- 1994 – The Tairāwhiti region was included in a pilot programme for “Indigenous Safe Communities in New Zealand” to improve safety outcomes for both tangata whenua and the wider community.
- 2008 – Meeting was held with various agencies and individuals with an interest in creating a collaborative approach to safety and crime prevention in Tairāwhiti.
- 2011 – STCT was granted official status as an International Safe Community (#270). STCT Application for designation as an International Safe Communities, and Site Report to the Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ) .
- 2012 – On 28th February, STCT was officially recognised at a formal signing ceremony at Manutuke.
Safe Tairawhiti celebrated the achievement at a designation ceremony on 28th February 2012 at Whakato Marae Manutuke. The first time an ISC designation ceremony has been held on a Marae.
During this celebration, the final draft of the STCT Strategic Plan 2012-2015 was released for public consultation and feedback.
The STCT – TRUST DEED and RULES was finalised in 2012.