26 Oct

Reaccreditation of New Plymouth District


Injury prevention and community safety is a priority in the New Plymouth District – safety matters to people.  Preventable injuries are a leading cause of hospitalisation, mortality and morbidity, as well as lost productivity and reduced quality of life.

The New Plymouth District was recently reaccredited as a Safe Community under the Pan Pacific Network, an accreditation status we have held since 2005.  

The Safe Community model is widespread internationally and is recognised by the World Health Organisation as an effective and acceptable intervention to address community and indivdual safety, resilience and wellbeing.   The Safe Communties concepts embody the vanues and philiosophies of whanaungatanga (relationships) manaakitanga (respoect, care and support) and tino rangatiratanga (self-determination and autonomy).   Reaccreditation demonstrates activity against the four parts: Collaborative Governance, Prioirty Setting, Effective Strategies and Shared Learning.  

NPiS is fortunate to have some wonderful partner agencies as part of our trust, who value the importance of working together to enhance community wellbeing and promote safety.  We would like to thank them for their significant contribuiton to the work we do together as a safe community.

Unfortunately due to the Covid lockdown we have had to postpone our reaccreditation ceremony, but we plan to hold a celebration in early 2022.   In the meantime, Programme Manager Alisha Stone has been busy meeting individually with partner agencies to sign the Safe Community Agreement.  See some of the photos below!



Callum Williamson (Community Partnerships Lead, NPDC), Mayor Neil Holdom, Alisha Stone (NPiS Programme Manager)


Rosemary Clements (CEO Taranaki DHB), Alisha Stone (NPiS Programme Manager)

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Alisha Stone (NPiS Programme Manager), Inspector Belinda Dewar and Karen Drysdale (New Plymouth Police)


Andrew Brock (Manager Projects and Innovation at BAF and NPiS Board Chair), Riley McGregor (Injury Prevention Partner Taranaki Whanganui Region, ACC).


Hayden Wano (CEO Tui Ora Ltd)

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Dr Stephen Butler, Paediatrician Taranaki DHB and Chair of Kidsafe Taranaki Trust

26 Oct

Motorcycle Awareness Month

Update from Riley McGregor from ACC


In the last newsletter I was promoting the two local events planned for Taranaki to promote Motorcycle Awareness Month (MAM).

Unfortunately, as we are all aware, COVID-19 brought a halt to the country in mid-August stopping all of the MAM events.

The Ride Forever team’s biggest priority is to keep New Zealand’s riding community, our people and our partners safe.  Therefore, when Aotearoa New Zealand returns to Alert Level 1, we’ll pick up the organisation of these events again, branding them as ‘Ride Forever’ events.

In the meantime, this year’s MAM activity has been held through the month of October and has been entirely digital, predominantly through the Ride Forever Facebook page and the Ride Forever website.

The main messages have been to get riders to make the most out of the summer riding season by

  • fine tuning their skills
  • checking their gear
  • making sure their bike is ride ready.

There have been ambassador videos, articles, tips and tricks to keep our riding community safe throughout the summer seasons, and lots of prizes given away. There is still time to get involved online, by using our Facebook Frame, share our posts or create your own for us to share.

Whether you are a new rider, returning rider, or experienced rider, having the right gear, understanding your technology and continually developing your skills is paramount to having a great ride and remaining safe. The Ride Forever Facebook Page and Website can help with all of these, but nothing will be as effective as getting out on your bike with a qualified motorcycle teacher who can pitch the course to your level of skill and confidence.

Sign up today!


26 Oct

Taranaki Wellbeing Expo


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Taranaki Wellbeing Expo is coming to New Plymouth and Hāwera in December 2021.

These free events are being hosted by Taranaki Suicide Prevention to showcase people in our communities that support mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. We have over 25 stalls confirmed for each venue, local entertainment, and there is an activity space for the kids!


New Plymouth: Saturday 4th  December, Waimanako, 33 Devon Street West

Te Hāwera: Saturday 11th December, Hāwera Community Centre, Albion Street

The events will be open to the public between 10am and 1pm.


We would love it if everyone can promote the event. Posters and social media images can be resourced by contacting [email protected]. Alternatively, you can share the images and event links on Taranaki Suicide Prevention’s social media pages.


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25 Aug

Keeping strong and healthy during lockdown

Update from Taranaki's Community Strength and Balance Coordinator

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Well here we are back at Level 4, with little warning this time.  While there are some things out of your control right now, there is much you can do safely in your bubble to keep yourselves and your loved ones healthy and strong. This is by no means a complete list, there are many other things that you will know help you feel positive, that lift your mood. Some days may be tougher than others. On these days its ok to not feel ok, take some gentle actions that help you and remember to focus on you, and not compare yourself to others you see out and about or on social media.

  • Connect with a friend, over the fence (at a distance), call or video call
  • Get moving, whether it's a walk outdoors, a home workout or an online class (some of our strength & balance classes are running online) before we reach level 1 or 2 when they are able to restart.
  • Catch some vitamin D - get out into the sunshine, exposing your arms, legs and face to the sun for 10-15 mins at this time of year.
  • Keep hydrated - remember to drink enough water, add lemon or ginger if you don't like plain water, or fill a jug at the start of the day and help yourself regularly during the day.
  • Do something that brings you joy - painting, reading, gardening, listening to music etc.
  • Is there something that you've been waiting to do/try around home, clear out a drawer, fix a leaky tap, learn a language online, make a new recipe?
  • Eat some nutritious kai (food), colourful fruit and vegetables may help your mood, energy and health
  • If you live with others have a movie night, a themed dinner party, a picnic on the lawn or video call/phone family to join you if you live alone.

Please find below some video links to suitable workouts you might be able to do at hime, as well as strenght & balance exercises you can try.  These exercises will help to improve your balance and leg strength.

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Link to exercises and classes



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25 Aug

Where to go for information and support during lockdown

The covid19.govt.nz website remains the central source of information, resources and updates, including:



For a list of New Plymouth District Council’s current services and how they are operating, click here



Information on Taranaki DHB’s covid testing and advice, and hospital visitor hours can be found at Taranaki DHB’s website

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Information about Tui Ora’s health services and vaccination clinics can be found at www.tuiora.co.nz or on Tui Ora’s Facebook page


Contact details for all medical services in Taranaki can be found at https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/gps-accident-urgent-medical-care/taranaki/



The Manawatu Taranaki Whanganui Police Facebook page is a good source for local updates relating to covid-19.  Police are here 24/7 to protect you and keep you safe. Call 111 if you need an immediate response.  For support or advice please ring 111 (urgent) or 105 (non-urgent).

Support is still available if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence or sexual violence

Ministry of Social Development’s services, where to go for help and support as well as information on the wage subsidy can be found on their website

Information available for businesses can also be found the business.govt.nz website





25 Aug

Delaying the onset of alcohol

Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group Project Update

Delaying the onset of alcohol: Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group project update

Nigel Latta was in New Plymouth recently to talk to parents about the importance of delaying the age at which children should start drinking alcohol.  Arranged by the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group (TAHRG), these events focused on the caregivers and whānau of intermediate age children as part of a wider project by TAHRG which is aimed at delaying the initiation of alcohol.

So what came out of holding these events?   Evaluation data received from parents showed that before the presentations:

  • the median age that they would permit their child to drink was 16.5 years.
  •  There was a strong belief by parents that you could teach children to drink responsibily by supervising their drinking at home and giving them small sips of alcohol from a young age

Findings from the post-presentation evaluation showed that:

  • the median age for permitting drinking had changed to 18, with a key message of no alcohol (not even sips) before 15 years of age. 
  • Just over half (54%) of the parents stated that they had changed their minds on when to permit their children to drink alcohol as a result of the presentation. 
  • New information gained included the impact of alcohol on brain development, and that the younger they start the more likely they are to develop a drinking problem later in life. 
  • For those parents who did not change their minds as a result of the presentation, most stated they ‘already know that it was better to delay’, or that they agreed with the information in the presentation and that it both reinforced their initial thinking and gave them strategies on how to delay onset of drinking. 


Focus groups with parents of intermediate aged children were held following the Nigel Latta presentations.  Some of the main findings from the first round of focus groups included:

  • Making changes at home, including reducing their own drinking, moving alcohol out of sight, not giving children sips of alcohol and setting new rules and boundaries with their children about alcohol
  • Parents were concerned about the wider environment that they and their children lived in that normalized drinking and how that would impact on their ability to delay onset of drinking for their young people.  This included how alcohol is marketed to young people and alcohol sponsorship in sport
  • Nigel Latta presentations had given them new information and had changed their attitudes and conversations around alcohol with their children and other parents
  • General parenting issues were raised regarding trust, knowing your child and what stage they are at with alcohol (some not interested, others are) and wanting to foster independence but also have a balance
  • Generally, parents were having a number of different conversations about alcohol with their children. 
  • Having parents ‘on the same page’ wanting to delay the on-set of drinking was a key enabler of having conversations about alcohol with your children. 


Where to from here?

  • Another round of focus groups are planned for this term, of which the focus will be identifying strategies on how to get the message of delaying on-set of alcohol out there to a wider group of caregivers and whanau throughout Taranaki.
  • The Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group will then develop and pretest agreed strategies with a wide variety of caregivers and whanau

Want to know more?  Interested in being involved?  Contact Alisha Stone, project coordinator [email protected]




25 Aug

Wellbeing Boosters

For being at home and how you can practice them

Wellbeing Boosters

for being at home and how you can practice them:

This list has been adapted from Mental Health Foundation Five Ways to Wellbeing and Getting Through Together Wellbeing tips.



Connect – Tūhono: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others is critical to boosting wellbeing.

How? Keep in touch with your friends, whānau and colleagues on the phone, through social media, video, chats, and text.

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Get moving – Kia Kori:

Regular movements and exercise release tension and stress and gives you an energy boost. There are many ways you can be active at home.

How? Take a walk or bike around your neighbourhood. Do some gardening or other jobs around the house.

YouTube has many guided exercises and workshops you can watch for free. Andy’s Wild workouts is one example that was popular on Home Learning TV.


 Give - Āwhina:

Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.

How? Think about a skill you have that you could share virtually with your whānau, offer to pick up groceries for elderly neighbours, or simply give a compliment to a loved one. If able, support our local business with online shopping options (most products will be delivered once alert levels drop). Many of our local butchers and green grocers are provided delivery during Alert Level 4.


Stick to a routine – Whai Mahere:

It will help you get through each day and adjust to regular life when alert levels drop. A routine will also make it easier to maintain balance between working at home and being present for those in your bubble.

How? Try to stick to your usual daily routine as much as possible. Get yourself ready for work at your usual time. Wake your children have them ready for the day at usual school/day-care drop-off times.

If working from home, end your working day by shutting down your workspace.


 Take notice – Me aro tonu:

Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing. Notice the things that make you feel good and do them more often!

How? Take time for your morning coffee, a walk around your neighbourhood or playing games with those in your bubble.

Try the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, grounding technique to increase your awareness of what is around you while helping decrease anxiety, stress, and unhelpful thoughts. smallsteps.co.nz is a fantastic resource for other deep breathing and mindfulness activities.

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Stay curious – Me Whai Whakaaro:

Learning new things helps focus your mind and gives you a sense of purpose.

How? Learn a language, a craft, or try mastering a tricky recipe. YouTube is a great resource for learning new things…or try the dances on Tiktok!

 Relax – Mauri Tau:

Find ways to rest, switch off and recharge.

How? Reading, mindfulness, yoga, and deep breathing are all great ways to unwind. There are many guided activities on smallsteps.co.nz, YouTube and social media.



23 Jun

The Right Tool For the Job

An investigation in Men’s Help-Seeking Behaviour within the Construction Industry

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NPiS is proud to be working with Psychologist Andy Walmsley, who recently completed his PhD in relation to suicide prevention in the construction industry.  .

Andy Walmsley completed his clinical psychology training at Massey University. He chose his Doctorate topic in order to offer practical help to address New Zealand’s high suicide rates within the construction industry. The study was undertaken to better understand construction workers help-seeking attitudes and behaviour.

587 men employed within the New Zealand construction industry from a wide range of roles took part within the study answering questions on a survey related to attitudes towards help-seeking, barriers towards accessing support, sources of stress within the workplace, perceptions of seeking help from different help-seeking sources, and different ways of helping other workers access support for mental health issues within the workplace.

In general results indicated that men held positive attitudes towards seeking help from a counsellor or psychologist. However, findings also indicated that the perceived perceptions of other men within the workplace likely create barriers for men to seek help. For example, the majority of men within the study reported that help-seeking could be perceived as a sign of weakness or failure by other men on the worksite. Stoic attitudes towards mental health were also identified as a barrier towards seeking help. For example, perception that men are supposed to be strong, self-reliant, and not display vulnerability were all identified as barriers towards accessing help for mental health issues.

Findings from the study indicated that men who strongly subscribed to masculine gender roles (e.g. men who placed higher value on not displaying emotions, not talking about mental health issues, and being self-reliant) had higher levels of mental distress. Andy says that one of the challenges of trying to support men who strongly subscribe to traditional masculine gender roles, is they are less likely to talk to co-workers or supervisors about mental health conditions or display any signs of distress. Andy says one approach to increase help-seeking among men who strongly subscribe to masculine gender roles is to increase opportunities for men to have conversations about mental health within the workplace.

The study explored men’s perceptions of seeking help from different help-seeking sources. Results from the study indicated that there was an openness among men within the study to access support via workshops. Workshops can be used to address myths surrounding mental distress, provide information on the prevalence of mental health conditions, and educate men on the different types of support services available. Compared to psychology and counselling services which take place off-site within the therapist office, workshops can be delivered within the work environment. One of the advantages of having regular workshops within the work environment is they provide an opportunity for large groups of men to learn and talk about mental health; challenging the stereotype that mental health is never talked about amongst men within the work environment.

Long working hours and work pressure were the most frequently reported stressors among men within the study. These findings highlight the need for organisations to take a proactive approach towards supporting workers mental health within the workplace. Andy says proactive steps could include having realistic schedules for workers, policies to protect workers from overworking, and ensuring managers have the knowledge and skills to support staff that are displaying signs of fatigue.

Poor communication and conflict with managers were identified as a source of stress among men within the study. Andy says its possible construction managers have the most influence on a worker’s productivity, work quality, and wellbeing within the workplace. Yet, for many men within the study it seemed as though this relationship was strained. One way to improve this relationship is to provide additional support to site managers. Site managers experience stress from all sides of the industry. They bear the stress from having to deal with clients and line managers, and they also bear the stress of managing large groups of workers on the construction site. Because of the contagious nature of emotions, when a manager is overstressed, this can set the tone for the rest of the work site. These findings highlight the need for specific training and support to be directed towards managers, which could include education on communicating effectively, stress management, and strategies for dealing with difficult personalities.

Lack of information within the workplace on how to access support for mental health issues was identified as a barrier. Having accessible information on where and how to access mental health services can provide a clear direction for someone who is struggling with mental health. If help-seeking seek pathways are not visible within work environments not only does this reduce the likelihood of men seeking help, but it also reinforces the view that problems with mental health don’t exist, and as a result is rarely spoken about.  

The study explored different ways that men could help other men seek help for mental health issues on the construction site. Results from the study supported the view that men do have the capacity to help other men within the work environment to seek help for mental health issues. The majority of men within the study identified positive strategies to support work colleagues to access mental health support. Men with lived experiences of mental distress were also ‘open’ to discussing the benefits of talking based therapies with other men. These findings highlight the need for more platform to be developed for men to have conversations about mental health within the workplace. Having a social network that supports help-seeking and rewards conversations about mental health is a key step towards improving the mental health culture of the construction industry.


Contact Andy Walmsley – 021 02697566



23 Jun

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

As we age our risk of having a fall increases. There are many factors which may contribute to this; from your eyesight, ear health, medication, muscle & bone strength and more.

Check your falls risk here  https://www.livestronger.org.nz/home/i-am-over-65/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-falling/

To increase your strength and balance there are some home exercises or community classes across Taranaki which are designed to be safe, fun and effective at improving your strength & balance:

There are some fabulous community strength and balance classes happening throughout Taranaki that anyone can participate in.   One such example is Tai Chi, which we profile below:

Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.


Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.

Gentle Movements

Tai Chi and Qigong can be practiced by literally anyone of any ability, capability, health, weight, fitness level and/or age. The movements suit people who are recovering from injury, as they offer little impact, no jarring and can be performed as gently as needed. In times of recovery the physical body (and mind!) is in a state of stress, resources from the body are pooled to healing. As a low stress exercise, it is useful to use Tai Chi and Qigong in injury recovery as a way to approach exercise again, in a safe, slow and controlled way. It gives injured people a sense of achievement to be able to do something for themselves and helps with their recovery. Whether lying down, sitting, standing, it is possible to perform some level of gentle movement.

For more information, please go to   http://www.taichiqigong.co.nz/

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General information about community strength and balance, and a comprehensive list of the variety of classes on offer in Taranaki can be found here:




22 Jun


Road code and road safety for new drivers


In June 2016, Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) and ACC launched the DRIVE website and application. It is an online learning tool developed to help young people become safe, skilled and capable drivers. Drive is primarily designed for individuals to use on their journey through the Graduated Driver Licensing System (GDLS), right through from pre learner to full licence.

Despite significant reductions in youth road casualties since 2009, 16-24-year olds are still over-represented in crash statistics with the first 6-12 months after getting a restricted license being the riskiest time for young drivers.

Drive is intended to be inclusive and available to all young people aged between 16 and 24.

On the 16th of June this year, Riley McGregor (ACC Injury Prevention Partner) attended the Ready2Drive expo held at Sacred Heart Girls College in conjunction Roadsafe Taranaki to introduce the girls to DRIVE.

The day consisted of eight groups engaging in different activities to do with road safety. During the DRIVE component the girls participated in a true or false questions about the road code and driving behaviours, group discussion about tricky situations their family and friends may put them in, and were signed up to the DRIVE app where they could participate in online training.

If you currently have a young person learning to drive, visit www.drive.govt.nz to learn more – it helps not only the person learning, but also the person teaching them to drive.

ü  Drive is a free website and learning tool designed to help young people become confident/capable and safe drivers

ü  Drive has lots of hints and tips to help take the stress out of teaching someone to drive

ü  Drive is full of helpful tools and content that will make learning the road rules, and learning to drive easy and fun for your young driver.

ü  Designed by the government and driving experts so you know the information is right.


22 Jun

Alcohol and Our Kids

Nigel Latta visits New Plymouth

The evidence is clear: although it might seem that introducing your kids to alcohol at home at a young age is a good idea - the science disagrees.  

Nigel Latta was in New Plymouth recently to talk to parents about the importance of delaying their children’s initiation of alcohol.  Arranged by the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group (TAHRG), these events focused on the caregivers and whānau of intermediate age children.  This was part of a wider project by TAHRG which is aimed at delaying the initiation of alcohol.

‘’People have this idea, I’ll give my kid a beer at home or I’ll give them a sip of wine at home, so they can learn to drink properly, but that’s condoning it,’’ Latta said.

