 FTE
•   Family Violence Coordinator: 0.5 FTE
•   Road Safety Coordinator: 0.7FTE
•   Youth Development Coordinator: 1FTE
•   Aquatics Centre Manager 1FTE
•   Greenspace Manager 1FTE

The coordination roles associated with Community Safety are managed by the Community Team Leader; based at the Waimakariri Service Centre. This role reports to the Community and Recreation Manager and to the Community and Recreation Committee at Council.

Description of the cross-sector group responsible for managing, coordinating, and planning of the SP/IP program.

The Waimakariri Community Safety Governance group is charged with developing, supporting and reviewing the strategic direction of Community Safety across the three areas, in line with the International Safe Community criteria. This group operates as a governance board with membership capped at 12 and selected according to agreed criteria for selection (E.g. a decision-maker in their organisation, strategic planning experience, local knowledge and experience, relevant experience around community safety.)

 Current membership is as follows:
•        Councillor representative
•        Older persons representative from Darnley Older Persons Club, a local respite daycare facility
•        Child Safety representative from Plunket Society
•        Youth representative from local Youth Action Groups
•        Education representative from a local primary school
•        Business representative
•        Rural Representative
•        Police/Justice representative
•        Past representative from previous advisory group
•        Three Council staff support roles from the Community Team (i.e. Coordinators for Road, Injury and Crime Prevention )
•        Council Policy and Strategy staff representative
•        Road Safety Coordination Committee representative

The Community Safety Governance Group is Chaired by the Councillor holding the portfolio for Community. Minutes from these meetings are submitted to Council’s Community and Recreation committee.

International commitments:

  • Hosted Travelling Seminar – 2008 International Safe Community Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand 1999
  • Study Visit: Safe Communities Hume and La Trobe 1997 & 1998
  • Attended:
    o        Safe Communities Melbourne 1997
    o        Safe Communities Conference in Amsterdam 1998
    o        Pan Pacific Safe Community Conference Waitakere, 1999
    o        Safe Communities Conferences South Africa, 2004
    o        Safe Community Conference, Christchurch 2008
    o        Melbourne Safe Community Conference 2010
    o        World Safety, Wellington 2012
  • Participation in Pan Pacific Safe Community Network Webinars
  • Participation in national ISC meetings and trainings in New Zealand

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