safe people, safe places, safe tairāwhiti

There is a growing trend within communities, where crime is a serious issue, to engage in initiatives, programmes, and in the development of policies that reduce, prevent, and where possible, eliminate the causal effects of crime.
A community based approach to crime prevention requires support from:

  • 1. Central and Local Government.
  • 2. Interagency collaboration and partnership.
  • 3. Community collaboration and participation.

Community crime prevention encourages the use of knowledge based evidence, such as robust data collection and analysis, to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions. There are a number of initiatives whose aim it is, is to reduce the incidents of crime in Tairāwhiti.


The Ruia Project is a community initiated approach that works alongside gangs, and thier whanau, to effect positive change through transformative programmes to reduce the impacts of gang related crime and violence in Tairāwhiti. To achieve this, the focus of the Ruia Project is to empower gangs, and their whanau, to improve their educational, and employment opportunities, while improving the quality of support services available to gangs, and their whanau.

Download a copy of the RUIA PROJECT – Literature Review 2012
Download a copy of the RUIA PROJECT – Final Report 2013


The New Zealand Transport Agency, Gisborne District Council, and New Zealand Police in conjunction with Pass Right Driving School established a community mentoring initiative to help our youth to build confidence, experience, and knowledge to gain their restricted drivers licence.
The 12 week programme utilized Police mentors to work alongside youth to help them:

  • recognise potential hazards on the road
  • drive to the conditions of the road
  • instil positive driving habits and practices
  • develop driver management skills

Download a copy of NGA ARA PAI – Statistics


The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have released a report stating that in 2013 young drivers aged 15–24 were involved in 71 fatal traffic crashes, 485 serious injury crashes and 2,581minor injury crashes.  Of these crashes, 15–24 year-old drivers were responsible in 55 fatal crashes, 394 of those serious injury crashes and 1,932 minor injury crashes.

To download the full report – NZTA – Young drivers 2014