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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;Te Hiringa Hauora/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.

SCFNZ commitment to working with Māori as tangata whenua

SCFNZ recognises the position of Māori as tangata whenua and, as such, the importance of iwi as key stakeholders within Safe Community coalitions in Aotearoa New Zealand. We recognise:

  • Iwi and Māori amongst community leaders with an important role to play in preventing injuries, building community resilience, and social capital.
  • Māori are disproportionately affected by injury and other harms, and that needs to change.

We will do this by mentoring and building Safe Community capacity and capabilities to:

  • recognise the vital role iwi play as partners and the importance of iwi being involved in the broader communities they are part of
  • work in collaboration with local iwi/Māori to build strong relationships in culturally appropriate ways
  • ensure Māori views are included when communities identify their risks and needs
  • Safe Communities encourage Māori to actively contribute to the design and implementation of initiatives, including by enabling opportunities for Māori participation

The Safe Community movement is committed to working together to collectively strengthen cultural capability, diversity and inclusion. It recognises that in 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 wellbeing and 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.