This page contains information about the Summer Safe programme that is just about to kick of its ninth year, this December.
23/11/2018 1:37 p.m.
Whangārei’s beloved Summer Safe Ambassadors are ready to guard cars, give directions, supply sunscreen and tsunami education, safety and security hints, along with a fair dollop of their general friendliness.
For the ninth year in a row volunteers in fluorescent vests will keep parking areas at the District’s most popular holiday spots safe for visitors and will be handing out useful information and smiles as they go.
The Summer Safe Carpark programme’s aim is to prevent theft and crime and increase the public’s awareness of ways to keep their property and themselves safe, but it is proving to be much more than that.
“Our volunteer ambassadors are friendly, knowledgeable, keen to help and to see everyone have a good, safe summer, and people respond really well. They build a real sense of community,” said Council Community Safety Officer David Palmer.
“We have had no thefts from cars during patrols by the volunteers over the last eight years and we plan to keep that great record going this season, which will start on 1 December and end on 22 April (Easter Monday).
“This summer we are adding another six days to take us to 50, covering 21 weekends and eight statutory holidays."
The volunteers attended their pre-season briefing last week and are ready to launch into action.
Members for this year are :
Co-ordination: Police Volunteers (Blue Club)
Abbey Caves: Whangarei Navy Cadets
Parihaka: Onerahi Lions Club
Parihaka: Hatea Lions Club
AH Reed: Police Volunteers (Blue Club)
Whangarei Falls: Tikipunga Community Trust (TikiPride)
Ocean Beach: Whangarei Heads Volunteer Surf Lifesaving Patrol
Whale Bay: Tutukaka Coast Promotions Society
Whale Bay: Ngunguru School Year 7 & 8
Ruakaka: Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Patrol
Waipu: Cove Camp Waipu Cove
Uretiti: Bream Bay Beach Ambassadors