Safer Whanganui


​​ Safer Whanganui is a coalition of agencies and groups working together to promote community safety and to reduce harm in the Whanganui District.

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About Safer Whanganui

Chaired by Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall, the high-level governance group includes representatives from the Council as well as Iwi, Ministry of Education, New Zealand Police, Horizons Regional Council, Whanganui District Health Board, Sport Whanganui, Ministry of Social Development, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Corrections and children’s, business and community representatives.

Safer Whanganui also has six specialist reference groups covering a number of topics like road safety, family violence, safety and well-being, alcohol/drugs, emergency planning and justice.

Our community was awarded International Safe Community status in 2010 – the first in the world to use Results Based Accountability. In 2016, Safer Whanganui was formally re-accredited as a Safe Community within the Pan Pacific Safe Communities network, which consists of about 100 Safe Communities across New Zealand, USA, Australia and Canada.  All aim to reduce and prevent injury and crime and to build strong, cohesive, vibrant, participatory communities.

In 2016 Safer Whanganui participated in a national pilot programme to show we are making a difference, not only in the Whanganui community but also against national indicators.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises the Safe Community model as an important mechanism for promoting the implementation of evidence based action for violence and injuries. Our status was made possible by an outstanding collaboration of community partners, agencies and organisations focused around a common goal. 

The Council is committed to Safer Whanganui by funding a full-time manager and including the coalition in its 10-Year Plan. 

Our success stories

Free electric blanket testing

This is a project that Safer Whanganui and the Safety & Wellbeing Reference Group have supported at the Whanganui Fire station for the past two years. In 2016, 376 blankets were tested and 74 failed, while in 2017 574 blankets were tested and 94 failed.

While this is a great service to provide to the community as a lead up to winter, it also is an opportunity to provide education on not only the care of electric blankets over the summer months but also other home safety devices like smoke alarms. While this is hard to measure it any homes that have a reduced fire risk from faulty electric blankets is a positive for the community.

Smoke alarm testing

Whanganui has had a high number of house fires over the past four years. Many of these homes did not have smoke alarms or working smoke alarms so the Safety and Wellbeing Reference Group took on a project to increase the number of working smoke alarms in our homes.

Our online referral form has been developed so that people who need support to get their smoke alarms installed can now access this service.

Preventing family violence

The Whanganui Family Violence Network comprises 46 statutory, iwi and community organisations actively working to prevent and address to ongoing impacts of violence within our homes, whānau and families. 

In November 2016, Safer Whanganui partnered with a consortium of iwi and community organisations in hosting a major conference: Dignity Whanganui, to further improve the quality and effectiveness of local responses at all points of intervention with family violence.

Whanganui Neighbourhood Support

After the June 2015 weather event, training staff to run our Civil Defence Centres in Whanganui East was prioritised. A number of Neighbourhood Support street leaders have undergone training to be ready for a similar emergency.

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If you would like to know more about Safer Whanganui please contact Lauren Tamehana, Safer Whanganui Manager.
06 349 3104​

Page reviewed: 05 Aug 2019 12:59pm