Some of the key messages of Nigel’s presentation included:

  • Kids under the age of 15 shouldn’t touch alcohol – caregivers and whānau need to delay the onset of alcohol for as long as possible.
  • Research shows that delaying the onset of alcohol means that young people are less likely to have problems with alcohol later.  
  • We know more now about the impact of alcohol on the developing brain – science shows that the single most important thing is to delay.  
  • We cannot place enough importance on an open and trusting relationship with our children – this is also a strong protective factor.
  • It’s important to think about the modelling of alcohol to our kids.  They need to be around adults who aren’t drinking alcohol all the time, and that the primary method of relieving stress isn’t drinking alcohol.
  • We need to talk to our kids about why it’s important to delay alcohol and that how the alcohol industry is targeting them as future drinkers of their products.
  • As a society we don’t think enough about the cancer risk of alcohol – alcohol is a carcinogen.

 “So, do not make alcohol the centre of everything and demonstrate responsible drinking to show them there are other ways of dealing with stress other than using alcohol. It’s on us how we model those behaviours and if kids are regularly seeing you drunk that’s a bad thing.’’

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The Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction group are following on from the success of these events by holding focus groups with groups of caregivers and whānau, to co-design key messages and strategies about delaying the initiation of alcohol.  The group then plans to expand this project by working with schools and their communities Taranaki wide. 

Want to know more about this project?  Contact Alisha Stone, TAHRG Coordinator [email protected]


29 Apr

Hopewalk Taranaki 12 hour keep moving challenge

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On Saturday 22nd May 2021, Katie Tahere from Hopewalk Taranaki, Joseph Parker-Smith from Hopewalk Manawatū and Amber Lee from Hopewalk Christchurch will be each doing a 12hr keep moving challenge from 7am until 7pm. This is to raise awareness for mental health and suicide, and to raise funds for I AM HOPE charity (donations also accepted at https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/hopewalk-12hr-challenge).

Katie will be walking for 12 hours at Tasman Prospect Park with support from Taranaki R.A.T.S (Riders Against Teen Suicide) and Tui Ora. There will be a few activities taking place during the day, including motorbike displays, live music from local youth, games. Motorbikes are welcome to enter for $5 each and the public is asked to vote throughout the day with a koha. The bike with the most votes will be presented with a trophy that has been donated by Taranaki R.A.T.S. There will spot prizes given out throughout the day so don’t forget to wear your gumboots!

If anyone else would like to be involved in supporting this event, please contact Katie 021 299 9098 or https://www.facebook.com/Hope-Walk-New-Plymouth-Taranaki-2203734583187083.


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23 Apr


ACC challenges New Zealanders to have a "hmm"



ACC has launched an injury prevention initiative called Preventable which lays down a wero (challenge) to all New Zealanders to stop and take a moment to assess the risks at home, work and play.

By taking a moment to prevent injury, we can keep doing the things we love and keep from harming those who are important to us.

ACC accepts two million injury claims every year, which equates to more than 5,000 injury claims every day in Aotearoa. These claims cost more than $4 billion annually.  These injuries have a substantial impact on hauora (wellbeing) in Aotearoa.

Isaac Carlson, the Head of Injury Prevention at ACC, says Preventable aims to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders by decreasing the number of injuries and reducing the severity of injuries.

Carlson says the research shows it is estimated that 90 percent of injuries aren’t random, unconnected or unpredictable – they are predictable and therefore preventable.

“It’s important to take a moment to think about what they are about to do and think about what could go wrong to prevent injury.”

The Preventable communications are running on television, radio (especially around the busy weekend period), cinema and online.

Every year ACC invests around $80 million into Injury Prevention to support the wellbeing of Kiwis by reducing the number and severity of injuries. ‘Preventable’ will be part of this activity and support traditional injury prevention programmes like Ride Forever, Life Stronger for Longer, SportSmart,etc.

For more information; check out ACC's website or contact Riley McGregor, ACC's Injury Prevention Partner for the Taranaki/Whanganui region.



23 Apr

Osteoporosis - Know your bones

An update from Taranaki's Community Strength and Balance Coordinator

Your skeleton has 206 bones, itis a living tissue which is completely replaced every 8-10 years. In NZ there are 3000 + fractures each year and over 50% are people who have previously broken a bone.

In the first 3 decades of life, bone formation exceeds bone resorption (Modelling) A lack of bone health in those under 25 years (approx. peak bone mass) may decrease bone health by 13 years.

In the next 2 decades, bone is maintained and formation = resorption (Remodelling)

From 50+ years resorption exceeds formation


What can be done to ensure good bone health?

There are risk factors you cannot control such as your age and who your parents are, however there are lifestyle modifications that can preserve bone health.

  • Know your Bones,
  • Know your own risk factors for osteoporosis.
  • Have a bone health assessment -  if you have risk factors or if you have broken a bone as a result of a fall.
  • Prevent falls – Regularly work on improving yourStrength & Balance-Perform regular weight bearing exercise, ideally 30 mins of weight bearing physical activity every day
  • Maintain a healthy weight, being underweight can increase fracture risk significantly
  • Eat a balanced and nutritious diet with adequate calcium intake
  • Avoid negative lifestyle factors, do not smoke, avoid excess alcohol
  • Have adequate sun exposure safely, sunlight is the best course of Vitamin D
  • Minimise impact, hip protectors and soft floor in high risk people 

Exercises you can do to keep your bones strong include:

  • Being physically active is vital to keep muscles and bones strongExercises help maintain bone density and strengthenleg muscles to maintain balance and prevent falls
  • The most effective type of exercise to do to maintain bone density are  weight-bearing exercises where muscles move against gravity
  • 30 mins of weight bearing physical activity is recommended each day – this can be done in smaller chunks of time eg 3 lots of 10 mins.  
  • These can be weight bearing exercises where you are on your feet and bear your own weight eg brisk walking, jogging, dancing etc or resistance strength training which becomes more challenging over time eg lifting weights or using gym equipment.

Note -Swimming and cycling are both great forms of exercises and good for muscle strength however they are not considered weight bearing.

If you have low bone desnity then it may be advised to avoid high intensity, jerky exercises or any movement that includes forward flexion eg toe reaches or crunches as this can increase the risk of spinal fracture


Key Messages for people aged over 65 years

  • This is the time for sustaining mobility and independence
  • Preventing muscle wasting is important as it lowers the risk of falls and the resulting injuries including fragility fractures.
  • Particpate in local Community Strength & Balance classes or do your own programme of exercises at home.  
  • It is essential that osteoporosis  is diagnosed and treated to prevent you becoming one of the 3000 + people in NZ each year who suffer a devasting hip fracture.
  • Hip fractures can cause premature death, loss of function and independence.

Encourage friends/family/work colleagues to visit the website and complete the Know Your Bones Quiz. Lets start the conversation in whanau. Ask your parents or grandparents if they have osteoporosis. If you are older with osteoporosis, let you family know and get them to do the quiz to get their own risk factors.

If there is osteoporosis in your family, you may be more at risk – so do what you can now to improve your future bone health.

Visit http://www.bones.org.nz/ for more information or to complete the quiz

If you are looking for a community strength and balance class or are interested in more individual support to improve your strength & balance discuss this with your GP or contact Hilary at Sport Taranaki on 021480180 or http://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/ 







23 Apr

Alcohol and Your Kids

A seminar with Nigel Latta

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as this is a ticket only event. Get your free ticket today at www.eventspronto.co.nz/npis 

#ourkidsandalcohol #nigellatta

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25 Feb

Free Driver Training

Roadsafe Taranaki

Free Practical Driving Course

  • Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March 2021 
  • Between 9am-4pm. Sessions approximately 2 hours
  • A&P Showgrounds, Flint Road, Stratford
  • Call or text 027 279 2662 or email [email protected] to book your spot

Click on the images below for more information - book your spot today!

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25 Feb

Shiny Side Up 2021 - New Plymouth

The Shiny Side Up Talk Series visited Taranaki again this year after a couple of years away from the region. This was extremely fortunate as five other events had to be cancelled due to the February COVID-19 lockdown.

This year’s event was held at the Plymouth Hotel in New Plymouth on Tuesday the 23rd of February where over 100 people attended from around the community.

Dr Hamish Mackie spoke on motorcycling behaviors, Bret Tkacs Zoomed in from the United States and discussed the importance of braking skills. Brittany Morrow (otherwise known as the Queen of the Road Rash) was another speaker who Zoomed in from the US, she is a motorcycle crash survivor who promoted how Gear Saves Lives. The final speaker was Andrew Stroud, a professional motorcyclist who spoke about his experiences touring the world and his relationship with The Britten.

During the event, the audience was encouraged to sign up for a Ride Forever course. These a practical courses run with qualified motorcycle instructors for people of all ages and abilities. The course is valued at over $300, but with an ACC subsidy, only costs the rider either $20 or $50 dependent on the level.

57 people signed up to attend a Ride Forever course during the event with three lucky people winning an MTA Goodie Bag and one winner getting a Shiny Side Up Hoodie.

Fingers crossed Shiny Side Up returns to Taranaki next year!











25 Feb

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

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Do you worry about falling?

Do you use your hands to get out of a chair?

Have you stopped doing activities you enjoy because you are worried about falling?

Have you slipped, tripped or fallen in the last 12 months?


If you answered YES to any of the questions above you might benefit from a Community Strength & Balance class. There are classes across Taranaki for all levels and activities.  These approved classes are safe, fun and effective at improving your Strength & Balance.  There are Tai Chi, circuit classes, movement to music, yoga and more to choose from and many offer a first class free so you can try more than one to find the best one for you.

If you are unable to attend a class or prefer to exercise at home you could check out Nymbl.

Nymbl is an app being trialled by ACC to improve your strength & balance using dual tasking activities. It is a free app you can access here..

Each day you get a new activity to try, which includes a physical and mental challenge simultaneously, eg standing on your toes while answering questions about the photos you see on the screen.

In December their trial showed there were over 12000 users who had completed more than 135000 workouts between them. Nymbl can be accessed using a smartphone, a desktop computer or tablet.

46% of those using Nymbl have had significant and meaningful progress with their balance.


For more information about classes or Nymbl please contact Hilary Blackstock at Sport Taranaki 06 7593030, 021480180 [email protected]



23 Feb

Free Driver Training

Roadsafe Taranaki

Click on either of the fliers below for more information.  Book your spot today!


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23 Feb

Introducing Taranaki's new Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Sam Mahy



My name is Sam Mahy and I recently started in the role of Kaiakiaki Ora (Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordinator) within the Oranga Hapori (Public Health) team at Tui Ora. I live with my partner and our three children in New Plymouth. I graduated as a social worker from WITT in 2012 and have been employed with Tui Ora ever since. I have experience working with rangatahi and in the field of community mental health and addictions.

My role as Kaiakiaki Ora is to help implement the Taranaki Action Plan by increasing community awareness, co-ordinating training and education, and supporting communities to design their own initiatives to reduce self-harm and suicide.  I work alongside other services and professionals that contribute to suicide prevention and postvention across Taranaki.

If you would like to know more about Kaiakiaki Ora, Oranga Hapori or how we can work with you, please get in touch.

Nga mihi nui,

Sam Mahy

Tui Ora, 36 Maratahu Street, Westown, New Plymouth

Phone: 06-759-4064


Email: [email protected]


27 Nov

2020 Apprentice Safety Challenge

Local Construction Apprentices showed again their enthusiasm for the cause at the annual Apprentice Safey Challenge, organised by Taranaki Construciton Safety Group and BeSafe Taranaki.

Held in October, this day long event had 12 teams of apprentices attend from a variety of local construction firms.  Teams had to attend each of the set activities throuought the day, which included; first aid, photography, road, trailer and vehicle safety, chainsaw safety, asbestos, mental wellbeing, communication, water safety, hazard id, and fire satey.

New Plymouth Injury Safe facilitated the mental wellbeing activity.  Teams were assessed on their interaction on aspects including signs of stress and mental distress in everyday life as well as the construcion industry.  Attendees also discussed how to support others and ways to build mental wellbeing into daily life.

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Team activities were followed by a quick fire quiz, after which the overall winners were announced.  The trophy was awarded to Todd Energy (Team HSE & All that good stuff).  Second place was Clelands (Team Green Army), and Whitaker Civil Engineering Ltd (Team Wintaker) secured third place.  Congratulations!

The additional sponsors / support partners were: Bunnings, Carters, Methanex, Ministry of Social Development, Mitre 1, Placemakers, Port Taranaki, Taranaki Rugby, TimberCo, Venture Taranaki, Whitaker Civil Engineering Ltd, Wood Training and Worley.

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27 Nov

Healthy Living Forum

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Big crowds braved wild weather to attend the recent Healthy Living Forum co hosted by Sport Taranaki, New Plymouth Injury Safe and New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust..

Speakers included Dietitian Niamh O'Sullivan, Pharamacist Kelsi Freer, Physiotherapist Rachel Brook and Geriatrician Dr Jennifer James. The irrepresible Hilary Blackstock (Sport Taranaki & PlayFit with Hils & Personalised Health Coach) kept the blood flowing between speakers with a range of fun exercises. Thanks also to Lance Girling-Butcher for opening the event up on the right note.


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Some of the take home messages included:

  • Niamh O Sullivan – Dietician - food is to be enjoyed but with a little focus on key nutritious food such as fruit, vegetables, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts & seeds they can fuel their bodies to feel good and live their lives to the fullest.
  • Kelsi Freer - Pharmacist - get to know your medicines and don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Rachel Brook – Physiotherapist - Exercise has so many benefits at every age. The beneifts of exercise far outweigh not moving.  Move it or lose it - every little bit counts.  Get to know your medicines, and don't be afraid to ask questions at the pharmacy
  • Jennifer James – Geriatrician (GP) - exercise regularly! and talk with their doctors about only getting tests that they truly need


Another main theme woven through the event was the importance of keeping healthy, active and strong to prevent falls.  Need more information on how to build simple and effective ways to maintain good strength and balance into your daily life?  Contact Hilary Blackstock at Sport Taranaki for more information.  A list of fun, effective and affordable Community Strength and Balance classes near you can be found here at the Community Strength and Balance section of Sport Taranaki's website.

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23 Nov

Taranaki's White Ribbon Month

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Taranaki Safe Families Trust are again leading the way when it comes to promoting messages to stop violence against women. 

The White Ribbon campaign celebrates men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy realtionships within families and encouragtes men to challenge each other on abusive attitudes and beahviour.    White Ribbons are worn on November 25th to viaually demonstrate the wearer does not condone, and will not remain silent abut violence against women. 

This year, Taranaki Safe Families Trust have run a month-long campaign using a variety of innovative approaches to promote whole of community support for these messages.

30 Days/ 30 Men/ 30 Messages - 30 local men have had the opportunity to say for themselves what the White Ribbon message means, what respectful relationships are all about and how to be a great role model.  Click on the picture below to hear what New Plymouth's Mayor Neil Holdom has to say.


30 Days/ 30 Locations/ 1 White Ribbon - this has involved profiling groups of local organisations and businesses who are advocates of the white ribbon message.  Check out New Plymouth Injury Safe below!


TSFT White Ribbon Photo Competition 2020- Promoting Good Men - members of the community were invited to submit entries of men in their lives who are examples of supportive male role models.  Below is the winning entry, click on the link to for more information about this beautiful picture.


This poster is full of signatures from local men who have taken the pledge to 'never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women'.   Click on the poster to see the names of men you know.


The annual Waitara White Ribbon poker run was another popular event held this month.

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Thank you again to Dane Haskell and the team at Taranaki Safe Families Trust for your energy and passion towards such an important cause






23 Nov

New Regional Injury Prevention Partner for ACC

Tēnā Koutou NPiS Whānau,

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My name is Riley McGregor and at the end of October I began in the role of Regional Injury Prevention Partner for the Taranaki and Whanganui region for ACC, attempting to fill the very big shoes left by Kath Forde.

I have spent much of my life in New Plymouth, completing all my schooling here before attending University in Wellington. Following this I spent time in Europe before returning to New Plymouth and starting my family.

My partner Danielle and I have three children, a five-year-old, three-year-old and a one year old, so life is fairly busy.

Prior to taking up this role, I worked for ACC for two years - initially as Serious Injury Service Coordinator and then as a Recovery Coordinator.

I am also a qualified primary school teacher having worked at Woodleigh School for five-and-a-half years teaching Year 2, 3 and 4 students.

I look forward to working with all the local community groups and collaborations to improve the lives of our people.

My contact details are:

[email protected]

06 759 0705

29 Sep

World Suicide Prevention Day

Update from Taranaki's Suicide Prevention Coordinator



Every year on 10 September it is Suicide Prevention Day. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to highlight the need to work together to support bereaved whānau and communities.

In order to protect our whakapapa and abide by COVID-19 regulations we wanted to raise awareness virtually. This year the Taranaki Suicide Prevention Group and Tui Ora collaborated to creat wellbeing posters that were shared on social media. (https://www.facebook.com/TuiOraTaranaki)

Every day a post featured a different uplifing theme, inspirational quote or information for whānau who would like to seek more help.


Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall released the annual provisional suicide statistics in August 2020, which shows the provisional suicide rate is at its lowest in three years.

In the year to 30 June 2020, 654 people died by suicide, compared to 685 the year before – a decrease of 31 deaths. For more stats https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/assets/Suicide/2020-Annual-Provisional-Suicide-Statistics.pdf

It’s ok to ask for help. If you need support please reach out to any of the helplines.

  • Need to talk? – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 www.depression.org
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 or text 234
  • Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or text 8691
  • Taranaki District Health Board Crisis Team – 0508 277 478




25 Sep

Kidsafe Taranaki welcomes Hokipera Ruakere as Coordinator

Kidsafe Taranaki is proud to announce the appointment of its new coordinator, Hokipera Ruakere.  We are excited to have a wahine with such talent, passion and expertise join our roopu.

With active connections to Taranaki Te Atiawa, Nga Ruahinerangi and Ngati Mutunga, Hokipera is a key partiicpant within the kapu korero roopu of Taranaki.  Hokipera also brings her extensive background in broadcasting, radio and television and as an event/kaupapa MC.

Hokipera has previously represented Kidsafe Taranaki by successfully linking key messages around child falls prevention into Te Ao Maori for Taranaki DHB’s Hapū Wānanga programme, in particular how Papatuanuku is the safest place for pepe.  As Kidsafe Taranaki’s Hapū Wānanga facilitator, she  subsequently been engaged by Safekids Aotearoa as a Maori advisor in the development of Te reo Maori online resources. In addition she has contributed to the promotion of kaupapa Māori injury prevention messages.


Kidsafe Taranaki is a charitable trust formed to reduce unintentional injuries to children/tamariki in Taranaki.   Local child injury data is used to plan and coordinate community projects on priority issues. This includes collaborating with other stakeholders to deliver a variety of child/tamariki falls prevention projects and supporting the correct usage of child restraints through delivering free car seat clinics throughout Taranaki.  For further information check out Kidsafe Taranaki’s Facebook page, or contact Hokipera on [email protected]


24 Sep

High Alert Website

An early warning system for dangerous drugs

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Since its launch 3 months ago, an early warning system to help reduce drug harm is being successfully used to raise awareness about dangerous drugs in the community. 

