The number of incidents that have a negative impact on community safety or perceptions of safety occurring within Te Aro Park are comparatively higher than in other central city parks.
The Te Aro Park - Assessing Harm report is the result of a collaboration between Wellington City Council Officers and the New Zealand Police over the course of 2019/2020 to identify and address safety concerns within Te Aro Park.
The report summarises actions taken to date and further outlines potential solutions for the remaining challenges that exist within the park.
In order to improve safety within Te Aro Park, the report outlines options which have been categorised into projects for possible implementation over short, medium and long term, many of which are already underway.
Note on the Te Aro Park - Assessing Harm report
This report was prepared by a joint working group of staff from Wellington City Council and New Zealand Police to examine safety in and around Te Aro Park. It was initially prepared for internal discussion purposes and has now been prepared for public release.
Since the draft internal report was first submitted by the working group to Wellington City Council and New Zealand Police leadership, a number of recommended actions have been implemented, issues surrounding the park have gained considerable public attention, and work is continuing between Council, New Zealand Police and partners to implement improvements.
Actions taken recently, or as a result of the working group’s work (as at September, 2020):
- Canopy removed from the toilet block
- toilet blocks painted and solutions to protect from graffiti
- surrounding businesses have met to discuss further changes needed
- tree trimmed to improve sightlines for CCTV
- lighting levels increased
- new caretaker appointed
- lighting assessment conducted
- parks Sport and Recreation team looking into installing additional lighting in the space
- businesses engaged with about their perceptions of safety in the park
- police survey conducted with surrounding businesses
- maintenance of the bike racks located in the park
- liquor ban signage has been installed.