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Safe Communities Ashburton District

Safe Communities Ashburton District is a collaboration of 27 agencies involved in a wide range of community safety areas.

The collaboration aims to reduce injury and crime, and enhance safety over time. By combining agency skills and resources we can have a bigger impact on identifying and responding to community safety concerns.

About Safe Communities Ashburton District

Safer Mid Canterbury took the lead in working towards Safe Communities accreditation for the District, which was awarded by the Safe Communities Foundation of New Zealand on 29 May, 2019.

To view the accreditation application document visit www.safecommunities.org.nz (Safe Community Networks/Ashburton District). 

Ashburton District joins a well-established network of accredited Safe Communities in New Zealand (see the Safe Communities Foundation NZ website www.safecommunities.org.nz for a list of accredited Safe Communities). 

Accreditation also enables our District to become a member of the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network of Safe Communities in New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America.  This is an active and extensive network that shares information and best practice.

Safe Communities that have operated for some time have reported an increase in interventions and activities, improved ability to obtain external funding for emerging community safety issues, and ultimately improved safety within their communities. 

Perceptions of community safety impact on how people feel and interact in their communities. Achieving community safety isn’t just about reducing and preventing injury and crime, it’s about building strong, cohesive, vibrant and participating communities.

“A safe community is one where people can go about their daily activities in an environment without fear, risk of harm or injury. And where all sectors of society work together in a coordinated and collaborative way to promote safety. This process helps local people to know what is available and also to put in place joint activities and projects to address emerging local concerns.” (Safe Communities Foundation of NZ)

Steering Group

A steering group made up of representatives from a variety of community agencies has committed to providing leadership, advice and support for the Safe Communities programme. The agencies are involved with crime prevention; injury prevention; alcohol and drug related harm; road safety; rural safety; education; and community wellbeing. Partner agencies are:

  • ACC
  • Age Concern Ashburton
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Ashburton College
  • Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS)
  • Ashburton District Council
  • Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support Inc.
  • Ashburton Ministers’ Association
  • Ashburton Town Watch Society Inc.
  • CCS Disability Action
  • Department of Corrections
  • Experience Mid Canterbury
  • Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)
  • Hakatere Marae
  • Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association
  • Mid Canterbury Provincial Rural Women New Zealand
  • New Zealand Police
  • Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children
  • Presbyterian Support Ashburton
  • Rakaia Community Association
  • Waitaha Primary Health
  • Rural Support Trust Mid Canterbury
  • Safer Mid Canterbury
  • Sport Canterbury
  • St John
  • Work and Income/Ministry of Social Development
  • YMCA Mid Canterbury

The Steering Group has identified falls in older people, road crashes, theft/burglary, family harm and suicide as key community safety concerns for Ashburton District. The Safe Communities Ashburton District Strategic Plan, 2019-2024 below outlines programmes and initiatives to address these key safety concerns.

Thank you to Ashburton District Council and ACC for their support of the Safe Communities Ashburton District project.



To find out more about Safe Communities Ashburton District, contact:

Lesley Symington, Safe Communities Coordinator

email: lesley@saferashburton.org.nz; phone: 03 308 1395 ext 236 or 027 586 6556




Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand www.safecommunities.org.nz

Strategic Plan