Safer Christchurch is governed by multiple agencies who are working together to make Otautahi/Christchurch a safer place in which to work, play, live and visit.

The Safer Christchurch Alliance is made up of many different agencies including the New Zealand Police, Canterbury District Health Board, Accident Compensation Corporation, the non-governmental organisations (NGO) sector, the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Social Development, the New Zealand Fire Service , the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, the Youth sector, Canterbury University, the New Zealand Transport Agency, Safe Communities Foundation and the Christchurch City Council.

The Safer Christchurch Strategy [PDF, 2.5 MB], adopted in 2005, reviewed in 2008, and now refreshed in 2016, provides the framework for a co-ordinated community and agency response.

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The refreshed strategy has five priorities

  1. Proactive partnerships that have a shared commitment to a Safe City.
  2. Reducing and preventing injuries.
  3. Reducing and preventing the incidence and effects of crime.
  4. Enhancing safety on our roads. 

And, due to the unique opportunity the rebuild has provided:

      5.    Building in safety to achieve a city and neighbourhood which are vibrant, safe and inclusive.

International Safe Community

All initiatives under the strategy helped Christchurch in achieving accreditation in 2008 and re-accreditation in 2016 as an International Safe Community, based on criteria in the Safe Communities model which is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).