Community Groups

Community Groups in Westland

See the listing below for Community Groups in the Westland District.

Westland Safe Community Coalition

The Westland Safe Community Coalition Safer Westland meets on the last Friday of every second month at 10.00am in various venues. Its goal is to strengthen community networks and community resilience and to help promote Westland District as a safe and welcome community and so attract investment and new residents. The Coalition was formally granted accreditation with the Safe Communities Foundation of NZ on 23 February 2017 at a Westland District Council meeting.

Safer Westland is keen to improve community safety and well-being, to operate a range of community safety and well-being programmes based on proven or promising strategies.  The Safer Westland Group respond to available safety data for Westland, assess priorities to promote projects and initiatives. Safer Westland participate in local, national and international safe community campaigns and responses.

Safer Westland Governance Group: The current Chair is Councillor Jane Neale who chairs both the Governance Group and the Safer Westland coalition group meetings.

The Safer Westland Governance Group has representatives from: Council, NZ Fire Service, NZ Police, Department of internal Affairs, Accident Compensation Corporation, Community and Public health, WestREAP, West Coast Road Safety, and Poutini Waiora.

All local groups are welcome to be involved in Safer Westland and to send a representative to the Safer Westland Community Coalition meetings.

Current projects in which the Coalition is actively involved in or supports include:

  • 1. Taxi Chit Scheme for seniors who have voluntarily given up driving
  • 2. Youth - CACTUS
  • 3. Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Programme
  • 4. Hokitika Community Patrol
  • 5. Clued up Kids Safety Programme
  • 6. Community Champions
  • 7. DriveWEST – Learner Licence Programme


For information about the Safer Westland workshop on 31 July 2020, click here.

Contact Details

For information on projects and meetings contact Safer Westland Co-ordinator:
Community Development Advisor Sarah Brown,

Phone 03 756 9047 or 027 773 5236


The following documents are available: