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Summer Safe volunteer heroes

The work of Whangarei’s awesome Summer Safe Carparks programme ambassadors was celebrated at a Mayoral Presentation in Council Chambers last week.
Updated: 3/06/2014 11:03 a.m.
Image of Summer Safe Volunteers.

Summer Safe Volunteers.

​Throughout the summer the volunteers looked after seven high risk carparks at Whale Bay, Whangarei Falls, A H Reed, Parihaka, Abbey Caves, Ruakaka Beach and Waipu Cove, clocking up 264 days of coverage totalling more than 1,500 hours, looking after over 17,000 cars and handing out nearly 20,000 safety and information brochures.

Well done to:

Tutukaka Coast Promotions, Tutukaka Coast Lions and the Ngunguru School PTA

for looking after the Whale Bay carpark.

Tiki Pride

for looking after the Whangarei Falls carpark.

Police Volunteers (Blue Club)

for looking after the A H Reed carpark.

Community Patrol NZ

for looking after the Abbey Caves carpark.

Hatea and Onerahi Lions

for looking after the Parihaka carpark.

Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Club

for looking after the Ruakaka Beach carpark.

Waipu Cover Surf Life Saving Club

for looking after the Waipu Cove Beach Carpark.

“These volunteers have braved searing sun, wind-blown dust and dirt, and the occasional downpour to keep our visitors and their belongings safe,” said Whangarei District Council Community Safety Officer Dave Palmer.

“We had no break-ins or thefts during the time they were on duty, and we regularly heard from visitors how friendly and helpful our teams were.

“People volunteer to do this work, and they take it very seriously.  They are safety conscious, helpful and friendly; true ambassadors for our District.   The work they do is greatly appreciated.”



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