Late night CBD safe zone up and running

Last Updated : 29 Jan 2020
Safe zone

Help is at hand for party-goers in the central city this summer, especially on weekends and throughout Orientation Week.

Auckland Safe Zone will set up at Queen Elizabeth Square, Britomart, from 5 February to 19 March on weekend nights when there’s a lot going on in the city. For the first time, it will also be available on the Wednesday and Thursday nights of student orientation week.

"We fully expect large numbers of young people to be out enjoying themselves in our fantastic city at night, but we would always hope that they drink responsibly, drink plenty of water, have a good meal before heading out and make good decisions when trying to get home," says Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee Chair, Councillor Cathy Casey.

“However, despite the best plans, sometimes people enjoying the late night scene in the city may need a little help to sober up, get hydrated, stay safe or get home, or even get medical attention,” she says.

Auckland Safe Zone will also provide just that – a safe zone – for more serious concerns.

“We want everybody in the CBD to look after themselves and their friends, but when they need help the Safe Zone will be on hand.”

The Safe Zone will offer a water station, rest area, mobile phone charging station, travel information, medical help, safe refuge and advice that might contribute to the reduction of alcohol-related harm and further injury.

Now in its fourth year, the Auckland Safe Zone is a collaboration of Auckland Council, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), St John and Red Frogs youth volunteers, with support from Global Security, the Police, the Health Promotion Agency and Heart of the City.

Last year more than 7600 people visited the Safe Zone for social support and hydration. Another 80 were assessed and treated by St John, reducing the number of people transported to emergency departments.

Auckland Safe Zone will be located in Queen Elizabeth Square, Britomart, from 10pm to 4am overnight on:

  • Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February
  • Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February
  • Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February (student orientation week)
  • Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February
  • Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March
  • Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March

Aucklanders are encouraged to look out for the zone and usher anyone through to this safe area if they need support.

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