The aim of the High Alert website is to help identify where drug harm is occurring, provide evidence and understanding of outbreaks of harm and can in some cases anticipate potential harm.  Its purpose is also to be a central point for all drug related data. 

Notifications since the launch of the website have provided an early warning system of incidents that have the potential to cause drug harm.  The first notification was issued when a synthetic cathinone was detected for the first time in New Zealand.  A second notification was released when a synthetic cannabinoid was detected that was similar to the one responsible for the majority of synthetic cannabinoid deaths in 2017-18.  A further notification was issued after there was an increase of fake Xanax bar tablets which included a sample that possibly contained a type of benzodiazepine which was implicated in a number of deaths in Scotland.  A recent alert was related to the detection of a specific compound present which was related to the majority of synthetic cannabinoid deaths in 2017-19.

This new website is run by the Drug Information and Alert New Zealand (DIANZ) team, who have been actively monitoring drug trends in New Zealand, including the impact of COVID-19.     Richard Taylor from the Mental Health and Addiction Directorate supports this health approach to drug harm:

“Following the disruptions caused by COVID-19 both locally and internationally, it’s never been more important to ensure frontline health professionals, NGOs and the drug using community have access to information about any immediate or future risk for use of new, potent or contaminated drugs and any new or emerging trends in harm from drugs. I have no doubt that this initiative will save lives”

The point of difference with this website is it is intended for use not only by health professionals, but also the drug using community in order to minimise harm if users experienced any unexpected or concerning effects, which will be confidential and not used to pursue prosecution.

Alerts are on the website exist alongside information and specific harm reduction advice.      People are encouraged to visit the website to access information and support the potential of High Alert to prevent harm.


For more information, please go to:





24 Sep

Nymbl App

Living free from falls



Smartphones now have the ability to help improve your balance, reduce your risk of falling and prevent injuries, all from your home!  Nymbl, an innovative free app which ACC and Live Stronger for longer are currently trialling for older New Zealanders, is now available to download onto your smartphone or tablet.

Research shows that most falls happen when we are distracted - something the Nymbl app can easily help with..  Nymbl is already used overseas by thousands of people wanting to improve their balance in their own homes, ACC note that it’s not only effective in reducing falls, but it can also improve your balance by 30%. 

The app is designed to make you use your mind and body at the same time, by completing easy games or trivia questions while doing simple balance movements.  It requires only as much physical effort as you want to put in. 

ACC have partnered with Nymbl to bring this technology to New Zealand, as they want to help people improve their balance and live falls tree;

Often older people say they've experienced a 'loss of balance' going about their daily lives or doing certain tasks. Simple body movements can help to improve your ability to feel that loss of balance, and help you to react to it, and then how to recover your balance.

The ease of use of Nymbl has clear benefits:

  • Use the app in the comfort and privacy of your home
  • Simple body movements take just 10 minutes a day
  • Its body movements you do every day
  • You don’t need any special equipment, just comfortable clothing and flat shoes, such as running shoes or trainers
  • All you need is a smartphone or tablet

Instructions on how to register for Nymbl to access this free ACC service can be found on the Live Stronger for Longer website  and ACC website



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29 Jul

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

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Community Strength & Balance classes are all back up and running now after the COVID lockdown. All Level 1 precautions are in place - there is hand  sanitiser available and as usual practice, attendance is recorded which is useful for contact tracing.

 To find a class near you, click the link below or give me a call to chat about which class would be most suitable for you.


 There are many aspects to keeping fit, these include

  -Cardio (your huff & puff)

  -Strength (your muscles’ ability to apply force)

  -Agility (move quickly and accurately)

  -Balance (control your body's position)

  -Coordination (control your body to move)

  -Power (move force quickly)

  -Flexibility (range of motion of a joint)

  -Speed (how fast you move)

Community classes focus mainly on improving Strength & Balance to remain upright and independent. They will also assist in improving all the other elements of fitness as well as your confidence to move. These classes with the tick are approved as safe, fun and effective at boosting these elements of fitness in a friendly, social environment.  

 If you would like some support to improve your strength & balance, chat to your GP or nurse or pop along to your nearest class.

As well as the immediate benefits, being more active can help you sleep better, improve your mood, confidence and self esteem, increase your energy and improve some blood measures.

It can also help decrease depression, anxiety, dementia, heart disease and some other illnesses.

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23 Jul

One for the Road Taranaki

Update from Roadsafe Taranaki

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Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs continues to be a serious issue in Taranaki.  For example, 73 recidivist drink drivers were convicted in Taranaki in 12 months (May 2019 - April 2020).  The good news is that there are services available locally to support individuals wanting to address this significant community safety issue.

One for the Road Taranaki is a free education programme for those with drink (or drug) driving offences or a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reading of more than twice the legal limit.   It aims to help individuals make better decisions about drinking and driving.

With a success rate of over 75%, the programme involves clients attending an initial assessment and then a 20 hour programme over 4-5 days.   After the group, support is offered to clients.

The programme looks at:

  • Behaviour change
  • Possible consequences of decisions
  • Finding and understanding what triggers drinking/decision to drive
  • Provides strategies to overcome these triggers
  • Links with local qualified social worker who will provide support during the programme
  • Allows follow up sessions with social workers to help support individuals one on one



Individuals can self refer, and referrals can also come from the Police, Court, lawyers, NZTA, alcohol and other drug services or whanau/family.  There is no cost to participants thanks to funding from Roadsafe Taranaki.


Programme Location - YMCA Cnr Pendarves and Liardet Street, New Plymouth.

The next NP programme starts on 9th September.  Transport is available for those that cannot get to the venue.


To find out more information, or to book in for the One for the Road Programme, please contact:

Programme Facilitators - Harmony Trust

Email: [email protected]

Phone or Text: 021 183 9759

Freephone: 0800 183 975







23 Jul

Rural Wellbeing

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This is the advice from farmer Chris Biddles, who is fronting Farmstrong’s new campaign, partnered by ACC.  Chris wants farmers like him to take time out to chat to friends and family about any worries they have.  He says it can go a long way to helping with wellbeing while on the farm.  

Although the agricultural industry is the country's biggest export earner, it is also one of the most high-risk sectors for injuries.  Fifty-eight percent of recently injured farmers linked their accident to stress caused by the job, with a quarter of those saying it was a major factor, according to new ACC-funded research for Farmstrong.   Chris Biddles’ life was turned upside down when his 500kg farm bike flipped while he was riding it on his Northland farm.  Biddles blamed exhaustion for the incident; ‘"I was really tired and because of that I made a dumb decision. That's the danger of fatigue. You do something you wouldn't normally do."    

The research identified exhaustion and lack of sleep as being all too common factors in farm accidents. It also found the general stresses of farm life, being isolated from family and friends and being unable to take breaks contributed to accidents.  Farmstrong, a rural wellbeing initiative, focuses on sharing farmer-to farmer tips about the importance of self-care factors including getting enough sleep, eating right and getting exercise to help avoid stress.  Check out Farmstong’s website and Facebook page for more information, and ACC’s article about the initiative here.



Supporting our local rural sector

NPiS works alongside Taranaki Rural Support Trust as one of our core partner agencies; and we are proud to support the important work they do locally with our Taranaki rural community.  For more about Taranaki Rural Support Trust, please see below.

Taranaki Rural Support Trust: Fostering and supporting the wellbeing of all Taranaki Rural People

When circumstances beyond your control lead to a climatic, financial, environmental or personal crisis, the Taranaki Rural Support Trust is ready to help.   

Our members are rural people who have faced the challenges that rural life brings. Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's coordinator, and contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.

Phone 0800 787 254

Taranaki Rural Support Website

Taranaki Rural Support Facebook page




23 Jul

Alcohol in pregnancy: warning labels now to be included on alcohol products

New Zealand has recently set a precedent for the rest of the world, by agreeing to have a strong pregnancy health warning on all alcohol products.  

In July, Australian health ministers and New Zealand’s Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor voted in favour of the best practice warning label which includes a specific pictogram accompanied by a warning text.   Alcohol companies have three years to implement the changes, which requires manufacturers to include this specific label on the back of every bottle.  For more information, click here.


O’Connor recently advised that hundreds of babies are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).  The Ministry of Health estimates that between 3 and 5 percent of school aged children are affected by FASD; so this means that 30,000 children and young people may have some degree of the disorder.  Caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, FASD can result in intellectual and behavioural issues, as well as irreversible damage to the brain and body; "There's now conclusive scientific evidence that says it does affect the foetus and it does affect children born with lifetime consequences."

The move has been met with scepticism from some in the alcohol industry, claiming there is already a voluntary labelling system, concerns about the cost of introducing labels and whether labels are an effective strategy, and believe more needs to come other sources instead such as healthcare providers.  

NPiS applauds the move and would like to thank agencies including Alcohol Healthwatch for continuing to advocate for this change.  Dr Nicki Jackson from Alcohol Healthwatch points out the that move has been a long time coming, with their agency first campaigning for the warning labels two decades ago; "It's been 20 years and it's been 20 years of families living with FASD and struggling and continuously struggling, so this win is really for them and for future families growing up in New Zealand and Australia.”

Read more about this journey and the recent successful outcome in July from sources including the Beehive, Alcohol Healthwatch, Radio New Zealand and TVNZ 1.

Nicki Jackson also wishes to recognise and honour the many people that have struggled, and continue to struggle, with the lifelong disability of FASD.   The Sunday programme on TV1 Recently had a special feature on FASD, click on the picture below to watch.

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NPiS was one of an extensive list of agencies which supported this ground-breaking decision by signing the open letter encouraging Ministers to vote for the best practice label.  Alcohol warning labels are just one part of an overall strategy that agencies such as NPiS and Alcohol Healthwatch will continue to advocate towards reducing alcohol related harm in our communities

21 May

Alcohol and COVID-19

The lockdown period was an interesting and challenging time in different ways.  And now we can take time to think about decisions that were made around the provision of alcohol, and what that then tells us about New Zealand’s relationship with alcohol.   Below, we reflect on three recently released findings from health experts.

Alcohol as an ‘essential product’ during lockdown

New Zealand’s alert level 4 gives us some insights into what was considered by the government as an essential item, and what was not.   Professor Sally Caswell pointed out in her recent commentary that despite the fact that alcohol consumption can make COVID-19 symptoms worse, alcohol was sold as a permitted item during alert level 4.      Even though alcohol and beer continued to be available for sale through supermarkets, access to spirits and ready-to-drink premixed alcohol beverages were also permitted to be sold online during lockdown. Rules changed from permitting online only businesses, then extended to other businesses.  Ms Caswell points out that this increased potential availability to from around 250 online only businesses, to around 1000 physical bottle shops.  The other factor was that social media was consistently used to promote the online sale of alcohol.

Does this permission to sell alcohol during alert level 4, over other products which were deemed non-essential, help to further promote alcohol as an ordinary commodity?  As Professor Caswell suggests, are commercial interests being favoured over public health?   She notes that alcohol is anything but an ordinary commodity as almost half of alcohol is consumed as heavy and binge drinking.    Several agencies and community leaders were also concerned not only about these online sales, but what this message then promotes about our attitude towards alcohol in New Zealand.   Alcohol Healthwatch was one of many agencies and individuals which assisted in promoting David (Rāwiri) Ratu’s petition before parliament to stop the online sales of alcohol during COVID-19 lockdown. 

Check out Sally Caswell’s informative article here.

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The link between alcohol and cancer

Sally Caswell is not the only expert in this field who is actively working to promote the fact that alcohol is a risk factor not only for COVID-19, but many other conditions, including cancer.   Professor Doug Sellman, spokesman for Alcohol Action NZ, is also advocating for an increased awareness of the negative health impacts of alcohol, including the little-known fact to many that alcohol causes cancer.  

Sellman’s key facts about alcohol and cancer include:

-          The World Health Organisation lists alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen (an agent that directly causes cancer);

-          The seven best documented alcohol-related cancers are: mouth, throat, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.

-          There are about 250 alcohol-related cancer deaths per year in New Zealand;

-          The most common alcohol-related cause of death in New Zealand women is breast cancer and a third of these occur in women who drink less than 2 drinks a day on average.

Professor Doug Sellman, refers us to latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs recently released research in Canada which showed:

  1. Health warnings on alcoholic beverage containers, including that alcohol causes cancer, brings about a reduction in consumption of alcohol;
  2. These health warnings bring about an increase in knowledge by the public about health risks associated with alcohol; and
  3. The alcohol industry does its best to suppress such research.

Professor Sellman believes the alcohol industry should be warning its customers of the risk of cancer from consuming its product, and also believes that it is highly unlikely that the alcohol industry will voluntarily warn its customers about this.  

Read more from Professor Sellman here



Alcohol use during lockdown

Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency commissioned Nielsen to undertake an online survey to look at the impact of level 4 conditions on people’s consumption of alcohol.   This survey was initiated due to widespread concerns about the availability of alcohol during lockdown.  

The results show good and bad news in terms of drinking during lockdown.  One third of respondents said they were drinking less than before, and almost half are drinking at the same levels.  One in five however, reported drinking more than usual during the level 4 lockdown, with increased drinking more prevalent among 25 to 49 year olds.   The main reasons given for an increase in drinking were to help relax or switch off. 

Te Hiringa Hauora General Manager Policy, Research and Advice Cath Edmondson also reflected on those mixed results with caution; “But more concerning is that 1 in 5, or around 20%, are drinking more, and this is pretty consistent across ethnic groups. We are concerned that this is likely to include people who were already drinking at hazardous levels before lockdown started.”

Some of us are also drinking more often, with 19% of those who drank in the last week drinking daily, compared to 11% pre-lockdown.  This type of daily drinking is particularly high for pākehā drinkers.    Added into this is that of our COVID-19 high risk groups - 1 in 3 older drinkers (aged 65+), or 33 %, are drinking daily compared with 26% prior to lockdown.    The reasons for this given were boredom, relaxation and stress relief.  

Read more about the survey results here.

The SHORE and Whariki Research Centre of Massey University are also completing an in-depth survey on alcohol use during COVID-19.  Go here to participate in the survey.

21 May

Guidance for businesses and WorkSafe’s approach

Update from WorkSafe Taranaki

Moving to Alert Level 2 has brought many more businesses back to work. All businesses are expected to have controls in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community remains, though the move to Alert Level 2 reflects the risk is lower. This means it’s safer to do a range of work activities, including having customers on premises and having some workers return to the office.

At Alert Level 2, our focus is on whether PCBUs (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) are meeting public health requirements for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission at work and will continue to focus on whether they’re meeting their HSWA (Health and Safety at Work Act 2015) requirements too.

We will continue to update the guidance on our website on what our Alert Level 2 approach looks like. This is a rapidly changing situation, so we would encourage you to regularly review the following sites for updates as well as any sector organisation you belong to. Many sector groups have guidance specific to their industry, which have usually been discussed with WorkSafe and can save you a lot of work trying to make up your own controls.

https://worksafe.govt.nz/                                                  https://covid19.govt.nz/

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Proactive calling programme

Our proactive calling programme is continuing in Alert Level 2. We're touching base across many businesses to make sure they've got up-to-date information and controls in place. Please do not be surprised if you receive a call.




21 May

Stormbirds programme for children

Update from Taranaki's Seasons for Growth Programme Coordinators

Stormbirds is a 4 week small group programme offered for 5-16 year olds and facilitated by trained and police vetted volunteer facilitators.     It is usually offered in communities, following widespread natural disasters, like earthquakes, floods and bushfires.    

It is also suitable for children following a pandemic.  The aim is to validate the participants’ experiences of the pandemic, and give them space to talk, particularly about losses and major family changes that have arisen consequently or subsequently, and to explore the feelings they have, associated with these things.  The programme also helps them to review their supports.  

For further information about the Stormbirds programme, visit www.goodgrief.org.au or for a copy of the flier, click here.




Next term, or even late this term, we will continue to run our grief and loss support and education programme. Seasons for Growth, which is a 9 week programme, run in the same small peer group format.  There is also further information on this programme on the Good Grief website.  We offer this at many schools throughout Taranaki, so parents can find out from school principals, whether they are planning to run a group soon.    

Please also contact the Seasons For Growth Coordinators with any queries or to refer a child:

  • Sharon Albrechtsen – South Taranaki – 027 534 6067
  • Tania Hanlon – Central Taranaki & Waitara – 027 8010 633
  • Judy Wood – New Plymouth, Bell Block  and Okato – 027 7033 769

21 May

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

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Welcome to Level 2!

While many businesses have begun to reopen, there are a lot of new guidelines to follow to ensure social distancing, contact tracing and other health and safety measures are in place to keep our community safe.

Fitness centres, pools and studios are beginning to open for those looking for indoor activity options. At this stage Community Strength & Balance classes remain closed, these may start to open after Queen’s Birthday on 1 June or when we move into Level 1.  Information is regularly updated on the Community Strength and Balance page on Sport Taranaki’s website https://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/

There are many ways to keep active and improve your strength and balance outdoors or in your own home. The websites below are great resources for getting more safe, fun and effective activity in your day.    

Healthy for Life – a strength and balance exercise programme is now available on TVNZ on Demand:  https://www.livestronger.org.nz/home/exercise-at-home/resources-to-exercise-safely-at-home//

The lower limb strength exercises below are another idea to help maintain good strength and balance at home. Click on the pictures to access a range of exercises.


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If you or someone you know would like to be more active and reap the rewards activity and strength brings please contact our Sport Taranaki Green Prescription team. You can reach us on 0800 ACTIVE (22 84 83) or jump on our website www.sporttaranaki.org.nz and find the Green Prescription page under Active Health.



6 Apr

Keeping fit and strong during the lockdown

Community Strength and Balance Coordinator Update

With the lockdown in full swing in New Zealand for all but essential services, the way we keep healthy, fit, strong and well may have changed.  Sport Taranaki have put together some resources online for you, ‘Active Anywhere’ to work on at home no matter your age or stage (the link is also below).

Here are five general tips you can try at home to stay active and well.

  •  Get time outside each day. It can be a walk around your neighbourhood, out to your letterbox or just standing at your door.  Breathe in the fresh air, let the sun touch your skin for a short time.  Being outside, especially in nature, can help to reduce anxiety and depression, boost your Vitamin D and may help raise your energy level and mood.  
  • Move often, our bodies are designed to move. Many of our organs need movement to work at their best. Whatever your level of fitness, make it something you enjoy. If you enjoy a walking or biking, you can still head out and do this in your area. If you enjoy gardening, this is still available at home.
  • If group exercise is what you are used to, put on your favourite music and try having a dance in your home. If you enjoyed weights at the gym, find something of a suitable weight and recreate some of those exercises. Remember to check out the Active Anywhere page, these have all been checked by our staff as safe and fun activities.
  • Connect with others. Meaningful relationships have proven to be a great indicator for good health and longevity. Make time each day to chat (in person, over the phone or via video) to someone who is important to you. If you feel comfortable, talk about how you are both feeling, or just have a good old belly laugh – it’s good for the soul.
  • Calm time. You may be confined to your home and those in your bubble more than you are used to. This can provide many great opportunities to bond, and have fun - but it may also mean you need some time out. Communicate with those in your bubble so everyone knows it is ok to have some quiet time alone. 
  • Get puffed. - If you are used to getting puffed in your workouts, continue to do this most days. It might not be for as long as you are used to, but a quick stint of shadow boxing, push ups, star jumps or a game of tag in your bubble will raise your heart rate and breathing. You can repeat this more than once a day 


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Tips for Older Adults

  • Be active every day in some way
  • Do something you are familiar with or feel safe doing. If you have been attending Strength & Balance classes - try some of the movements you remember or get in touch with us
  • Combine your activity (like your walk) with connection (waving out to your neighbours)
  •  It’s definitely ok to use support for exercises as you need them
  • See the Sport Taranaki website for more ideas




Tips For Children

  • Offer challenges to kids who like to have targets
  • Keep it fun. Games can be great like tag, follow the leader, Simon says, or bingo
  • Allow them to take the lead and choose a game or movement for you to follow
  • Be active each day in some way
  • See the Sport Taranaki website for more ideas


If you would like any further support please contact Hilary Blackstock at [email protected], (021) 480 180



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You can still get active while fighting COVID-19! Just make sure you don't "pop your bubble" when you stretch your legs for a bit of exercise.


