Orākei suburb is a safer place thanks to a newly established community patrol.
Orākei Local Board has worked with Ōrākei Marae and Community Patrols New Zealand (CPNZ) to get the patrol started.
“We are thrilled to have a community patrol underway in the Orākei suburb,” says Orākei Local Board Chair and community development portfolio lead Desley Simpson.
“Everybody wants a safe environment in which to live, work and play and I am grateful that a committed local volunteer team has stepped up to help make this happen.”
Patrol coordinator Neil Maihi, who is the security manager for Ōrākei Marae, says the impetus for the patrol came from the community wanting greater security.
He says feedback has been fantastic and after starting with 13 trained volunteers, he hopes to double that number.
The board has a relationship with CPNZ through other patrols operating in its area. Auckland City CPNZ representative Garry Miller says patrols can operate at any time, and safety is paramount.
The group has a police call sign and receives support and guidance from the police. All prospective patrollers undergo police vetting.