Agencies that will be located at Te Wāhi Āwhina include the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), City Mission, CCDHB, and Metlink. It will also provide a base for city guardians like Māori Wardens and Local Hosts, and a site for Police to utilise too.
Councillor Tamatha Paul, the Council’s City Safety Portfolio Lead, says the perception of the city not being safe is not an issue unique to Wellington.
“We’re not alone. Cities around Aotearoa, and the world, are facing the same challenges of anti-social behaviour and an increase in sexual and physical violence. The Pōneke Promise is our commitment to collectively deliver a safer, more vibrant, and compassionate city.
“But we (partners) can’t do this alone. We need all Wellingtonians to help by committing to do their part in making our city a great place to live, work and play again.”