6 Apr

No room for complacency in fight against COVID-19

Update from Taranaki Civil Defence



As we approach our first two weeks in isolation under Alert Level 4 of our nation’s response to the threat of COVID-19, there are a few things to remember.

To date 14 cases have been identified in our region, and all have been found to have a connection to overseas travel.  We have been fortunate to not yet see a community or cluster outbreak in our region, but every time any of us breaks the rules of the Alert Level 4 lockdown, we heighten the risk of that happening here, and undoing the efforts of so many.

What we know is that the virus is more harmful to older members of our community, but the number of people with the virus is highest for those in their 20s. Nobody is immune, and nobody can afford to drop their guard. It remains critically important that every single member of our community remains vigilant, so please communicate to your whanau, network and communities to reiterate the importance of staying the course.

It will become increasingly important to check in on those in our networks – friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and anyone we help or connect with in our daily lives. Pick up the phone, write a note and drop it in a letterbox, or communicate with one of the online tools.

In particular we ask you to ensure others are aware of the official channels to receive information on COVID-19. We know not everyone is on social media or has access to the internet so it’s important we reach out to those people too, and warn them of the types of scams and misinformation which can occur. Remember that scams and misinformation may arrive in the form of an email, text, phone call or through social media, and often target our most vulnerable community members. For tips and information on what to look out for visit https://www.cert.govt.nz/individuals/alerts/attackers-using-covid-19-themed-scams-updated-alert/

You will be seeing many messages calling for kindness at this time. As part of the network supporting many wonderful causes throughout our community, you are perfectly positioned to be ambassadors of kindness and connection as Level 4 progresses.

Thank you.

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Here's what we all need to do during Alert Level 4:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Stay at home as much as you can.
  • If you do leave home, stay in your neighbourhood, and only go out by yourself or with the people you live with.
  • Keep a 2 metre distance from people who are not part of your bubble.
  • Only drive to get essential supplies, such as groceries or visiting the pharmacy.
  • Look out for those around you. Kindness is needed at this time.
  • The most up to date information on COVID-19 is on www.covid19.govt.nz.


Other great resources recommended by Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management:

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6 Apr

Staying safe at home during lockdown

The current lockdown period is being seen by many of us as an ideal time to catch up on those jobs around the home, including DIY and gardening jobs.   We are also looking for ways to relax, and for some of us this includes alcohol consumption.   



Keeping gardening and DIY activity safe during lockdown

Did you know that the most dangerous place in New Zealand is in and around the home?   ACC's 2018 stats show that there were over 1 million injuries, with DIY and gardening accounting for 90,000 claims alone.     With more of us than ever now housebound due to COVID-19, we need to think about how to minimise the risk of injury and harm.
An orthopaedic surgeon is also asking DIY-ers to be mindful about safety during the lockdown and avoid preventable injury; "While being stuck at home for four weeks might seem like the perfect opportunity to get to those 'outstanding jobs', Dr Tim Love fears they might lead to a deluge of avoidable accidents flooding emergency rooms."

ACC's tips for keeping safe while catching up on those home jobs include:

  • use all the safety gear you normally would, such as closed shoes and protective eyewear
  • keep in mind that children might be around more than normal. Make sure someone is still supervising the kids, and keep tools and sharp objects out of reach
  • if you're getting up on a ladder, make sure it's angled correctly and on a firm surface.  Keep three points of contact on ladders (eg two feet and a hand)
  • using this time to paint the deck or re-finish furniture? Make sure you're keeping paints, sprays, chemicals and solvents with the lids on when you're not using them, and they're not within kids' reach.

 For more tips and links from ACC, click here


Consider levels of alcohol consumption during lockdown

Calls from health professionals for us to consider the level of alcohol we are drinking and its effects during lockdown are emerging rapidly both locally and nationwide.

For example, Delany and Thomson from the University of Otago suggest that alcohol sales should be cut and prices raised to help avoid pressure on the health system; "One way to reduce the stresses is to reduce injuries. A common thread for injuries is alcohol use, another is avoidable home accidents."  This is due to the need to immediately reduce other stresses on our health system so that their facilities are available to help cater for the effects of COVID-19.

Other health professionals convey similar concerns and agree that people are looking to alcohol to help during this challenging period.  Whilst acknowledging why people who are stressed do tend to drink more alcohol, a recent article in the NZ Herald also explores what else happens when we drink more.

Their recommendations for safer drinking during this time include:

  • Don't stock up on alcohol as the more you have in the house, the more likely you are to drink. Also consider that an increased access to alcohol in a household also increases the risk of young people drinking.
  • Monitor your drinking. This includes new 'lockdown trends' such as virtual happy hours.
  • Try to stay within the recommended safer drinking guidelines - a reputable source is the Health Promotion Agency's low risk drinking guidelines.
  • Monitor your thinking. It's easy to think: "What does it matter if I have an extra one or two?" but any changes to your drinking habits could potentially become a future drinking pattern
  • Consider how else you can help manage stress without alcohol - examples they discuss are exercise, diet and sleep, and building pleasant activities into your day.

Consider what impact increasing your alcohol consumption might have on anyone else in your bubble, especially if you have children.  What message will that give them?

For more advice and support around alcohol use and drinking guidelines, the alcohol.org.nz website and the Alcohol Drug Helpline are two good starting points.


6 Apr

Looking after our mental wellbeing during the lockdown

When we look back to this time last month, its hard to believe we are now in a stage-4 lockdown due to a world-wide pandemic.   Things are very different, life-changing and for many of us, very scary.    It's totally understandable to at times feel somewhat overwhelved/overit/grumpy/frustrated/stressed.

More than ever, it is important to prioritise the mental wellbeing of ourselves and those we are close to.  This includes our loved ones in our bubble, as well as connecting with those outside of our bubbles - social distancing should not equal social isolation.

It is also easy to get overwhelmed with the mass amounts of information on televison and social media.  Make a plan for how much you want to look at daily and from which sources.  Below are some links to some well trusted sources.


You can find plenty of  top tips from the experts at the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.  Here's a summary of what we found on their website:

  • You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential
  • Find ways to connect with others - whether it is through phone calls, having a video catch up, and reaching out to neighbours 
  • Find ways to take notice - take some time out, breathe in fresh air, get oustide and feel the sun on your skin
  • Find ways to be active - this doesn't have to be an organised activity - check out Sport Taranaki's website for some fun and easy ways to keep your body moving every day
  • Find ways to give - give compliments and tell others what help you can offer - maybe its picking up some groceries for your neighbour when you do your shop?
  • Find ways to keep learning - now is a great time to look into something you've always wanted to know more about.  Or ask your tamariki to teach you something they learnt at school!
  • Spend time with nature -  if you can't get outside as much as you'd like to, open some windows and evern bring some nature indoors, such as a plant
  • Keep taking your medication - if is important to continue taking your regular medication, phone or email your GP for advice.  If you're getting help with your mental health, continue this if possible.
  • Use the helplines - they are here to help - https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines/

The Mental Health Foundation also have more answers to commonly asked questions including

All Right? - a newly launched initiative in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation, will be supporting people to bcome more aware of their mental health and wellbeing, and to take steps to improve it.  They will be sharing some practical ways people can stay 'entertained, occupied and active – be it individually, or for the family or flat'.   Be sure to check them out via their website or Facebook page.                                                                                                              









Protect our Whakapapa against COVID-19

"Come here during the COVID-19 lockdown to wānanga, whakamoemiti, & whakawhanaunga". www.protectourwhakapapa.co.nz is a website for facts, resources & services for your whānau.  Check out their Rauemi/Resources page for plenty of useful tips for whanau.

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#CatchYourself: Respect your bubble - their campaign if full of practical tips for handling 'trouble in your bubble' - to respect our bubbles and maintain healthy relationships within our homes. 

















Other videos and tips from NZ experts

Both Nathan Wallis and Nigel Latta have been posting effective tips and videos on their social media channels.  They have some informative, reassuring and practical advice for all sorts of lockdown situations; including those living at home on their own, to busier households with young and/or older children and teenagers.

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Other useful websites to enhance mental wellbeing:












21 Feb

Fire ban in place for Taranaki



All fires are now prohibited in Taranaki.  A prohibited fire season means no fires are permitted, as the fire danger is now too high.  All fire permits are now cancelled.

So what does this mean?   No fires are permitted unless it is an approved fire type (for cooking purposes).  Not sure?  The fire ban status can check at any time.   Check at www.checkitsalright.nz to see which fires are allowed



Once the fire ban lifts and restrictions are no longer in place, Fire and Emergency NZ want you to know there are things we should always consider to ensure a fire does not get out of hand:

  •  Wind speed.  The stronger it blows, the quicker a fire can spread
  • Tree branches, tents and buildings.  Keep you fire well away from anything that can catch fire.
  • Smouldering embers.  Make sure your fire really is out.  The bigger the fire, the more you need to check.
  • Using machinery and equipment when it's hot dry and/or windy.  Fires can start from the smallest spark.
  • Changing weather patterns and fire behaviour - respond to the conditions before lighting a fire.
  • Create safety zones around your house to act as a barrier against fire
  • Keep your lawn mown, your gutters and roof clear of debris and choose fire-resistant plants

For more info, go to checkitsalright.co.nz



19 Feb

Safer Internet Day


The internet is an amazing source of information and way to interact socially, but it’s vital to remember it can also present very real dangers, including online fraud, scams, bullying and abuse.

The 11th of February marked World Safter Internet Day.  Netsafe’s Safer Internet Day NZ website has a suite of resources to help you have conversations with friends and family, including online safety conversation starters for parents, our top 5 online safety tips and more.  Netsafe even got our Prime Minister talking on this topical issue!


Netsafe also released the full Ngā taiohi matihiko o Aotearoa – New Zealand Kids Online study on World Safer Internet Day.  Their research identified that a quarter of New Zealand kids were ‘bothered or upset by something they experienced online, and parents were the most common port of call’.  So if you're feeling concerened, you're not alone.  The good news is that Netsafe is here to help with advice.

As well as Netsafe, other agencies including New Zealand Police Manager's Guild as well as Sticks and Stones have useful guides on how to stay internet safe.   Check out these other two useful resources - click on the pictures for more information.  Share them with your family and friends and lets keep the internet a safe and happy place!





19 Feb

Water safety tips

Summer’s well and truly here, and we are all are heading to the water to cool off.   Unfortunately there has been a high number of drownings this season, so we cannot afford to be complacent.

For example, recent statistics from Water Safety NZ showed that over the last five years, there have been 45 preventable drowning fatalities in February:

  • 14 swimmers
  • 10 accidental immersions
  • 8 underwater (free diving, snorkelling, scuba)
  • 8 boating

We are lucky to have so many different types of water environments, but that means different risks for different situations.  Think of rips at the beach compared to potential hazards in a river.  What can we remember to do when we are heading to the water?   Water Safety NZ offer plenty of useful tips for different situations around the water.  Their overall message however is simply conveyed through their image below:



 Here's some more water safety ideas from ACC:

  • if you don't know how to swim or you're feeling unsure in the water, take a lesson
  • discuss water safety as a family ahead of the holidays
  • if you're going on holiday with small children, check properties for water hazards and make sure pool gates and latches are in good working order
  • make sure children are constantly supervised by an adult when they're swimming
  • always choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the flags. Encourage adults to keep children within arm's reach as beaches and surf are ever-changing
  • use life jackets for everyone, not just kids, if you’re in a boat.


The good news is that several agencies are joining forces to promote water safety messages during the summer months.  For example, as part of their water safety campaign, ACC profile a story from their Chief Customer Officer who shares how her sister fell of a bank into a river.  Luckily for them it was a positive outcome, however the learnings remain; ‘Trapped underwater, she remembers banging two rocks together in a desperate cry for help. Luckily, one of the dads at the picnic saw the fall and jumped in to save her. But the story has stayed with the family as a reminder of just how quickly things can turn ugly around water.'

Check out Emma’s story here and how ACC are helping kids to learn water skills for life. 





6 Dec

Crash scene investigator promotes benefits of Ride Forever

Ride Forever NZ

Ride Forever in partnership with the NZ Police have launched a new testimonial video, aimed at encouraging motorcycle riders to improve their on-road skills by signing up and completing a Ride Forever course.     

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The story

The focus of this testimonial is Peter Sowter, an experienced motorcyclist and member of the Serious Crash Unit (SCU) in the NZ Police. Peter has investigated crashes for twenty years.  He’s come to learn that in 70% of fatal motorcycle crashes, rider error was involved. Many of these crashes could have been prevented if riders had better on-road skills; the best way to get these skills is with Ride Forever.

Show your support for Ride Forever

The new testimonial is now live on the Ride Forever Facebook page: Peter Sowter Testimonial

This has been complemented with an article on the ACC Newsroom: https://www.acc.co.nz/newsroom/stories/what-do-you-learn-from-1000-motorcycle-crashes/


News Coverage

If you happened to miss the interview on TV3 with Peter last night, here is a link to the article: Newshub article




6 Dec

State of the Nation 2019

A stocktake of how New Zealand is dealing with the issue of drugs

While we are doing well in some areas, in others there is significant room for improvement - the the overall impression provided by the New Zealand Drug Foundation about how New Zealand is dealing with alcohol and other drugs.

NZDF recently released their annual report.  Key findings included

  • New Zealand still has high rates of alcohol and other drug use. 
  • Whilst the rates of death from synthetic cannaboids has decreased, new synthetic substances appear on the market frequently.
  • The use of methamphetamine across the populaiton remains low at 0.7% but some communities continue to suffer huge amounts of harm from its use.
  • Alcohol remains that drug that causes the most harm.  Most people in New Zealand drink alcohol, with 20% of us drinking it hazardously.    Alcohol is more available and cheaper than ever - with 2 mins being the time it takes for the average person to earn enough money to buy a standard drink of cask wine.  Alcohol is by far the main substance of concern in the treatment service and the costs of lost productivity from employees is costing NZ 1.65 billion a year..
  • More people are smoking cannabis, a rise of 12% up form 9% five years ago.
  • Use of other drugs such as MDMA (esctacy) is on the rise.
  • Alcohol and drug use are a big problem on our roads, with increases in drug driving charges.
  • Funding for treatment has not kept up with demand, but harm reduction services are expanding, such as festival drug testing.
  • NZDF would like to see a 'massive overhaul of our outdated drug laws'.  The mention next year's cannabis referndum as a great opportunity.  

 This report is an excellent summary of NZ's current situation relating to drug use.  Click here for the report, or visit NZDF's website.



29 Nov

Kidsafe Taranaki Car Seat Clinics

Christmas/New Year closures

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26 Nov

White Ribbon Week Taranaki 2019


‘Challenge the unspoken rules’ is the focus of 2019’s White Ribbon Campaign.   Taranaki Safe Families Trust Coordinator Dane Haskell has been promoting this powerful message during White Ribbon week in November.  Dane talks about these unspoken rules being;  “the expectations that boys and young men inherit from society, based on outdated ideas of what a man is, how he acts, and how he should express himself.  Even if we don’t agree with them, these rules still exist silently in the background for too many – rules like ‘be the man, ‘toughen up’ and ‘boys don’t cry”.   

 This year’s campaign focus on challenging these unhelpful unspoken rules, and promoting healthy masculinity as an alternative.

 In New Zealand, most violence towards women takes place in the home.  1 in 3 NZ women will experience some sort of physical violence or sexual abuse from a partner in their lifetime. 

 Dane has been working hard on bringing some fantastic events to Taranaki as part of White Ribbon Week, including a motorbike run in several places in Taranaki, and an expo in the Hawera Town Square.  You have also most likely seen the amazing large white ribbon displays outside venues including Plunket, NP Police Station and Fonterra.

NPiS supported the annual White Ribbon fun relay again this year, where local businesses entered teams for a fun relay to spread white ribbon awareness.  This year’s winners were – 'The MSD Fleas'.

 Thank you to Dane and Taranaki Safe Families Trust for the hard work you do towards preventing family violence in Taranaki.  For further information, please contact Dane Haskell.

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26 Nov

Meet Taranaki's new Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordinator

Ko Moehau raua ko Te Aroha ōku Maunga

Ko Tāinui tōku Waka

Ko Ōhinemuri tōku Awa

Ko Ngāti Tamaterā rāua ko Ngāti Tara Tokanui ōku Iwi

Ko Hauraki te Whenua

Ko Amber-Jade McCaskill tōku ingoa

I have been appointed the role of Suicide Prevention & Postvention Co-ordinator for the Taranaki region based at Tui Ora New Plymouth. I am a strong advocate for empowering people and communities to take control of their health and well-being. I have worked in the Health & Social Service sector for many years growing myself professionally and personally. My journey so far has taken me all over the North Island encountering many different walks of life which has driven my passion to continue on this path to helping our community and the diverse people who live within it.  

 Here at Tui Ora, I am a part of a Health Promotion Team that provides Education/Training services for companies, organisations, the community and whanau. If you need more information please email [email protected] or contact Tui Ora Reception 06-759 4064.

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26 Nov

NPiS Trustee Kath Forde selected for national award

Representatives from NPiS recently attended the Safe Communities Foundation’s National Forum, where long-standing NPiS Trustee Kath Forde was chosen for the 2019 national Carolyn Coggan Safe Community Award.    Kath has been instrumental in not only the formation of NPiS, but also its continued success. NPiS would like to express their gratitude to Kath for her commitment, expertise, advocacy and enthusiasm for NPiS over the many years.  Thank you Kath, we are so proud to have you as part of NPiS.  Below is a copy of the speech that Safe Communities Foundation gave when announcing this national award for Kath:


 The Carolyn Coggan Safe Community Award is to recognise outstanding leadership and support for SCFNZ and Safe Communities at a National level and is not restricted to a person who has direct involvement with a local community or provider.

 This person has decades of experience in injury prevention. They are a passionate advocate for communities not only just those that they work in but is often the voice of community to central government. A founding member and advocate of their local Safe community they have been involved since the early 2000s. 

 This year, it is our great pleasure to present the Carolyn Coggan Safe Community Award to Kath Forde, ACC Community Region Injury Prevention Partner. 

