Community Development - Safer Waitaki


Our Vision: Waitaki is a safe community in which to live, work and play  

The Safer Waitaki project is a whole-of-community project with a focus on community safety and community development. This includes community health and well-being. The project was initiated as a way to identify and respond to the key community safety priorities for the Waitaki District. We are a coalition that provides a mechanism for the community to work together to maximise resources and expertise and build community resilience.  

Safer Waitaki is a Council and Community initiative which is coordinated and managed by our Community Development Team. Safer Waitaki promotes and values diversity in all of its forms. We strive to build and nuture a culture where inclusiveness is a normalised concept, not an initiative. Different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger, more creative environment delivering better results.

Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi. Ki te tuohu me he maunga teitei (Seek the treasures of your heart, if you bow, let it be to a lofty mountain).

Click here to visit the Safer Waitaki Website.

Safer Waitaki - International Safe Community

Safer waitaki ceremony with all espresentivies.

Waitaki District was officially designated as an International Safe Community in a special ceremony on 18 March 2013 at the Oamaru Opera House. 

 The ceremony welcomed representatives from the local community to celebrate the achievement of this milestone in the district's journey to becoming a safe place in which to live, work and play.   

Contact Information

Waitaki Community Safety & Development Facilitator  (Helen Algar)

Strategic Outcomes​

Safer Waitaki members

  • ​​Reduce harm related to alcohol, drugs and violence
  • Increased social connections with, and support of vulnerable groups
  • Resilience and safety are an integral part of how we live, work and play
  • Increase pathways and opportunities to support people/family/Whanau to flourish in our community
  • Promote healthy, respectful relationships

Waitaki District Community Directories

We have a diverse range of groups and organisations in the Waitaki area that deliver social services.  

Link: Community Directories​ ​​

Community Noticeboard

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Funding Opportunities

Throughout the year Safer Waitaki identifies potential funding and grants opportunities for the community which will be published on the Safer Waitaki Funding​​ web page​ on a regular basis.  This initiative has been developed by the Waitaki District Council to support our people, families, community groups and service providers especially those impacted by COVID-19.​

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