Taupo Safe District

"Making Taupo District a safer place to live, work and play"

About us

Taupo District was accredited as an “International Safe Community” in 2010. Accreditation is based on criteria of the Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand model which is endorsed by the World Health Organization.​

People are at the heart of making communities safer places in which to live, work, learn, travel and play; and that everybody has a responsibility to promote and maintain their safety and the safety of others.

Taupo District was re-accredited as a Safe Community by Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand in July 2015​.

Taupo Safe District is an inter-agency working group that strives to create a safe and caring community where people and the environment are valued and respected.


Back row left to right: Zane Berghuis (Tauhara College), Tony Jeurissen (Police), Hellmuth Hartung (Taupo District Council), Gloria Eves (Violence Intervention Network), Stu Cradock (Fire Service)

Bottom row left to right: Dana Thomson (Toi Te Ora, Public Health), Lauren James (Lakes District Health Board), Louise Kirk (ACC), Joy Johnson (Neighbourhood support)



“To support the development of injury and crime prevention and promote safety throughout the community.”

To help achieve this over-all goal the following issues have been named as the priorities to be worked on for 2014 and 2015.

  • Injury; suicide and self-harm prevention
  • Alcohol related harm; and its contribution to all injury fields
  • Crime Prevention; continue to support programmes which successfully address and reduce crime in the community
  • Road Safety; continue to support programmes which successfully address and reduce road accidents in the community.

Who is involved?

Taupo Safe District is an inter-agency working group that is made up from representatives of the groups listed below.

  • New Zealand Police
  • Safe Turangi
  • Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board
  • Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
  • Lakes District Health Board
  • New Zealand Fire Service
  • Neighbourhood Support
  • Violence Intervention Network

This is a district wide initiative and encompasses Turangi, Taupo and Mangakino townships and rural areas.

Strategic Plan

The Taupo Safe District Strategic Plan offers the framework to provide a co-ordinated community and agency response to crime prevention, injury prevention, and road safety.

Taupo Safe District Project Plan 

Safe Communities New Zealand Annual Report

This report is a compiled from Safe Communities New Zealand on the initiatives and projects local safe communities are implementing in their districts.

Safe Communities New Zealand 2012 Annual report

Safe Communities New Zealand 2013 Annual report

Contact us

Hellmuth Hartung
Community Projects Officer
Taupo District Council
Ph. 07 3760 606
Email: hhartung@taupo.govt.nz

Page reviewed: 26 May 2017 9:55am