This award is in recognition of Kath’s outstanding support for Safe Communities over the past 15 years. Thank you, Kath, for your leadership, raising the profile of how to improve community safety, encouraging cooperation and coordination amongst practitioners, and other key stakeholders, encouraging best practice and developing new and innovative interaction with communities. Not to mention supporting numerous initiatives in many communities and contributed to the reducing the injury burden.



24 Oct

Taranaki Apprentice Safety Challenge

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In October the annual Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event was held at the new location of WITT.  Organised by the Taranaki Construction Safety Group, this competition tests the safety knowledge and skills of trade apprentices from local trades and construction industries. 

Run by local safety groups and construction companies, the practical challenges this year were a mixture of popular as well as innovative challenges.  Activities focused on a variety of safety topics including first aid, fire safety, electrical safety, trailer safety, mobile scaffolding, impairment at work, recycling and road safety.

Once again we had a record number of 13 teams entered into this year, who were prepared to throw down the gauntlet and attempt to win the Apprentice Safety Challenge.  The winners of this year’s event were the Green Army from Clelands Construction, followed by Dialog Fitzroy (previously Fitzroy Engineering) in second place.  The third place winners were the TCM Ninjas (Taranaki Construction & Maintenance Ltd).

The winners received the Master Builders Apprentice Safety Trophy, presented by Kerry Williamson, from OMV.

2019 marks the 11th Apprentice Safety Challenge event in Taranaki.  Well done to all of the participating agencies and apprentices for another successful event.    Please contact [email protected] if would like to register your interest for 2020.

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                                      Well done to the winning teams!   Clelands Construction, Dialog Fitzroy and Taranaki Construction & Maintenance Ltd





24 Oct

Community Strength and Balance Programme

Evaluation Findings

In May this year, participants of 7 Strength & Balance classes were interviewed in focus groups about their experience as part of an Approved class. These 7 classes represented a mix of modalities, areas (rural versus urban) and included 75 individuals.    Check out the key findings in the infographic below:

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These Strength and Balance classes are now available in New Plymouth, Urenui, Waitara, Bell Block, Oakura, Opunake, Inglewood, Stratford, Eltham, Hawera, Patea & Waverley.  Classes range from $2-$5. There are options for different fitness and ability levels, classes range in modalities include Tai Chi, Strength & Balance circuit, SAYGo (Steady as you Go), Movement to Music, and Gym based classes.  For more information please visit https://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/  or contact Hilary at [email protected]

18 Oct

Enhancing Mental Wellbeing in the Construction Industry

'Be kind to yourself, and give yourself a break' was one of the key themes raised by Nigel Latta at a seminar with construction industry workers in October.  NPiS was fortunate to secure well-known Kiwi psychologist Nigel to come and talk about how to enhance mental wellbeing in the construction industry.

Nigel delivered a funny as well as very honest and challenging talk to a packed out audience of over 150 people from the local construction industry and supporting agencies.   The main themes of his talk included:

  • Examining what the causes were of the high suicide rate in the construction industry.     Issues such as the boom and bust stresses of the industry, macho culture and the 'young and old divide' were mentioned and how they impact on a diverse workforce.
  • How our brains and our bodies react when we are stressed, and how this impacts in the short and long term
  • Dont believe everything you think - sometimes under stressful situations our brains tell us stuff that isnt exactly true.
  • Look after yourself.  Be kind to yourself and give yourself a break.  Several easy strategies were suggested on how to implement this in our daily lives.
  • He challenged workpalce managers to look after your business and do what the 'All Blacks do' - have a strong culture and look after your people.

His last message was simple around reaching out to others who are struggling:


NPiS would like to thank these sponsors: Site Safe NZ, Clelands Construction, Worley NZ Limited, New Plymouth District Council, Pepper Construction, Master Builders and Bell Building for helping us make this event happen.

Nigel was the perfect catalyst for action in enhancing mental wellbeing in the construction industry.   NPiS plans to keep the momentum going and will be meeting with key stakeholders to build a framework that supports the construction industry into the future with mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.  Please contact us if you would like to know more.

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18 Oct

Taranaki Road Safety Workplace Charter


Roadsafe Taranaki is encouraging Taranaki businesses and organisations to sign up to the Taranaki Road Safety Workplace Charter.  The Charter is an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their workforce on the road.  With three levels in the Charter (Advocate, Commitment and Excellence) we are able to sit down with individual businesses and work through a one page self-assessment to see where they currently fit and how to progress through each level.  The purpose of the self-assessment is to provide a guide to what steps you can take towards improving the safety of your workforce while in a vehicle. 

The Charter is a practical way to meet health and safety legislation and supports current vehicle/driving policies already in place.  Roadsafe Taranaki is mindful of the cost to implement new policies, improve vehicle fleets and provide driver training which is why there is three levels in the Charter - so it is affordable for small and large businesses to join.  Roadsafe Taranaki held a 3 hour workshop in September for current and prospective members where speakers provided statistics, best practise examples and effective ways to improve safety at minimal cost.


For more information about the Taranaki Road Safety Workplace Charter contact Tina Watt-Atkinson (New Plymouth district) [email protected] (027 301 9494) or Marion Webby for South Taranaki /Stratford [email protected] (027 279 2662).  

26 Sep

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

Update from our local Community Strength and Balance Coordinator

Have you tried a local Community Strength and Balance class yet?


Community Strength & Balance classes are now available in many locations around Taranaki including Urenui, Waitara, Inglewood, New Plymouth, Oakura, Opunake, Stratford, Eltham, Hawera, Patea and Waverley. 

These classes are approved to be safe, fun and effective at improving your strength and balance to prevent falls. 

These classes are usually 45- 60 mins long and cost no more than $5.  They include circuit classes, Tai Chi, movement to music and more so there is something for everyone. We are always on the look out for new locations or modalities to appeal to a wider group.

Coming together in a group for movement classes has a lot of physical benefits including improved strength, balance, fitness, mobility and some health markers.  It can also be a great way to get out and meet new friends, an opportunity for social interaction and to chat with other likeminded people. Exercising and being around others can positively impact your mental health as well, improving moods and decreasing stress.

In a recent survey we asked class participants about some of the benefits they get from coming along; below are some of their responses

  • It helps me avoid feeling isolated and lonely – I look forward to my outings on Tuesdays
  • Im unable to afford a gym, this helps my health and fitness
  • My health has improved
  • Ive been coming 10 years since a green prescription for anxiety and depression. This class helped, everyone was friendly
  • It’s Fun – extends my brain
  • Helps my health and mobility so I avoid going to the hospital
  • Ive been coming since 1992, im now 92 and no one believes me, I still walk to class!
  • Great variety of options, anyone is welcome and fits in, it’s a friendly group.
  • The stadium is a large space with easy parking, for us all
  • Since coming for a few months I am now able to put my shorts etc on standing up on my own!
  • Helps to keep me strong, helps my balance too so i avoid falling
  • One gentleman who is no longer with us – said after a severe stroke that his half an hour at class was the only time he felt ‘normal’

Want to know more about the programme, and find a class near you? 

  • For a list of classes check out Sport Taranaki's page on their website
  • For more information, contact Sport Taranaki's Community Strength and Balance Coordinator HIlary Blackstock here
  • Print off the voucher below and get your first class free!




20 Sep

Every Life Matters: He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata

Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019-2029

The Government recently released their Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019–2029 (Every Life Matters) and Action Plan 2019–2024, which focuses on promoting wellbeing, responding to suicidal distress and behaviour, supporting individuals, whānau and communities after a suicide.

Every Life Matters – He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata: Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019–2029 and Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2019–2024 for Aotearoa New Zealand (Every Life Matters) describes what we aim to achieve for suicide prevention over the next 10 years. The framework consists of:

  • a vision, setting the long-term aspiration for the strategy and suicide prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • outcomes sought through the strategy to support the vision
  • focus areas, which describe actions needed to support the vision
  • collective ownership and shared ways of working that must underpin delivery of the vision.

Specific actions that will be undertaken to deliver on the strategy are outlined in the accompanying action plan.  The Government have intentionally not included targets within this plan.

The Government also announced that they intend to set up a Suicide Prevention Office to address New Zealand's historically high rate of suicide.  This is a pleasing result following the recent  release of the provisional suicide statistics last month, which showed 685 people dying in the year to July.


Other key features identified by reporter Colette Devlin include:

  • moving from a largely mental health service-based response to a community based approach and supporting people bereaved by suicide
  • identify and address gaps in suicide prevention and post-vention information and progress a national research plan
  • review the coronial investigative process
  • implement a free national suicide bereaved counselling service
  • increase wellbeing support for children and young people in places of learning
  • work with Māori and people with lived experience of suicidal behaviours to develop national guidelines for managing suicide risk to be used within DHBs and NGOs.

Check out the plan here, or this summary by Collette Devlin (via Stuff), which includes an insightful commentary by Mike King.


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20 Sep

Motorcycle rego cashback programme

More than half of all riders are now getting back on the road at this time of the year.  Motorcycles have become more popular, with a 60% increase in motorcycle travel on the road in the last 10 years.

They’re also involved in more crashes. In 2017, motorcycles were involved in 10% of crashes and 16% of road deaths despite making up only 3% of road users. So far this calendar year, 32 riders have died on the roads.


September marks the end of Motorcycle Awareness Month - but there are still some great inititiatives running to help keep motorcyclists safe on the roads.    

Motorcycle rego cashback programme

Keen to get $200 off your motorcycle rego?  Ride Forever are running a pilot where they are offering experienced riders, who are eligible, $200 cashback on their annual motorcycle registration.

  • This cashback is paid in two $100 installments over the two years.
  • You must complete two Ride Forever courses before you can apply for the cashback. These courses must either be one Silver and one Gold course, or two Gold courses.  The Ride Forever courses are an effective and affordable option for both new and experienced motorcyclists
  • Check if you're eligible and apply for your cashback today!

Other tips for riders from the Motorcycle Awareness Month Website:

Tips for drivers

  • Always look twice before changing lanes
  • Always look twice at intersections
  • Slow down behind motorcyclists
  • Check your blind spots
  • Drive to the conditions
  • Always use your indicators
  • Know that motorcycles can appear quickly
  • Motorcycle indicators don't automatically turn off. Make sure the rider is turning before pulling out



20 Sep

Effects of drinking while pregnant largely ignored

Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day 2019

Many of the audience at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) workshop at Tui Ora on 9th September wore red shoes to support awareness of this important, but often overlooked, health issue.

The room was packed to hear FASD discussed by researcher Keriata Stuart who discussed her research into Māori women drinking during pregnancy. It was often intense pressures, and social factors that led women into rationalising drinking, or unsupportive partners encouraging women to have “just one drink”.

Solutions lay in the potential for whanau support to make positive change. “We can do so much without Government, we can support each other, we can see those women in the pubs and what help they need,” she said.

Consultant Paediatrician Dr Raimond Jacquemard and Anna Currie explained the difficulties and challenges of diagnosing FASD, which often presented with very complex factors and stressed the need for good documentation and thorough information gathering ahead of referral of potential cases.

Claire Gyde discussed her experience parenting her son with FASD, an experience filled with challenges, but also with rewards.She urged people in her situation to “actively and consciously look for the magic,” when working with those with FASD. Reframing what success looked like “We put the focus now on what he can do, not what he can’t do.” All speakers agreed that with New Zealand’s drinking culture strongly entrenched, this was an issue needing more support on many levels.

At 9.09am a minute’s silence was observed to symbolise the nine months of pregnancy in which to have a healthy baby - and to reflect on those already living with FASD. The 9 September is FASD awareness day.

For more information check out Tui Ora's article here


27 Aug

Do the ShakeOut

Have you signed up yet?

New Zealand ShakeOut is happening on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 1.30pm.

ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.

ShakeOut is more than just a chance for us to practise the right action to take, it’s an opportunity for everyone to make sure they’re prepared for any emergency.

Individuals, households, schools and workplaces are encouraged to take part.

Sign up at https://getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout/sign-up/ and get ready to shakeout.  The site has plenty of resources and ideas of how to run your shakeout.

You can share your pictures of Shakeout with Civil Defence via their Facebook page #TaranakiCivilDefenceEmergencyManagement


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27 Aug

Claims of lack of action on alcohol by government

Recent media coverage in NZ about alcohol related harm has questioned why successive governments fail to take any meaningful action and have even been accused by some as turning a blind eye 'to a drug that sees thousands of Kiwis end up in jail cells, hospitals and early graves'.

The Law Commissions' 2010 report titled Alcohol In our Lives: Curbing the harm included 153 recommendations for reducing the effects of alcohol realated harm.  Several key recommendations were not implemented by the National-led government at the time, including ones related to raising the age of purchase, regulating advertising and sponsorship, raising prices, and including an excise tax.  Ten years on, and we are yet to see any meaningful action in this area also by the current government.  These concerns were discussed at Alcohol Action NZ's national seminar.  Alcohol Healthwatch executive director Nicki Jackson agrees that there is an urgent need te revisit what was recommended: "It should be abundantly clear to everyone now that the most effective way to protect communities and individuals from alcohol harm  is to increase the price of alcohol, particularly low-cost alcohol."  Read more about what the experts said on this area in the Stuff article here


In addition to this, several NZ health experts have asserted in their recent article published in the NZ Medical Journal that another government has missed an opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm.  They are referring to the current government failing to act on the key recommendation relating to alcohol in the recent inquiry into mental health and addiction.  They claim that alcohol is the drug doing the most damage to our mental health and wellbeing, and agree that we need 'bold leadership' on the areas of dismantling alcohol marketing, raising the price of alcohol and curbing alcohol sales:

"We remain hopeful that a government in the near future will show the necessary leadership to act boldly on alcohol, in similar fashion to the government which acted in the public's best interest on tobacco 30 years ago and in fact in similar fashion to this current government's recent action on guns," they said.  Read more about what was publshed in the NZ Medical Journal here

The good news is that local action is taking place to address alcohol related harm in Taranaki.  Interested in being part of the solution?  Contact the Programme Manager from NPiS for more information.

27 Aug

Agricultural Safety Challenge

Well done Waitara High School!

2019 marks the 21st year of the annual Agricultural Safety Challenge.   This year's winners were Waitara HIgh School - well done team!

This event focuses on farm safety knowledge and skills.  Teams of students participated in a number of relevant agricultural activities with the ultimate goal of winning the trophy for the year.  NPiS and Rural Support Trust ran an activity which promoted mental wellbering and unpacked the unique stressors of a rural environment.

Other practical agricultural activities included fire safety, firearms safety, livestock handling, quad bike and tractor safety.

This initiative continues to be proudly organised by a collaborative involving ACC, NPiS, Taranaki High Schools, Police, Fire Service, Rural Support Trust Taranaki and Land Based Training.  Thank you again to Francis Douglas Memorial College for hosting.

Check out the NPiS Facebook page for more pics of this year's successful event.



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27 Aug

Motorcycle Awareness Month


Motorcycle Awareness Month is back for 2019!


September is Motorcycle Awareness Month (MAM) and signals the start of the motorcycling season. Over half of all motorcyclists start to get their bikes out of the garage and onto the roads after a winter break.

September is an important time to deliver key messages to both riders and drivers, about what they can do to keep motorcyclists safe.  Messages for riders are around

  • refreshing riding skills with Ride Forever coaching
  • ensuring your gear offers you the right protection
  • checking your bike before getting back on the road.

The key message for drivers is that more bikes are back on the road, so ‘Look Twice’ at intersections and before changing lanes. We want to make all road users aware that they play a part in keeping each other safe on the road.    LOOK TWICE FOR MOTORCYCLES                                                                                                              

Check out more information on the Motorcycle Awareness Month website, including

  • Tips for riders and drivers
  • Bio's on 2019 ambassadors
  • Links to useful articles
  • Link to the Ride Forever Facebook page, where all our social media posts will be promoted.
  • LInk to MAM Facebook flier
  • Details on regional events being held around the country








19 Jul

Workplace Mental Wellbeing Survey

Win a Prezi Card!

The Mental Health Foundation aree are doing a survey of as many people as possible on their experiences of how work can impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Having good mental health & wellbeing at work is being recognised as a vital element for success. The Mental Health Foundation wants to provide workplaces with the tools to ensure work is safe, supportive, and strengthens mental wellbeing. That’s why we need to hear from workers across Aotearoa.

The greater number of responses they can get will give them a better understanding of mental health at work. The results – which will be broken down by region, industry, and job role – will inform our future planning.

With your help, they hope to find out:

  • What causes the most stress at work for different people?
  • What is the biggest impact on mental health at work?
  • How common are bullying, violence, and other negative behaviours at work?
  • What are workplaces doing to support mental health and wellbeing?

This survey is an opportunity to (anonymously) share what you think makes a great workplace, and to share any experiences – good or bad – that you’ve had

This information will be used to advocate for best practice, and to prioritise what changes may have the most positive impacts for workers in Aotearoa.

As you can imagine, a survey of this magnitude needs a bit of a time commitment from you (approximately 30-40 mins) but will help them (and hopefully others) to get a great picture of what is needed to make positive changes to workplaces. You don’t have to do this all in one hit, but are able to close out of it and come back at a later time to complete it. Your responses won’t be submitted until you click ‘DONE’ at the end of the survey. You can also opt in to win 1 of 5 $100 Prezi cards! The information you enter to go in the draw to win will not be linked to your responses to the survey, to ensure anonymity.

To access theWorkplace Mental Wellbeing survey, click here.

If you’ve any questions about this project or the survey, please contact [email protected]. If you would like to see some of our resources that are on offer, please visit our website.

All information gathered is confidential and will not be linked to any organisation or individual.

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19 Jul

Drive Go App

NZ's only official learn to drive app

Have you got the Drive Go app yet?


Learn to drive the right way and be ready to pass the restricted licence test, first time! Drive Go is New Zealand’s only official learn to drive app.

Developed for learner drivers and their coaches, Drive Go helps you learn all the driving skills you need to know to pass the restricted test and be a good driver, from starting out through to more advanced driving skills like overtaking. Drive Go can be used before you drive, in the car and after the drive.


· Short videos to show you how to learn each driving skill

· Recommendations for what skills to practise next, based on where you’re driving and what you’ve already learned

· Feedback tips to help your coach give you useful feedback on your driving

· Track what you’ve learned, what you’re doing well, what needs more practise, and what to work on next

· Track how much driving you’ve done, and in what conditions

· Learn all about what’s in the restricted test, what the common mistakes are, and how to avoid them

· Go out and practise all the things you’ll have to do in the restricted test and learn exactly what the testing officer will be looking for.

 Drive Go has been made to help you learn to drive and get your restricted licence. If you don’t have your learner’s yet visit drive.govt.nz for everything you need to get your learner licence, including free practice tests.

Drive Go is available for download now via the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android).   Drive Go is FREE to download and use and is ad-free.

19 Jul

Taranaki Home Safety and Digital Tools Workshop


Safekids Aotearoa and Kidsafe Taranaki Trust like to invite you all to our two-part Home Safety & Digital Tools workshop being held in Taranaki.

