Safe communities mean people feel safe from crime. They also give people a sense of belonging and being valued. Local leadership and strong community networks are key elements in safe communities and they are also crucial to building community resilience.

Changes to our Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities

The Council approved a new 2020 strategic framework on 19 December 2019 and this is currently part of the consultation document on the annual plan.

Information on our revised Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities is currently being developed.

The Council has wide-ranging responsibilities for keeping our communities safe and healthy. There are many dimensions to health and wellbeing (physical, social, spiritual, mental and emotional). Partnership and collaboration government and community organisations is critical to supporting healthy people and communities.

The city needs to be well prepared for natural hazards and other shocks and stressors.  Working with residents to develop planning responses that are appropriate to each community is essential for helping us prepare for future challenges.

What this means for our district

  • Christchurch has a healthy built and natural
  • Christchurch’s built environment is well-designed and contributes to achieving our health and natural environment outcomes.
  • Council services support and enable good public health
  • People feel safe in their homes, neighbourhoods and the central city
  • Community facilities and public places are safe, healthy, and welcoming
  • People have active and healthy lifestyles
  • The city is well-prepared for future challenges and our resilient communities help us to respond to and recover from the effects of all known shocks and stressors
  • Communities have a good understanding of the city’s natural hazard risks and potential shocks and stressors

How we are contributing

We are working across the district on a variety of local issues which promote safe and healthy communities. We aim to ensure equitable access to parks, open spaces, recreation facilities, and libraries across the city. Council is involved in the CAAP (Community Alcohol Action Plan), a partnership with police and the district health board to reduce alcohol harm.

We participate in Water Zone Committees(external link) which work with the communities and decision makers to care for communities and waterways.  Recently completed tsunami inundation modelling for Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbour will be used to help Civil Defence with emergency planning in Banks Peninsula. We are working with local communities in South New Brighton and South Shore to develop a regeneration strategy to help address challenges associated with natural hazards and climate change.

How you can help

Make sure you are well educated about natural hazard risks in your area. Get to know your neighbours so they have someone to call on if they need help. Encourage friends and whānau to lead healthy lifestyle by enjoying our parks, beaches and recreational facilities. Attend Council and Community Board meetings or Water Zone Committee meetings and have your say on local issues you care about.