About Safe Hutt Valley
Safe Hutt Valley is a group of organisations committed to promoting safety in the Hutt Valley, and reducing the number and severity of preventable injuries.
The main partners are:
Many other groups are also involved in Safe Hutt Valley programmes, and play an important role in promoting safety across the Valley.
Structure of Safe Hutt Valley
Safe Hutt Valley is led by a Governance Group, which is made up of the Mayors of Upper Hutt and Hutt City, Councillors from both areas, and senior representatives from the main partner agencies.
A Working Group plans and delivers safety-related programmes, with input from dedicated work streams focussed on Safe Hutt Valley’s priority areas:
- Staying Safe in the Hutt
- Preventing crime
- Preventing family violence
- Preventing injury
- Road safety
- Reducing harm from alcohol
Background to Safe Hutt Valley
In 2009, Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council agreed to work together to improve community safety in the Hutt Valley, and to jointly pursue accreditation as an International Safe Community. A Safe Hutt Valley interagency group was formed to develop an application for International Safe Community status. The group was made up of a range of agencies including both Councils, Regional Public Health, Hutt Valley District Health Board, ACC, Awakairangi Maori Regional Board and Police from both the Hutt City and Upper Hutt districts.
Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt cities jointly received official accreditation as an International Safe Community in September 2010. This accreditation recognises the efforts of the various organisations and individuals working together to design and implement strategies to promote safety, and reduce the incidence and severity of injury in the Hutt Valley.
The International Safe Communities model is based on a World Health Organisation concept which recognises that safety is a universal concern and responsibility for all – i.e. that everyone has an interest and responsibility in keeping our communities safe. The model seeks to increase action on injury prevention and safety promotion by building community partnerships. Please see the Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand website to find out more about International Safe Communities in New Zealand.