We welcome everyone interested in learning more about injury prevention from whānau, mid-wives, social workers, youth justice, social media, public health, iwi and more! In this workshop, we'll share ideas on how we can collaborate using Facebook and Instagram to share safety messages and build safer communities for our kids.

Free Admission. To register your spot and to find out more, please click here :https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/taranaki-home-safety-and-digital-tools-workshop-tickets-65617671221

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24 Jun

Taranaki Area Police Commander off to a new adventure

New Plymouth Injury Safe would like to acknowledge Taranaki Area Commander Inspector Keith Borrell, who is leaving the region for a post as New Zealand Police's liaison officer in Jakarta.  Check out the Taranaki Daily News artilcle by Deena Coster which summarises his 25 year career with the Police.  Keith has been an active member of the New Plymouth Injury Safe Trust since 2015.   We would like to thank Keith for his enthusiasm, commitment and support for NPiS kauapa over the years.  All the best for your new adventure Keith!


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     Left to right:  NPiS Trust Members Kath Forde (ACC), Keith Borrell (Police) and Alisha Stone (NPiS Programme Manager)


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 Left to right: NPiS Trust Members Karen Drysdale (Police), Keith Borrell (Police) and Alisha Stone (NPiS Safe Community Programme Manager)


21 Jun

Digital Self Harm Report released



Do you work with young people, or have teenage children?   Netsafe have recently released their first ever report into digital self-harm.  

Digital self-harm is broadly defined here as the anonymous online posting or sharing of mean or negative online content about oneself.   The findings described in this report are representative of the teenage population of New Zealand by gender, ethnicity and age.  Key findings from the report include:

  • Digital self-harm appears to be more prevalent among younger teenagers (aged 13 and 14 years old)
  • Both girls and boys have different reasons for engaging in digital self harm.  For boys, it is mainly about 'making a joke', whereas for girls, motivations included wanting to show resilience, looking for friends' sympathy, and seeking reassurance of friendship.
  • Overall, 6% of New Zealand teens have anonymously posted mean or negative content online about themselves in the past year. Among those teens who engaged in digital self-harm, most did it more than once (65%). 

The full report is worth a read and we recommend the sharing of this report with anyone who has an interest in young people.  Click here to access Netsafe's report.



21 Jun

Toolkit for Bottle Stores now available

The On-licensed Premises Toolkit, released in late 2017, has proved popular and successful.   To this effect, he Health Promotion Agency (HPA) have now released a toolkit specific to bottlle stores.

Like the On-licensed Premises Toolkit, the Toolkit for Bottle Stores brings together in one place all the alcohol documentation required by a licensee to meet their legal obligations and requirements under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA) and their off- licence.

This includes:

• An overview of legal obligations and responsibilities, aligned with The Manager’s Guide.

• Templates and forms to assist licensees in meeting these obligations (e.g. staff training register, Social Host Responsibility Implementation Plan template, CPTED checklist, certified managers register).

• Space for inclusion of other relevant documents (e.g. alcohol licence, evacuation scheme, floor plan, registration certificate).

• Links to resources and further information (e.g. store signage, intoxication assessment tool, ServeWise training).

Like the On-licensed Premises Toolkit, the Toolkit for Bottle Stores brings together in one place all the alcohol documentation required by a licensee to meet their legal obligations and requirements under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA) and their off- licence.

Please note this folder toolkit resource is only for bottle stores.

If you are a licensee and would like to order a copy, contact your local licensing inspector, Police alcohol harm prevention officer or public health officer who can deliver it to your premises. Only licensing inspectors and public health officers may order copies of the folder resource but anyone can download the PDF booklet version.

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21 Jun

Update from Taranaki Safe Families Trust

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Kia ora koutou

The Taranaki Safe Families Trust has been busy promoting the key messages of family violence prevention in our region. Over the last couple of weeks we have been pushing the kaupapa of Elder Abuse Awareness leading up to the international day of June 15th. It’s one of the forms of family violence that doesn’t get as much attention as others, however is just as important to acknowledge based on current statistics. We dedicated our monthly Access Radio show to this subject and had Sinead Thomas who is the Elder Support Coordinator for Age Concern Taranaki, as a special guest. We also visited St Andrews Palms Café pushing key messages and resources, and printed an article in the Daily News.  Check out this video!



In the next couple of months will see the establishment of the TSFT Men’s led group. The project is focused on working with individuals and communities to support positive change for men who use violence, and to address the social norms that promote and reinforce negative behaviour which allows the culture of family violence to thrive. Be happy and stay safe out there.

Nga mihi nui, Dane Haskell – Taranaki Safe Families Trust Coordinator



21 Jun

Workplace mental wellbeing a popular topic

NPiS, in collaboration with Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust and The Wheelhouse, was proud to work with the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand to bring their Working Well Training Package to Taranaki in June.
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Local workplaces and associated health, wellbeing and safety organisations were encouraged to register for this great opportunity, and register you did!   As a result of holding these two workshops, there are now 80 individuals who are now able to take the messages of workplace wellbeing back to their workplaces.

'Take home' messages from these workshops included:

  • Everyone has mental health, there is no health without mental health.
  • The goal for mental wellbeing is that people feel good and function well most of the time and have a sense of connectedness to the world around them.
  • Work has a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing.
  • The key to fostering a mentally healthy workforce is to create a workplace environment that is psychologically Safe, Supportive, and Strengthens wellbeing.

It only takes simple daily practices to embed wellbeing into the workplace.   Check out this short video about how Auckland Transport is prioritising wellbeing for their employees.

Missed out on June's workshops? The good news is that there is one in Hawera in July - register now to avoid disappointment.

Thank you to Jonathan Selu from the Mental Health Foundation for facilitating these workshops in Taranaki.  There are plans to follow on from this training to deliver additional modules that further unpack mental wellbeing in the workplace - please contact [email protected]z for more information.

Working Well is a suite of practical, evidence-based resources developed by the Mental Health Foundation to give businesses the tools they need to foster a culture that promotes positive mental health. Getting started is easy and free. Everything you need to run your own wellbeing programme is freely available to download including facilitator guides, fact sheets, worksheets and PowerPoint slides.



28 May

Child restraint checkpoints highlight need for continued installation advice

Kidsafe Taranaki Trust teamed up with local Police to complete three child restraint checkpoints.  In total, 200 car seats were checked at three separate locations.

Our key findings included some key changes since the last checkpoints were held:

  • 44.5% of car seats checked were legal and safe (a reduction since 2018)
  • 13.5% of car seats checked were illegal (a slight increase since 2018)
  • 42% were legal but the seat's safety was compromised (an increase since 2018)
  • Whilst the amount of illegal car seats rose slightly, the amount of seats which were legal but the safety compromised has increased.  This means that several car seats require adjustments to make them safer and effective in the case of a car crash.

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Main causes of non-complaince continue to be:

  • Forward facing car seats not tetheted (81%)
  • Children in seat belts only who should still be in booster seats (45%)
  • Another issue for concern was that harness straps continue to not be tight enough against the child.

This points to the need for continued promotion of Kidsafe Taranaki's car seat clinics.  These weekly clinics are a free opportunity for families to pop in with their cars to get their chlld's car seat checked.    Please share this with your networks and visit Kidsafe Taranaki's Facebook page for clinic venues and details.  



28 May

Do you worry about falling?

Are you aged over 65?

The Taranaki Local Falls Prevention Working Group are keen to promote the great community strength and balance classes available throughout Taranaki.  Do you have people in mind who would benefit from this programme?  We have copies of this flier that provides contact information for people wanting to check out a class. Please contact Alisha Stone, NPiS Manager for more information.



ACC have also released a set of short videos from class participants, who talk about the variety of benefits these classes have had on their everyday lives.

Check out their stories here:

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28 May

Taranaki has highest level of heavy drinking in New Zealand

Helen Harvey's recent article profiled the concerns of Taranaki District Health Board's Medical Officer of Health Jonathan Jarman, who says Kiwis have an "unhealthy love affair with alcohol"-  and it's worse in Taranaki.

Taranaki has the highest level of heavy drinking in New Zealand, almost twice the national average.  The region is ranked fifth when it comes to hospitalisations wholly attributable to alcohol in adults aged 15 years and older.  In Taranaki, 21.8 per cent of adults aged over 15 years indulged in episodic heavy drinking at least weekly in 2016/17. This percentage was significantly greater than the New Zealand prevalence of 11.7 per cent.

Jarman's observations included:

  • "It is not just a harmless commodity that you buy at the supermarket. It causes all sorts of problems. The most effective strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm require government regulation."
  • Alcohol related harm had an immense social cost. "As well as causing immediate harms like drink-driving fatalities and injuries, assaults and domestic violence, the regular consumption of alcohol is linked to long term harms such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, and alcohol dependence.
  • The harm from alcohol extends beyond the individual and can result in harm to others such as children (including those exposed to alcohol during pregnancy), whanau, friends, and the wider community.

Jarman joins the growing list of communty members who are concerned about the impact alcohol misuse is having on everyone's lives.  Taranaki Young People's Trust social worker and counsellor Bridget West noted the increase in harm to young people: 

  • More parents were supplying alcohol to young people, not just their own children but to their kids' friends, she said  "Instead of a couple of young people having a drink, there will be quite a mob of them at someone's home, because the parents will supply them with alcohol when their own parents won't. And kids are drinking a bit younger than they used to."

Concerned?  Want to be part of the solution?  The Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group would welcome your input - contact Alisha Stone for more informaiton and meeting details.




9 May

Working Well Workshops

Register Today!

A significant part of a person’s life is spent in their workplace environment.  A businesses' most important asset is its people, and for this reason it is important to ensure their health and wellbeing is a priority.  

New Plymouth Injury Safe, in collaboration with Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust and The Wheelhouse, is proud to be working with the Mental Health Foundation to bring the Working Well Training to Taranaki In June.

Utilising a train the trainer style format, Taranaki's workshops will provide a comprehensive suite of resources people can take back to their own organisations:  'Practical, evidence-based information and engaging activities help workplaces and their people develop a shared understanding of mental health, identify opportunities to protect and enhance mental wellbeing, and take positive action'.

We are encouraging local workplaces and associated health, wellbeing and safety organisations to register today by clicking on this link or the flier below!

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26 Apr


Have you checked out alcohol.org.nz yet?  This is the Health Promotion Agency's website which focuses on helping prevent and reduce alcohol related harm and inspire New Zealanders to make better decisions about drinking alcohol.   

Two new resources are now available:

Alcohol free area stencils - Re-usable alcohol free area stencils in two sizes are available in two sizes - a large stencil and a small stencil. These can be either painted or sprayed over to indicate alcohol-free areas.  Stencils can be ordered from the resources page. Other Alcohol free area templates available here: Alcohol Free Area Logo & Templates



Drugs in bars: a guide for licensees - The Drug Foundation have also released some new information which will be useful to licensed premises.  To download a copy visit: https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/info/drugs-in-bars  or check out 

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While you are checking out their new resources, it is well worth taking a look around their comprehensive website www.alcohol.org.nz   There is specific information for people wanting help and advice, but also relevant information and resources for groups such as workplaces, licensees, parents and young people.   For example, check out their: 





26 Apr

Working Well Workshops

Register your interest today!



A significant part of a person’s life is spent in their workplace environment.  A businesses' most important asset is its people, and businesses need to ensure their health and wellbeing is a priority.  

The Mental Health Foundation’s Working Well Guide and resources provide organisations with the tools to create a culture that enhances and protects people’s mental health. Good mental health leads to better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while improving people’s wellbeing, morale and job satisfaction.

New Plymouth Injury Safe, in collaboration with Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust and The Wheelhouse, is proud to be working with the Mental Health Foundation to bring the Working Well Training Package to Taranaki in June. 

Utilising a train the trainer style format, Taranaki's Working Well Package will be a comprehensive suite of resources people can take back to their own organisations:  'Practical, evidence-based information and engaging activities help workplaces and their people develop a shared understanding of mental health, identify opportunities to protect and enhance mental wellbeing, and take positive action'.

We are encouraging local workplaces and associated health, wellbeing and safety organisations to register their interest now for one of our June workshops by emailing [email protected]  


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26 Apr

Update from Roadsafe Taranaki

Roadsafe Taranaki held their annual advanced driving course for young drivers. Close to 100 people completed the course with 60% of those being leaner drivers.  Instructors from NZ Advanced Driver training provided participants with practical experience in emergency braking and cornering skills while other road safety partners delivered advice and demonstrations around impaired driving, restraints, driveway safety, driver attitudes, road safety and current road rules. 


28 students from 7 Taranaki secondary schools attended the annual Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) annual lower North Island conference during the April school holidays.  The students were tasked with creating promotional road safety video/podcasts to help share important safety messages to other young people. 


Friendly reminder to all Road Users:  The change of daylight saving coincides with a change of season and usually a change of weather.  Roadsafe Taranaki wants to remind everyone to take care on the roads and be patient, especially when driving in the winter.  Modern vehicles have some amazing safety features to help you avoid crashes or to help save your life if you are involved in a crash.  These vehicles can also have features that can make us lazy and less focussed when we are driving.  This includes seat warmers,  warnings to let us know if we drift out of our lane or too close to the car in front while some even tell us how cold it is so the road conditions may be icy.  However all these comforts do not take away the responsibility we have as a driver to stay vigilant, to slow down in poor weather conditions, to always put our seatbelt on and most importantly to drive to the conditions.  Too many families have already lost someone irreplaceable to them this year in a car crash.  Instead of looking at the faults of others each one of us should take a good hard look at our own driving behaviour and change that for the better – instead of treating that vehicle coming towards you as an object why not think of that vehicle as someone in your family and drive so both of you can safely arrive at your destination.


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26 Apr

Fonterra's contribution to workplace wellbeing

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26 Mar

Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures

The national 'LIve Stronger for Longer: Prevent Falls and Fractures' website is proving to be hugely popular, with several new users to the website every week, including 86 new users from New Plymouth in early March alone!    We want to further grow awareness of how to prevent falls, by promoting our fantastic local Community Strength and Balance programme to people aged over 65 in Taranaki.    Did you know that there are at least 35 classes in Taranaki alone?  Check out the list of local clases.  

Not sure what its all about?  ACC have put together a series of You Tube clips as part of their Live Stronger for Longer awareness campaign, which show examples of everyday New Zealanders loving the experience of Community Strength and Balance.  Check out ACC's Facebook page for more information.  Below are two You Tube clips of interest: 

"You go out of here a bit tired, but buzzing!" says 69 year old Russell Good. Community strength and balance classes are helping Russell keep active and independent, while living with Parkinson's.

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"There's a place for everybody here," says 82 year old Avis Garner, who's been loving the social aspect of attending community strength and balance classes. Having a yarn is just as important as doing the exercises.

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Want to know more?  Contact HIlary Blackstock, Taranaki's Community Strength and Balance Coordinator at Sport Taranaki.



26 Mar

Working Well Workshops



A significant part of a person’s life is spent in their workplace environment.  A businesses' most important asset is its people, and businesses need to ensure their health and wellbeing is a priority.  

The Mental Health Foundation’s Working Well Guide and resources provide organisations with the tools to create a culture that enhances and protects people’s mental health. Good mental health leads to better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while improving people’s wellbeing, morale and job satisfaction.

New Plymouth Injury Safe, in collaboration with Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust and The Wheelhouse, is proud to be working with the Mental Health Foundation to bring the Working Well Training Package to Taranaki in June. 

Utilising a train the trainer style format, Taranaki's Working Well Package will be a comprehensive suite of resources people can take back to their own organisations:  'Practical, evidence-based information and engaging activities help workplaces and their people develop a shared understanding of mental health, identify opportunities to protect and enhance mental wellbeing, and take positive action'.

We are encouraging local workplaces and associated health, wellbeing and safety organisations to register their interest now for one of our June workshops by emailing [email protected]  


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26 Mar

German study reveals the dangers of alcohol - even if you're not the one drinking


From fatal car accidents, to physical assaults, to drinking while  pregnant - consuming alcohol not only poses a risk to the person doing the drinking, but to those around them as well, a German study has found.  Researchers at the Munich-based Institute for Therapy Research (IFT) revealed the dangerous and sometimes deadly impact of alcohol consumption on third-party people.  

And whilst this study is based in Germany, there are clear parallels we can draw on in our situation here in New Zealand.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAS)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder  is estimated to affect up to 3,000 babies a year in New Zeland.  Two out of every five babies born each year are a result of an unplanned pregnancy (24,000 births). Approximately half of women drink alcohol in early pregnancy before they know they are pregnant, inadvertently exposing their developing baby to risk.
Fatal road accidents related to alcohol consumption

Contrary to popular opinion, people with a high blood alcohol level are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than those who have not been drinking alcohol. As the severity of crashes increases, so does the contribution of driver alcohol.  In New Zealand, for every 100 alcohol or drug-impaired drivers or riders killed in road crashes, 50 of their passengers and 19 non-alcohol impaired road users die with them.


This study further reinforces the need to consider the effect of alcohol related harm beyond the individual drinker.  Again, it points to a multi-pronged approach in addressing alcohol harm.  For Kraus (research team lead), the results of the study underscore the need for changes to prevent children and other people from being negatively impacted by someone else's alcohol consumption.

"Measures such as pricing policies or restrictions on the marketing of alcoholic beverages are unpopular," he said. "Therefore, targeted measures are needed for certain people like women of childbearing age or road users in order to reduce the harm to third parties."

An example of some local strategies which go beyond the 'individual drinker'
'Pre-testie Bestie' is part of the Government’s efforts to tackle FASD. This campaign by the Health Promotion Agency aims to reduce alcohol consumption during early pregnancy by encouraging women to stop drinking if there is any chance they could be pregnant.
In terms of alcohol consumption and driving, Police estimate that each day in New Zealand, an average of 8,764 breath tests of drivers are undertaken and 100 people are charged with drink-driving (New Zealand Police, 2010).

"The most important conclusion [of the study] is to make it clear that alcohol consumption also poses a danger to third-parties," Kraus emphasized.



26 Mar

Kidsafe Taranaki Car Seat Clinics

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27 Feb

A-OK NZ Training coming to Taranaki

Suicide Prevention Training

Have you heard of A-OK NZ?   A-OK NZ is a new approach to suicide prevention; an acronym for 'Acts of Kindness that build life-supporting communities'.. A-OK NZ is a provider of training that 'equips people to be able to have life-supporting conversations' in your workplaces, schools, organisations, sports teams, communities, and in your professional roles.   They provide a range of training to suit specific learning needs.   Click here for a description of each of the different programmes.  

A-OK NZ was formed officially in 2017 as a way to keep these workshops running. Prior to that, the facilitators of A-OK NZ had been delivering these workshops throughout the country since 2004 under Lifeline, and have evolved over the years of delivering training throughout the country.

The good news is that they are bringing their training to Taranaki!   A-OK's safeTALK training is coming to New Plymouth in March, prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.  Click below for Taranaki's training calendar.

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Want to keep in touch for more updates?  Like A-OK NZ's Facebook page, and subscribe to their newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Want to know about other opportunities for training in mental wellbeing and suicide prevention?  Check out Tui Ora's Suicide Prevention and Postvention section of their website, where training opportunities are regularly added.




27 Feb

What's in a standard drink?

