This page contains information about our Summer Safe volunteer ambassadors.
16/05/2018 8:28 a.m.
Whangarei’s dedicated and cheerful Summer Safe volunteer ambassadors, kept more than 24,000 vehicles safe at nine holiday spot carparks this summer.
The volunteers from the following list proved their protective abilities when there were no thefts from cars at Whale Bay, Whangarei Falls/Otuihau, A H Reed, Parihaka, Abbey Caves, Ocean Beach, Ruakaka Beach, Uretiti Beach and Waipu Cove while they were on the job:
Tutukaka Coast Promotions
Ngunguru School years seven and eight
Police volunteers (The Blue Club)
Onerahi Lions Club/ Hatea Lions Club
Sea Cadets – TS Diomede
Whangarei Heads Surf Lifesaving Club
Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club
Camp Waipu Cove
Bream Bay Beach Patrols.
“This is the eighth year in a row that visitors to our beaches, caves, waterfalls, rivers, tracks and holiday spots have been greeted by helpful people, ready to provide information and guard their cars,” said Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai at a thank you ceremony last week.
“You provide a safe and welcoming presence for our visitors and residents. This means they can feel more secure leaving their cars in public places over summer and enjoying our lovely region. You also help us to promote Whangarei as a tourist destination. So many visitors come to our District, which significantly boosts our region’s economy and creates jobs. It would take just one theft from a tourist vehicle to compromise our reputation, but the volunteers keep everyone safe.”
Mayor Mai said the volunteers generated real savings for ratepayers, with the whole programme costing only $30,000 a year, when the same service, (if provided by two security guards at each location), would cost $139,000.
Summer Safe is a partnership project supported by all the volunteer organisations and the Cancer Society, Civil Defence, i-SITE, Council’s parks department, Whangarei Police and the Chamber of Commerce.
Read more about our Summer Safe programme and other community safety projects on our Community Safety page on our website (link below).