.What Is Safer North?   Please click this link below to view the Safer North Strategic Plan 2015 -2019

Safer North Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015   

Safer North Community Trust is North Shore's Community Injury Prevention Coalition. This group has been in operation on the North Shore  for 13 years and is made up of a number of key stakeholders from various organisations involved in health, safety, crime prevention and injury prevention.



North Shore and Hibiscus Coast - A safe place to live, work, shop, learn, play and visit



- A strong, collective voice for community safety on North Shore

- Provide leadership and effective mechanisms for community safety

- Use evidence to plan, deliver and evaluate the effect of community safety



In order to meet the criteria for International Safe Community Re-designation (as an International Safe Community) and demonstrate that effective targeted programmes and activities are in place (that are aligned to national strategies), six key objectives have been developed:

1. Continue to improve the evidence base for injury prevention initiatives by monitoring injury issues in the North Shore area

2. Continue to identify and support effective injury prevention and community safety programmes that address the highest priority areas of concern:

  • Reduction of alcohol-related harm
  • Reduction of crime and violence
  • Road safety
  • Injury prevention

3.  Continue to evaluate programmes to monitor effectiveness

4.  Continue to develop relationships with coalition partners and identify new opportunities for partnerships, collaboration and advocacy (funding)

5. Continue to raise awareness, commitment and motivation to improve injury prevention throughout the community

6. Maintain International Safe Community designation

- Encourage the design and development of safe environments, systems and products

- Contribute to the legislative and policy framework supporting injury prevention and safe communities

- Integrate injury prevention activity through collaboration and coordination

- Advance injury prevention knowledge and information

- Develop and encourage effective injury prevention interventions

- Advocate for appropriate resource levels

- Develop and monitor local injury prevention strategies for priority areas

- Foster leadership in injury prevention and safety in the community


 Through community groups and members of government and non-government organisations, working groups have been established to focus on various aspects community safety and injury prevention where Safer North is either providing leadership or participation in the groups.


  • Road Safety,  Crime Prevention 
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Child Safety
  • Older Adults focusing on Falls Prevention
  • New migrant safety
  • Safe Summer safety campaign
  • Living Streets walking promotion
  • Family/Domestic violence prevention
  • Suicide and self-harm prevention
  • Water safety including home pools

Within these working groups are priorities which become individual campaigns.


  • Motor vehicle child restraints using young child seats and booster seats
  • Water safety in and around pools and spas
  • Child burns prevention
  • Balance and exercise promotion for older adults
  • Establishing leisure walkway around entire North Shore perimeter
  • Linking the community to suicide prevention
  • Road safety crash campaigns

Who Is Involved?

 The Board of Trustees:

Chair:   __________Wink




   Teresa Stanley, WaterSafe Auckland Inc                         teresa.stanley@watersafe.org.nz

 MBsStud., BSc., DipTchg. (Phys-Ed),

Teresa is both an aquatic practitioner and a participant - she has been a NZ Swimming representative and a NZ Surf titleholder, is a qualified swim teacher, has held positions with Surf Life Saving as Northern and New Zealand Education Officer and with Sport North Harbour as project coordinator. Together with Dr Kevin Moran, Teresa has had two research publications in Injury Control and Safety Promotion journal in 2006 and Resuscitation in 2010. Teresa is an active swimmer, surfer, scuba diver and cyclist. Teresa brings her extensive experience and expertise in a number of aquatic areas to the position of Business Prevention Manager.





SnrSgnt Scott Cunningham   North Shore Police   scott.cunningham@police.govt.nz

Invited Member representing Police


 Suzanne Booth Executive Director Hibiscus Coast Youth Council Inc.         hbcyouthcentre@ihug.co.nz

Deputy Chair

Suzanne Booth - Executive Director Hibiscus Coast Youth Council Inc.
Born in Australia and moved to New Zealand 26 years ago. 3.5 years International Hotel Management trained, gained a career as Senior Executive for Ansett and Qantas National Airports and Inflight Services - a position held for 15 years.  Looking to move as far North as possible, I secured a role with the Rodney District Council as Manager Service Delivery for the District Assets and Facilities designing and implementing customer focused Facilities Management Contracts for roading, water and parks service delivery.  Waiwera Properties was the next challenge, securing consents for Water Bottling Plants and Hotel Development, while refurbishing, repositioning, rebranding the hot pools and water bottling plant. After re-building Gulf Harbour Country Club out of receivership, the Chairman for the HBC Youth Council Inc asked if I could help him with potential Insolvency - instead taking on the challenge to re-build the centre into the Preventative Youth Development - Safe Space it is today. We now provide over 450 youth and families a week with volunteer opportunities, youth activities, safe spaces cafe, youth counselling and family services, after school and holiday care and Youth for Youth Development Programming.


Sue is an Employment Coach and Recruitment specialist with over 20 years experience, including prior business ownership and sales work history. Married with two teenagers and living on the North Shore, Sue has a BA degree (social sciences and organisational behavior emphasis) along with management studies. A former Company Director of a successful boutique Recruitment Agency (for 10 years), she had a short break to care for elderly family. In 2010, she entered the education market with a private tertiary provider - NZIE in Takapuna, as Student Employment Manager. In August 2014, Sue was appointed HR Administration Manager at St Cuthbert's  College in Auckland.   She has a natural interest in community safety - from family, tertiary student and employer viewpoints in particular.


Fleur Knight     I am the Real Learning Facilitator at Murrays Bay Intermediate School. My role is to work with teachers and students to make learning as relevant, engaging, authentic and as long lasting as possible. My experience includes teaching at primary, intermediate, secondary and tertiary levels. I believe young people learn about the importance of “community” by experiencing what it feels like to work with members of the public to improve the community. I work closely with the Police, the Auckland Council, Starship Children’s Hospital, Pre-schools, rest homes and other primary schools to create authentic learning experiences for the students at Murrays Bay School.

Lisa Judge                 Lisa is currently a stay at home Mum to two children, Jacob (11) and Casey (9). She is heavily involved with the school community, as Walking School Bus School Co-ordinator for Willow Park School and Chair of the PTA. She is passionate about children's safety and ensuring they stay active. In her former life, she worked as a Guide Dog Instructor, both in NZ and the UK., and intends to return to this career once her children have grown.

Carol Hayward      

“Carol Hayward joined the Waitemata DHB as the new Community Engagement Manager at the beginning of December. She has over ten years' experience of working in community and stakeholder engagement roles mainly within local government.

She has led the development of communication and engagement strategies for a wide range of plans, policies and initiatives, and has a particular interest in using digital tools for engagement and working to target and support communities who don't usually get involved.

Previously from the UK, Carol moved to New Zealand in 2008 and lives in Birkenhead.”

Amanda Kelly

Auckland Council Community Safety Advisor.   Invited Member representing Auckland Council

Mike Cohen   Devonport- Takapuna Local Board Member   

Mike has been a long serving Member and Trustee of Safer North brings to the board a wealth of knowledge of Council and Community Affairs.

Trust Coordinator:     Wayne Williams               wayne@safernorth.co.nz  

 Wayne is a former sailor, businessman, sportsman, lecturer and traveller.  Is very handy at tiling around the home and dabbling in the kitchen. Now immersed in injury prevention and developing safer communities, he has been pivotal in maintaining the International Safe Communities Accreditation since 2007 for North Shore City and now referred to as Aucklnad North. It was a thrill for him to play against Tiger Woods in the NZ Pro-Am Tournament some years ago. Now a grandfather to Bradley and Fletcher.  Married to Brenda with adult children Bruce and Amber