Some interesting research has been recently released which confirms our lack of understanding of how much alcohol is in a standard drink.  A standard drink isn’t usually the same as a glass of wine or beer poured in a pub or at home.  Conducted by Fiftyfive5 research agency in November, this research invovled about 800 New Zealand adults.   For more information about this research, check out KIrsty Lawrence's article.

The results showed that not only were most adults not able to accurately say how many standard drinks were in a common alcohlic beverage, but also three quarters were not familiar with our national recommended healthy drinking guidelines. 

In addition, only 11 per cent were able to correctly point out that there is no set number of drinks that made driving safe.  

This research points to the need for more awareness raising; not only about what a standard drink is, but also how many is the recomended limit.

Currently,  the law requires all bottles, cans and casks of alcoholic drinks to be labelled with how many standard drinks they contain. Have you seen the image about standard drinks on the container?   An average person's liver can only break down one standard drink per hour.  


This standard drinks model forms the basis of New Zealand's low-risk drinking guidelines, of which a variety factors also impact on your level of risk, including age, gender and existing health problems.  

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Check out these great interative tools for further information:


27 Feb

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

Our Live Stronger for Longer Strength & Balance classes are all back up and running for 2019.  There have been a couple of venue changes recently due to earthquake strengthening work, so feel free to call the instructor before attending to confirm the class venue but they will be updated on the online list when we hear about them

Excitingly we now also have a couple of classes that have a waitlist as they are full!!

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This happy bunch of ladies attend a 'Move It or Lose It' class in Oakura on Wednesdays and/or Fridays in the town hall at 9:30am. The class is designed for people with moderate fitness and Gloria is able to modify exercises to suit injuries and abilities. Classes are exercise to music based, with a combination of huff n puff, circuits, strength, balance and floor work with a good dose of laughs and social fun too (there is often a group who head to a local café after class)

If you’d like to hear about other classes in the New Plymouth/Taranaki community contact Hilary on 021480180 or [email protected]  There is also a class list available at https://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/


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27 Feb

District-side Road Safety Review

NPiS recently attended one of NPDC's drop in sessions to have our say on road safety, and want to encourage the New Plymouth community to have their input into this process.  Consider what roads or intersections are you concerned about in New Plymouth.  How do you think can they be improved?  NPDC want to know what you think the challenges are.  

NPDC is currently conducting a district-wide Road Safety Review, and are keen to hear from as many of you as possible.

There are three easy ways to have your say:

* Fill in an online via their survey form, which includes a map where you can specifiy the exact location you are concerned about

* Visit one of the drop in sessions facilitated by NPDC (details below)

* Telephone NPDC on 06 759 6060

This great opportunity for feedback closes on 15th March.


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21 Dec

Summer Wellness Tips

Health Promotion Agency

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18 Dec

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

Christmas holiday break

Community Strength and Balance classes are closing over the Holidays so our wonderful leaders can have a break.  Classes kick off again during January depending on the leaders availability (some start early Jan and some are near the end).

There are plenty of ways you can work on your Strength and Balance over the holidays, here are a few ideas you can do…triple points if you get family or friends to join you (Remember to keep strong support near by like a bench or table if you need it)

  • Lower yourself into your chair slowly while counting up to 5, and the same to stand up
  • See how long you can stand on one leg (if this is easy – try closing your eyes)
  • Try walking heel to toe like you are on a tight rope, see how far you can go
  • Stand up onto your tip toes and slowly down again – repeat up to 10 times a day

Thank you for being part of our 2018 fun and success, we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

 To find out more about improving your Strength and Balance and the classes in your community visit www.livestronger.org.nz or contact Hilary at Sport Taranaki, or 021480180 after January 9th




13 Dec

Water safety tips

Just in time for summer

The hot weather has arrived - so that means lots of fun in the sun at our favourite swimming spots!  This can also mean some potentially risky situations around water.  There are a lot of fabulous initiatives which will be taking place over the summer period to remind us of easy ways to be safe in and around the water.

One such initiative is the Swim Reaper campaign, developed by Water Safey NZ (with funding support from ACC), which is designed to remind us that while it’s great to enjoy our beautiful swimming spots, making bad choices around water can have potentially deadly consequences. The Swim Reaper can be found lurking at known high risk beaches, lakes, rivers and waterways in New Zealand, looking out for young people making bad decisions.


Other tips Water Safety has for us at this time include:

  • Remove all distractions when your little ones are around water. Put the phone away and give your precious ones the attention they deserve 
  • Paddling pools can be dangerous places for toddlers. When your little ones are getting wet this summer, stay hands-on. It's more fun anyway!
  • Don't forget your legal obligations under the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 if you have a pool at home this summer - including a portable pool.
  • Out on a boat, canoe or kayak?  Wear a life jacket and carry a VHF radio when you are out on the water.
  • At the beach remember the basics:  swim between the flags, know your limitations and look out for other beach users.
  • Rivers are our deadliest aquatic environment. Rivers are changeable, unpredictable and contain hidden dangers.   Check out Water Safety NZ's advice around river safety.  


Check out this video of Water Safety NZ's CEO Jonty Mills talking about New Zealand's drowning problem and staying water safe this summer with the AM show. 




13 Dec

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

Report released

The report of the long-awaited Mental Health and Addiction inquiry was recently released and is now being considered by the government and the wider sector.  

The panel has returned its report in just under a year and the Government has released it for public discussion. It has confirmed that it is taking a considered approach and will formally respond by March next year.  Minister of Health David Clark said the inquiry was a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we handle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country".

More than 2000 people attended public meetings as the panel travelled to 26 centres throughout the country. More than 5200 submissions were made to the inquiry.

Among its recommendations are urgently implementing a national suicide prevention strategy and target, reforming the Mental Health Act, establishing a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to act as a watchdog, and reforming alcohol and drug laws.

Key recommendations a national health target to improve access to mental health services.  They also propose a wider set of services to be made available to patients: things like e-therapy, and better resourcing to have paramedics paired with police on emergency mental health callouts.

Haven't got time to read the report?  Check out this fantastic 5 minute summary of the recommendations here:


 Keen to read more?

* Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiciton - the full report

* Response from the Mental Health Foundation

* The Science Media Centre asked a variety of experts for their reaction

* Expert opinion - what it means for Maori

* New Zealand Herald's summary of the report, findings, and Q&As



13 Dec

Alcohol and Your Kids

New resource from the Health Promotion Agency

Latest research around alcohol related harm has overwhelmingly identified the importance of delaying the introduction of alcohol use for young people which reduces alcohol related harm. 

The Health Promotion Agency have just updated their 'Alcohol and Your Kids' resource.  It has key informaiton for parents including

•             How alcohol can harm a teenager’s brain and body

•             Tips for modelling low-risk drinking

•             How to have conversations about alcohol

•             What to do if things go wrong

People can download a pdf or order printed copies from here - https://www.alcohol.org.nz/resources-research/alcohol-resources/resource-publications

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28 Nov

Last Free Car Seat Clinics for 2018

Kidsafe Taranaki Trust

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27 Nov

National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference

Supported by Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures

The 2018 National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference recently held in New Plymouth provided a great opportunity for our local Live Stronger for Longer Coordinator Hilary Blackstock to profile fun strength and balance exercises.  Hilary was ably supported by Sheldon Ngatai, who delivers a fabulous Zumba Gold class which links to the 9 strength and balance criteria for evidenced-based falls prevention .  The energiser exercises interspersed throughout the conference were throroughly enjoyed by attendees; who included Kaumātua and service providers from around the country.

Interested in attending an accredited class to help improve your balance and core strength?  Visit the LIve Stronger for Longer website for more information.

 Together We Can Achieve More - Mā Te Mahi Tahi Ka Tutuki - Theme of 2018 National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference

For more information about the conference, click here.

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 Left to right: Kath Forde (ACC and NPiS Trustee), Sheldon Ngatai (Zumba Gold Instructor) and HIlary Blackstock (Sport Taranaki)

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27 Nov

White Ribbon Relay 2018

Taranaki Safe Families Trust



White Ribbon Day (November 25th) is the International Day for the Elimination of Men’s Violence Towards Women. White Ribbon aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men. Together we can make a difference and this year we’re asking men to ‘Stand Up’ by taking the online pledge and committing to take one or more actions.   The eight actions offer men choices – to listen, reflect, alter their behaviour, talk to others and disrupt negative behaviour – which build respectful behaviour that undermines violence.

NPiS supported New Plymouth's annual event - the White Ribbon Street Relay.  Held on November 23rd, 24 teams battled it out to be associated with the kaupapa of stopping Men’s violence towards Women. It was a great turn out with lots of positive energy!   Thank you to Dane Haskell and the Taranaki Safe Families Trust for organising such a fantastic event again this year.



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27 Nov

How to reduce stress this Christmas

Tips from the Mental Health Foundation

Christmas time is a fantastic and exciting time of year - but it can also easily be very stressful for many of us.  The Mental Health Foundation have released some useful info below on how we can stay on top of things and put it all into perspective this Christmas.  Check out the info below and share!


Are you expecting this Christmas to be stressful, either for you or someone you know?

More than half of all New Zealanders – 51 percent – feel added financial and social stresses during the festive season. For some of us, the pressure is on to create a magical day for our tamariki and whānau. For others, the Kirihimete period can increase loneliness and hardship, with limited access to kai, transport and other services.

Try to keep in mind that the true gift of the season is our presence, not our presents.

Giving our time, our words and our presence makes others feel great, but it also lifts our own mood and makes us feel our lives have more meaning. It’s one of our Five Ways to Wellbeing – simple things we can all do to feel great.

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Some cost-friendly ways we can give during the Kirihimete season are:

  • Taking friends or whānau to look at Christmas lights. There were 232 lit-up houses in Aotearoa last year! 
  • Spending quality time with whānau doing things you all enjoy.
  • Heading along to listen to Christmas carols.
  • Making Christmas arts and crafts. Bake seasonal treats to give away as presents, create decorations or reduce your card costs! Crafts are a great way to get tamariki involved in the festive spirit.
  • Visiting people/whānau in your community who may be a little lonely over the festive season. Rest homes and animal shelters value companionship and Christmas cheer. Random acts of kindness also do the trick, as Tokoroa woman Candace Enosa and her two daughters found!

Some ways to reduce stress for you, whānau and others around you, are:

  • Spending time in nature. Over summer the pōhutukawa blossom, the sun shines more, and the days are longer. Taking a walk through the ngahere (bush), throwing the ball around with your tamariki, going to the beach or planting vegetable seeds are some great ways to connect with taiao (the environment).
  • Buying food on special ahead of season, when prices are lower. We find buying kai early can also help manage our Christmas budgets.
  • Finding time to recharge. Thousands of Kiwis celebrated this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week by being active, learning, giving, connecting and taking notice. Our Facebook, Twitterand Instagram pages are full of tips for recharging and finding calm!

Christmas can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be.

If you ever feel Christmas pressure is affecting your or someone else’s mental health, you don’t need to keep it to yourself – call or text 1737. Their trained counsellors are always on hand to help.

Arohanui to you and your whānau,

The Mental Health Foundation team

30 Oct

Kidsafe Taranaki proud to support Hapū Wānanga initiative

Ko Rangi ko Papa ka puta te ira tangata ki te whai ao ki te ao marama.- This is the newly developed approach Kidsafe Taranaki is taking to support the new Hapū Wānanga programme. 

A Taranaki DHB initiative, Hapū Wānanga is a kaupapa Māori labour, birth and parenting programme designed for young pregnant women and their families/whānau in Taranaki.  It is an interactive and fun programme which runs over two days.  

After engaging local wahine Hokipera Ruakere Papuni, who has connection to Taranaki Te Atiawa Nga Ruahinerangi and Mutunga, the concept took shape and has been delivered to over 30 participants already.  Hokipera is linking Kidsafe's key messages around child falls prevention into Te Ao Māori – in particularly how Papatuanuku is the safest place for pepi.  More wānanga are scheduled for next year. Ka mau te wehi!

Want to know more?  Check out this link about the Hapū Wānanga programme.  For information about child falls injury prevention, contact Kidsafe Taranaki

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30 Oct

Lifekeepers Training

Missed the training? Register for the ELearning workshop


New Plymouth Injury Safe's Programme Manager Alisha Stone, is now a trained Lifekeeper!   Alisha attended the recent LIfekeepers Training here in New Plymouth, facilitated by national wellbeing organisation Le Va.

At the core of this training was the C.A.R.E model: 

  • Connect - connect with compassion
  • Ask - ask with courage
  • Respond - respond with confidence
  • Engage - engage with community supports

Other 'take home' messages from this training included:

  • Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.  "We can all learn how to spot when someone is at risk and be ready to connect with C.A.R.E."
  • Talking responsibly about suicide can help people at risk.  For example -  'it is a myth that asking about suicide might put the idea in their head to try it.  People who have felt suicidal are often relieved to be able to talk about wha tthey are experiencing.  Talking about suicide in a responsible way and not juding others can help break down stigma, and support suicidal peple to open up and seek help"
  • Responding to risk factors and enhancing protective factors helps prevent suicide.  Protective factors are characteristics or events that keep us well and and reduce the likelihood of suicide.  These include responsible media reporting, access to appropriate healthcare and education, community and social connectedness, support and connection with friends and whanau, a safe living environment, a sense of cultural identity and/or spirituality, problem solving skills and a sense of meaning and purpose in life.  Most risk factors are in essence, the opposite of these protective factors.    The Lifekeepers training also examines the warning signs as well as understanding risk,  alongside the tools on how to intervene with courage using the concepts of the C.A.R.E model detailed above.

Missed out on the training?  Register to become a Lifekeeper and you can complete the same training online as an ELearning workshop.  For details, click here 




30 Oct

1 in 3 Kiwis are hazardous drinkers

Recent research, by Massey University's school of health sciences and the University of Auckland's centre for addiction research, found that binge drinking wasn't something people grew out of with age.

Key points of interest included:

  • A third of all Kiwis are drinking to hazardous levels their entire lives.  Drinking habits people formed in their 20s continued into their 60s and 70s, increasing the risk of worsening health and death, the research showed.    "The idea that younger drinkers will eventually 'mature' out of risky drinking when they get older is wrong," research co-leader Dr Andy Towers said
  • The researchers also found that boys were much more likely to have started drinking earlier than girls, usually between 14 and 18 years of age, and those who started drinking earlier in life were much more likely to be from wealthier homes and to have parents who smoked.
  • ""These findings have implications for Kiwis of all ages. We need to be brave enough to start talking to our family and friends about their drinking, what it might be doing to their health and the health of their children, and whether we can do something about it" says Towers.

Read the full article here

Want to collaborate with others on reducing alcohol related harm?

The Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group meet regularly and would love to hear from you.  For more information, click here 


30 Oct

New motorcycling initiatives

Two excellent initiatives for motorcyclists have recently been released, so make sure you get involved or share them with someone you know who loves motorcycling.


Ride Forever training coming to New Plymouth in November - book today!

Roadsafe Motorcyle Riding Tecniques will be delivering the Ride Forever Bronze, Silver and Gold courses in New Plymouth on the weekends of the 17th & 18th of November and the 8th & 9th of December. Training starts from as little as $20 for the Bronze and $50 for the Silver and Gold courses. Enrol today and prepare yourself for lots of summer riding.

For more information, click here


World-first ratings system for motorcycle clothing launched

ACC have recently launched a world-first rating system for motorcycle clothing known as MotoCAP.  “The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Programme (MotoCAP) is the first of its kind, and will give the motorcycle community more information when they are making choices about the clothing they wear when riding,” says Motorcycle Programme Manager, David Keilty.  

MotoCAP will give clothing two separate star ratings – one for protection and one for comfort.  “Motorcycle and scooter riders have very little protection other than their helmet and their clothing when involved in a crash,” advises Keilty, who steers the Ride Forever programme, an ACC initiative aimed at reducing motorcycle crashes and injuries.     According to Mr Keilty, the development of MotoCAP means riders will now have more information about their choice of protective gear, including being able to balance the sometimes conflicting needs of personal protection and comfort.  Last year in New Zealand 45 motorcyclists lost their life on the road and 7,372 motorcyclists received treatment and support from ACC. The total cost of motorcycle-related claims was more than $94 million.

For more information, visit this link







25 Sep

New Netsafe Resources




If you haven't checked out the Netsafe website lately, it's worth taking a look!  It is packed full of user-friendly rexources and tips for everyone.

Some of my favourites just introduced on their website include:

* A text service for young people - text "Netsafe" to 4282

* An online resource centre - which has downloadable resources for students and parents.  A variety of useful tips are here; including gaming onine safely and online bullying advice

* Managing time online - info for young people

* Online tips for older Kiwis

It's a fantastic website, so take a browse and see what they have to offer.




25 Sep

Hazardous drinking prevalent in older New Zealanders

The hazardous drinking of alcohol is something most of us usually associate with young people.  New research is showing something quite different; and its related to older New Zealanders.  The team from Massey Universtiy and the University of Auckland recently surveyed more than 4000 Kiwis aged 50 and over.  The study found that 83 per cent of older New Zealanders in this sample were current drinkers, and between 35 to 40 per cent were considered ‘hazardous drinkers’.  Approximately half of males surveyed over 50 were hazardous drinkers, compared to about a quarter of females surveyed.

Massey University's article highlighted an interesting point: Research Leader Dr Towers says that in addition to providing insights for health professionals to enhance screening practice, these results also reveal a lot about the New Zealand drinking culture. “The laws that allow young adults to drink so much today were put in place by their parents and grandparents who our research shows are drinking just as hazardously. Our findings strongly suggest that risky drinking is not a ‘youth culture’ issue as it’s often made out to be; risky drinking is a ‘New Zealand culture’ issue.”

Check out the info about this study here:




Source: Massey Universityhttp://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=2757E06D-D120-49F6-89F9-6BE2DAE0C50E 

25 Sep

Local free events to promote mental wellbeing

New Plymouth and Stratford - check them out!

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25 Sep

Staying strong to prevent a fall

Are you aged over 65?  By now, you should heard about the 'Live Stronger for Longer' movement, which encourages people to help prevent serious fall injuries by taking part in an approved Community Strength and Balance class.

ACC Minister Hon. Iain Lees-Galloway recently swapped his suit for shorts and a tee to join a ‘Live Stronger for Longer’ strength and balance class. These classes help us as we age to retain lower body and core strength to avoid falls, remaining active and live confidently!




Find a class near you at https://www.livestronger.org.nz/home/find-class/find-a-class-near-you/






30 Aug

Is your home a safety zone?

NPiS attended Safekids Aotearoa's 'Make your Home a Safety Zone' workshop in New Plymouth in August, alongside representatives from Kidsafe Taranaki Trust, local Tamariki Ora providers and community workers.

Some of the main facts for Taranaki included:

* For the period 2008-2012, 944 kids were hospitalised for an injury.  98% of these were unintentional.  

* The most common cause of injury for all child age groups in Taranaki were falls. 

* The highest place of injury is in the home environment (34%)

* 0-4 years old kids are most at risk (83%).  There are unique risks for each age and stage of child development.

A variety of important issues covered included falls, burns, and play areas such as driveways. 

