Safer communities together
Safety and security are fundamental to the well-being of Aucklanders. In addition to high resolution rates of crimes committed, we want to be able to prevent criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.
Prevention first should be Council's operating strategy. We will align council resources to complement Government focus and provide well-lit, well-designed public spaces to enhance safety and security for residents.
If elected, I will promote safer communities through
BUILDING Inclusive COMMUNITIES
As people feel included and are invested in a community, they are less likely to participate in anti-social behaviour. Council and communities have a great incentive to develop inclusiveness within their communities.
In Council, I will help build closer-knit communities by: -
PARTNERING WITH CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
A significant amount of safety resources are driven by Central Government (e.g. Police, Civil Defence, NZ Fire Service). A Council advocating for safety should thus be able to work with Government regardless of who sits in the Prime Minister's office.
In Council, I will seek to improve our relationship with Government through: -
- Respectfully engaging with ministries and the Government, whichever party happens to be in power
- Clarifying the roles between community groups and government entities
- Ensuring business cases provided to request Government support are evidence-based and watertight in their conclusions
Responsible Alcohol Policy
One third of offences committed are influenced by alcohol. Council by-laws and advocacy has a major part to play in reducing alcohol-related crime.
In Council, I will support responsible alcohol policies such as: -
- Retaining alcohol bans in town centres
- Ensuring licensing and compliance teams are properly resourced
- Advocating for a culture shift to low-risk drinking