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Summer Safe Carparks

This page contains information about the Summer Safe Carparks programme of community ambassadors at popular locations in the Whangarei District during the busy summer period.
Updated: 1/09/2020 10:47 a.m.

The Summer Safe Carparks programme is a highly successful programme coordinated by Council under the City Safe umbrella and supported by the New Zealand Police, as well as, by a number of dedicated local community organisations.

Since December 2010, our Summer Safe Carpark Ambassadors have been looking after our car parks near popular beaches and reserves. The programme runs over the summer period from the first weekend in December to Easter Monday.

The aim of the Summer Safe Carparks programme is to prevent theft from vehicles parked at popular tourist spots in the district and anti-social behaviour during the summer months and to create a positive experience for carpark visitors.

The campaign is supported by dedicated volunteer ambassadors from the community who patrol carparks in their area.

They wear high visibility City Safe branded vests and offer friendly advice to make sure visitors to the carparks and their vehicles are safe, as well as providing information about other destinations within the district to visit.

The ambassadors ensure the carparks are clean and will report any vandalism or maintenance issues to Council and suspicious behaviour to the Police, who also patrol the parks as part of the campaign.

This programme has continually proven to be an invaluable contribution towards ensuring a safe district. Year after year while the programme is active and ambassadors are in their locations, there has been no vehicle crime committed.

Carparks being patrolled:

  • Abbey Caves
    Sea Cadets - TS Diomede

  • AH Reed Memorial Park
    Police Volunteers (Blue Club)

  • Parihaka Memorial (summit)
    Onerahi Lions Club
    Hatea Lions Club

  • Ruakaka Beach
    Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Club

  • Waipu Cove
    Waipu Cove Surf Life Saving Club

  • Whale Bay
    Ngungururu School PTA
    Tutukaka Lions Club

  • Whangarei Falls
    Tiki Pride 

  • Ocean Beach
    Whangarei Heads Surf Life Saving Club

If you are interested in setting up a similar programme in your area or you want more information about this programme, please contact Council's Community Safety Officer on +64 9 470 3110.

For more information about each site that is patrolled, and links to the community organisations that patrol these sites, please see the 'Resources' on the right of this page.

The above video explains more about the Summer Safe Carpark programme, hear from the volunteers and what the volunteers do.


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