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Strategic Alignment

SCFNZ vision (Communities in New Zealand are safe, vibrant, resilient and connected, He haumaru, hihiri, manahau me hono hapori i roto i Aotearoa) provides a platform for the achievement of New Zealand government wellbeing agenda. Specifically, improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their whanau through supporting healthier, safer and more connected communities.

SCFNZ and the Safe Communities model are aligned to numerous central government objectives including: Department Internals Affairs Purpose: ACC Strategic intent; Ministry of Health: Health Promotion Agency focus on reducing drug and alcohol-related harm; Ministry of Social Development outcomes; NZ Police Prevention First Strategy; NZTA ‘Safer Journeys 2020’.

The Local Government Act 2002 recognises that Territorial Authorities have an important role to play as they are the most effective deliverers of local services. The Local Government Amendment Act 2018 includes “promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural wellbeing of communities in the present and for the future”. The Safe Communities model is well placed to address the needs of local government to address the four wellbeings – in particular the social and cultural aspects.

SCFNZ advocating and liaises with central government and national NGOs, maintaining strong relationships with key partners. A focus is the role SCFNZ provides for community development – through leadership and collaboration to create safer communities in which to work, play and live.

The Safe Community movement is committed to working together to collectively strengthening Safe Community cultural capability, diversity and inclusion. It recognises and is committed to working with tangata whenua we contribute to a safer environment not only for Māori but for all New Zealand communities.

International Safety Standards

This is further strengthened with SCFNZ exercising leadership and advocacy with PPSCN, and WHO.These International networks enable benchmarking to international best practice and the opportunity to increase knowledge on a wide range of community safety approaches.

As well as national alignment, the New Zealand Safe Community Network actively supports the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular addressing the Sustainable Development Goals directly related to injury and violence prevention and those that address the risk factors of injury and violence. The WHO Regional action plan for violence and injury prevention in the Western Pacific : 2016-2020, recommends Safe Communities as a strategy for achieving reduction in injuries.

Collective Plan

In 2018, ACC sponsored a project to help unlock the potential of Safe Communities. This engaged over 150 Safe Community participants in 17 Safe Community coalitions through interviews, a survey and community meetings, plus two events with potential national partners in Wellington. The Unlocking the Potential of Safe Communities plan has been designed to encourage a greater collective approach to making our communities safer.