Those who attended also got to see this scary phenomenon.  Look what damage a button battery did to a piece of bacon in only 2 hours!  Check out this link for mor info on button battery safety.



 Those present at the workshop explored several strategies for easy ways to make the home environment safer for our children.   This resource from Safekids Aotearoa summarises some of the ideas and can be easily downloaded for use.

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Check out the Safekids Aotearoa website for plenty of free resources and information on how you can make our homes safety zones! 


30 Aug

Agricultural Safety Challenge

3 August 2018

NPiS and Rural Support Trust Taranaki were proud to support this fantastic event again this year by running an activity on mental wellbeing.

There was awesome effort and enthusiasm from all students involved in a variety of interactive as well as practical agricultural activities, which included mental wellbeing, fire safety, firearms safety, livestock handling, quad bike and tractor safety.

The purpose of the event is to promote safe farm practice, and has also been an ideal opportunity to promote messages of mental wellbeing and discuss the unique stressors of a rural environment.    The Taranaki Agricultural Team Challenge is a one-day competitive event focusing on farm safety knowledge and skills and open to teams of high school students in forms 5 to 7.  It is proudly organised by a collaborative involving ACC, NPiS, Taratahi (Agricultural ITO), Taranaki High Schools, Police, Fire Service, Rural Support Trust Taranaki and Land Based Training.

Well done to this year's winners - New Plymouth Boy's HIgh School!

Check out the NPiS Facebook page for more pics of this year's successful event.


30 Aug

Who should pay for all the harm from alcohol?

Conference hosted by Alcohol Action NZ & share & Whariki Research Centre

In August, representatives from NPiS attended this workshop in Wellington.

One of the many take home messages for me was:

* Alcohol-related harm costs NZ 7.85 billion EVERY YEAR

Compare this cost to:

* Crime costs NZ 1.1 billion a year

* Total cost of Treaty of Waitangi settlements over 20 years - 2.2 billion

* Absenteeism costs NZ 1.7 billion a year

Annette Beutrais, a national advocate for suicide prevention, highlighted the link between alcohol and suicide.  After depression, alcohol is the second most common risk factor for suicidal behaviour.  She also advocated for measures to curb our harmful alcohol use, including an increase in excise tax.  

Check out this article which also includes an interesting Police perspective, such as the daily challenges caused by Police resourcing being used up by the flow-on effects of people's alcohol misuse.


Who is paying for all the harm from alcohol?

Want to be involved in alcohol harm reduction initiatives?  Contact [email protected]  to be put on the mailing list for the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group.



30 Aug

Paint the town yellow

10 September 2018

Splashing yellow throughout Taranaki to celebrate life!

On Monday September 10, organisations, businesses, schools and individuals are encouraged to wear yellow or buy a yellow ribbon, with proceeds going to the Taranaki Retreat. 

See the media release link below for more information and contact Sue Martin at Tui Ora Ltd if you would like some ribbons for your own event! 




26 Jul

Winter fire safety

Tips from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Winter is well and truly here, so we all have our heaters cranking by now! 

Recently there has been some media coverage around cases of people not using heaters and electric blankets correctly. 

We all need to keep warm, so Fire and Emergency NZ have some useful winter safety tips to share with your whanau:

  • Remember the heater-metre rule – always keep furniture, curtains, clothes and children at least 1 metre away from heaters and fireplaces.
  • Never cover heating appliances or store objects on top of them.
  • If you use an electric blanket, make sure it is always flat on the bed and that controls or cords are not twisted or caught between the mattress and the base of the bed. Twisted cords are a common cause of electric blanket fires.
  • Check main heating sources such as fireplaces, chimneys and LPG gas heaters to ensure they are in good condition and don’t have signs of damage and wear.

 Check out https://fireandemergency.nz/at-home/winter-fire-safety/ for more information, as well as their Facebook page which has some fun and useful videos you can easily share.



26 Jul

New study shows regional hospitalisations and deaths due to alcohol

No region left unscathed

This recent Newshub article includes maps of NZ which show numbers of deaths and hospitalisations directly due to alcohol in each DHB region. 

No region has been left unscathed - including Taranaki, which showed 3 deaths and 116 hospitalisations due to alcohol during the 2016-17 financial year.



What is more sobering is that whilst this adds up to 180 people dying in this period due to alcohol abuse, the actual figure is much higher.  The Ministry of Health only counts where someone has died and alcohol was put on their death certificate – so this does not count the vast amount of harm from alcohol which causes injuries so severe that it requires hospital treatment.

The lack of strong national alcohol policy has been blamed by several organisations for these statistics, due to the Government not implementing the majority of the measures recommended by the Law Commission in 2012.  As Alcohol Healthwatch states, these recommendations included evidence based measures such as increasing alcohol prices, reducing availability and restricting alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

Check out the full article here; https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/revealed-new-zealand-regions-with-the-most-alcohol-deaths.html

NPiS will continue to advocate at a policy level whenever the opportunity arises, and will also be community based projects at a local level, through the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction group. For further information, contact [email protected]




26 Jul

Community Strength and Balance Programme Update

Have you attended a class yet?

In previous NPiS updates, we have highlighted the fabulous Community Strength and Balance programme we have in Taranaki, which aims to prevent falls and related injuries for over 65s.  Here is an update from the programme’s coordinator, Hilary Blackstock.

We currently have 28 Approved Strength & Balance classes across Taranaki available to the public. We have been looking to grow the number of leaders in South, Central and Coastal Taranaki in the future as well as the types of classes.

If you are interested in finding about more about becoming a leader (all training is provided), or would like to find out about classes near you get in touch with me at Sport Taranaki.

All the current Approved leaders are coming together this Friday to upskill, collaborate and get to know each other.  We will be learning from each other and planning for the year ahead.

For a list of current classes near you, go to https://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/


20 Jul

Lifekeepers Training

Register Today!


28 Jun

Kidsafe Taranaki Trust welcomes Ngāti Ruanui Healthcare as a Tamariki Falls project partner

Falls is the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for children aged under five years in Taranaki.  Kidsafe Taranaki’s Tamariki Falls is a Māori specific  project which aims to prevent falls in the home to pre-school tamariki, through one-on-one sessions with parents, caregivers and whānau.

Kidsafe Taranaki is proud to announce that Ngāti Ruanui Healthcare will be delivering the Tamariki Falls project through their Tamariki Ora visits with South Taranaki whānau.    Tamariki Ora Nurses Joanne Larsen and Liza Mundt will be discussing with whānau age-specific falls risks for tamariki and effective ways of keeping children safe from falls in the home.    Practical tips will be shared with parents and caregivers, which include how to make easy changes to the home to improve safety and supervision.

For more information about the Tamariki Falls programme, please contact Jo Larsen or send a message to the Kidsafe Taranaki Trust via their Facebook page.


28 Jun

Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group

Get involved!

Preventing alcohol-related harm is a key priority for New Plymouth Injury Safe (NPiS) due to it being a major contributor of injuries. NPiS has rejuvenated the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group and are exploring, with other stakeholders how to best support gathering of local alcohol-related data to help to decide the best focus of local initiatives.

One such potential area is the attitudes of parents/caregivers towards the supply of alcohol to young people.   Another is considering what could be done at a policy level.   A priority will be to make sure a balanced approach is taken basing the choice on evidence and what is proven to be the most effective for chosen projects.

We would like to hear from anyone who has an interest in the prevention of alcohol related-harm, and warmly invite them to contact us to be put on the email list for future correspondence and meeting invitations.  Please contact [email protected]

28 Jun

Child car seat checkpoints highlight need for safe installation advice

Kidsafe Taranaki has launched a series of regular car seat clinics this month.  Planned to run for the foreseeable future, the clinics will be held in 5 different locations around Taranaki.  These free car seat clinics are a great opportunity for people to come and get their child car seats checked and/or installed so they can be confident they’re as safe as possible.

Prior to launching the new initiative, Kidsafe Taranaki teamed up with the Police to run some car seat checkpoints to identify what sort of issues people are experiencing with their seats.  .  In total, 186 car seats were checked at three separate locations. 

The overall findings from these checkpoints included:

  • 51% of car seats checked were legal and safe
  • 20% of car seats checked were illegal
  • 38% were legal but the seat’s safety was compromised (needed adjustments made to make them safer)

 Main causes of non-compliance included:

  • Forward facing car seats not tethered (45%)
  • Children in seat belts only who should still be in booster seats or too big for forward facing and should be in booster (45%)

 See below for some more details of the results.

 So it appears that we still have a way to go in ensuring that our children are safe when travelling in vehicles.  The car seat clinics have been well attended and will occur on an ongoing basis. Click here for a copy of the flier which has details of regular dates and locations.

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Two of the many families who got their car seats checked by technicians at recent Kidsafe Taranaki car seat clinics


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26 Jun

Make Your Home A Safety Zone

Free Safekids Aotearoa Workshop in New Plymouth

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31 May

Global drug survey shows Kiwis ignorant about the harmful effects of alcohol

The need for warning labels to be placed on all alcohol products is long overdue. 


Over 3200 Kiwis took part in the 2018 Global Drug Survey, where people were presented with seven different health warnings about alcohol.  Some of the surprising findings included:

  • 62.5% of women under 25 did not know drinking less reduced the risk of seven different types of cancer and almost half were unaware that even people with heavy alcohol use can significantly reduce their risk of harm by having two alcohol free days per week
  • 40 percent of people said they were unaware alcohol offered little or no health benefits
  • 1 in 3 people did not believe alcohol causes cancer
  • Despite the fact that half of New Zealand’s violent crimes are related to alcohol, 45.3% of people said the warning about violence was “totally irrelevant”
  • Nearly one third of New Zealand drinkers who were classified as very high risk still thought their drinking was average or less than average
  • 1 in 3 women under 25 would think about drinking less due to calories, and 1 in 4 would consider drinking less after learning about the risk of cancer from warning labels was “huge”


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The above list of health warnings on alcohol labels isn’t an exhaustive list when you also consider the link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of injury. 

It appears New Zealanders still have a long way to go in accepting what’s at risk when drinking too much alcohol - and how much is too much.   Health warning labels on alcohol products need to be a part of a whole package of interventions to raise the consciousness of New Zealanders of our harmful drinking culture.

Check out the recent article Warning labels on alcohol could change New Zealand’s ‘ignorance’  which also includes a video of members of the public being interviewed about health warnings on alcohol labels. 



30 May

Apprentice Safety Challenge 2018

This year was the tenth anniversary of the annual Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event.  Organised by the Taranaki Construction Safety Group, this competition tests the safety knowledge and skills of trade apprentices from local trades and construction industries. 

The competition consists of a range of practical challenges focusing on safety topics such as first aid, fire safety, working at heights, physical fitness, violence prevention, road safety, and manual handling.   The activities are run by local safety groups and construction companies. This year, NPiS and the Taranaki Rural Support Trust ran an activity on mental health and wellbeing.   

The winners of this year’s event were A Team Anzco and Armatec, followed by TCM and Clem Electrical in second place.  The third place winners were Fonterra Mechanical.   The winners received the Master Builders Apprentice Safety Trophy, presented by New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom and Methanex CEO Brian Ropotini.

The success of this event, first held in 2009, led to the Challenge becoming an annual event. It has drawn comment from a number of outside agencies and was awarded the 3M Safety Award in 2010.  

Alison Pitman of Be Safe Taranaki was one of the people instrumental in developing the Apprentice Safety Challenge concept and getting it off the ground.   A partner of the NPiS Trust, BeSafe Taranaki supports and promotes health and safety training and initiatives in Taranaki.  Alison has now stepped down from the planning group and the NPiS Trust to pursue new challenges.  NPiS would like to express their gratitude to Alison for the commitment, innovation and expertise she has brought to health and safety over many years.








25 May

Have your say with the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

This inquiry is a once in a generation opporunity for change.  The panel are undertaking a comprehensive process to ensure as many voices are heard.  Make sure you have your say!

Written submissions close 5pm on 5th June - check out the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction website for information on how to submit.

Forum - The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Panel is coming to New Plymouth.  This has been arranged to enable Taranaki people the opportunity to meet, listen and talk with panel members.   The forum will be held on Friday 22 June and will be held at: Peace Hall, Taranaki Cathedral – Church of St Mary commencing at 1.45pm.  Please RSVP to Jenny McLennan (Taranaki DHB) at 06 753-7781 or email [email protected] 


4 May

Free Taranaki Car Seat Clinics

Commencing June 2018

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26 Apr

Should alcohol sponsorship be banned from sport?

How do you feel about alcohol sponsorship of sport?  Is it something sports clubs truly can't exist wthout, or is it a health hazard we could all do without?

TV3 Newshub claim in their recent article:

* "Experts are calling for alcohol advertising to be banned from sports, but the liquor industry is pushing back, claiming it plays a vital role in supporting sport at every level

* All of New Zealand's main professional sporting teams, except for the Breakers, have alcohol sponsors or partners".

Check out the recent informative article video from Newshub - which looks extensively at both sides of the issue around alcohol sponsorship of sport.





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26 Apr

Taranaki's April 'Live Stronger for Longer' Expos

The ‘Taranaki Live Stronger for Longer Expo’ held throughout Taranaki in April was a great success. The aim of the expo was to educate the Taranaki community about falls prevention, and what is available locally to help those over 65 reduce their chance of falling.  It was a wonderful opportunity to connect health professionals with those in our communities who were interested in strength and balance for themselves or their whanau. 

The Expo was a collaboration between Sport Taranaki Community Strength and Balance and Pinnacle In Home Strength and Balance, and visited New Plymouth, Waitara and Stratford. We were joined by physio students who ran through some useful strength and balance competency checks on over 65 and offered tips to try at home to help with improvements.

Those who attended were able to talk to professionals about other aspects that affect balance including eyesight and hearing. Other local wellbeing advocates also attended the expo, including St Johns who offered advice on how to get off the floor safely after a fall.  Age Concern also shared information on the activities they have available, Geneva and Health Promotion had lots of useful information available too.

In all venues some of our Approved Community Class leaders for Strength and Balance ran snippets of their classes for 20 minutes. This let participants experience movement to music, Tai Chi, Strength & Balance circuits, SAYGo and Zumba Gold.

For more information on the project and what’s available locally visit www.livestronger.org.nz.  You can also contact your local GP or Sport Taranaki.  Live Stronger for Longer is a project in collaboration with ACC, Ministry of Health and the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand.


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26 Apr

Conversations about Suicide Resource

Ngā whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro mō te whakamomori

A popular Taranaki resource designed to support suicide prevention has recently been updated to capture new information from the Ministry of Health – and is readily available to those who need it.

 ‘Conversations about Suicide’ is a locally developed guide designed to support individuals, whānau and services hold conversations about suicide and with individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts so they can get the right help.

The guide is available in English or Te Reo Māori and contains a section outlining common myths and facts associated with suicide in an effort to break down the stigma often associated. Finally, there is a list of help lines that may be able to assist during this distressing period.

The resource is readily accessible on the Tui Ora and NPiS websites, and has been available in hard copy or pdf for over 12 months, during this time over 5000 copies have been distributed throughout the region.   Additional printed copies of the resource will be distributed widely as soon as they are available; please get in touch with Sue Martin at Tui Ora if you are interested in receiving some.

The guide, originally developed in 2016 was a collaborative effort involving Suicide Prevention Taranaki and Homegrown – Rangatahi Suicide Prevention.  These collectives appreciate the support from NPiS thus far to fund the printing.

For further information about Conversation Guide and the Suicide Prevention Taranaki collaborative, please contact Sue Martin at Tui Ora, or check out their website.

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24 Apr

Be Seen Campaign

Improving the visibility of cyclists and pedestrians

As the days become shorter, we begin to notice that early mornings and after school or work can be a bit grey and gloomy. This is when the Be Seen campaign kicks in to encourage pedestrians, cyclists, joggers etc to make sure they are seen by other road users. Be Seen is part of the wider What are you Missing? campaign, which aims to encourage all road users to share the road environment, and keep themselves and other road users safe. 

Wearing bright or high visibility clothing, reflective clothing or accessories, bag covers, and using lights when riding are ways that we can make it easier for others to see us when we are out at dawn and dusk. 

To promote this message, campaign partners from New Plymouth District Council, The New Zealand Police, Roadside Taranaki, Shell Taranaki Ltd and New Plymouth injury Safe have been working together to hold checkpoints at various sites at dawn and dusk. 

Those seen already making themselves ‘Be Seen’ have been rewarded with a ‘treat’, while others have been offered reflective armbands, backpack covers and bike lights to ensure they are visible, and therefore safer while out and about.

For further information, please email [email protected] or go www.letsgo.org.nz  

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Staff from NPDC, Police, Shell Taranaki and NPiS at a recent checkpoint helping Coastal Walkway users to be more visible at dusk.



29 Mar

Watch this space....

Car seat advice is soon on its way!

We all know that we are legally required to use child restraints (carseats and booster seats).  Unfortunately, car seats are not always that straightforward to install and people often need advice on their correct use.    Kidsafe Taranaki (a coalition focused on reducing unintentional injury to children) has identified the need to provide a car seat installation and advice service to the Taranaki community.    

New Plymouth Injury Safe is an active partner of the Kidsafe Taranaki Trust and has now taken the lead in exploring the establishment of free ‘car seat clinics’ at regular times throughout Taranaki.   Watch this space - more information to come soon!

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28 Mar

Angelic festival guardians keep young and old safe

Kaitiaki Angels, a Manaaki Lounge and korero with kaumātua made up the Tui Ora presence at Womad 2018, in New Plymouth from Friday March 16-18.

This year the organisation boasted a highly visible profile with more than 20 staff volunteering time in different ways across the three-day festival.  Much of this was made possible through sponsorship from the Health Promotion Agency (HPA).

A group called the Kaitiaki Angels were responsible for looking after rangatahi to help them stay safe.  Visible in Tui Ora t-shirts and black wings, they wandered through the crowds of youngsters as the evening wore on, handing out vouchers for the teens to receive free Pita Pit’s and encouraging them to make good choice around looking after themselves and each other. 

These Tui Ora staff – some who are youth workers in their day jobs - also offered an additional evening space for the rangatahi to sit and have time out in the marquee/Manaaki Lounge.

During the day, this was a cultural and organisational space with information about Tui Ora services, fun activities and time put aside to korero with a kaumātua or kuia.

Another aspect to the Kaitiaki Angel role was working alongside St John’s to staff a recovery tent, adjacent to the main first aid station.

Here the angels kept an eye on festivalgoers, using basic first aid to care for people and to aid the communication with friends and family.

In this capacity, some angels handed out $25 vouchers to acknowledge those people who had supported their friends and help mitigate some of the risk-taking.  After Womad, the harm reduction message continued with a campaign on the Tui Ora public health Facebook page. 

Using this social media channel, the organisation sought feedback from teens and adults in their early 20s about how to look after their mates on a night out.  More than 1200 people were reached this way, ensuring the mahi or work continued even after the music and festivities of Womad had died down.

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who were ‘guardians’ of rangatahi, as well as             supporting festival goers and communicating 

range of other staff.                                                     with whānau.



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28 Mar

Online Safety

Useful information from Netsafe

It’s hard to communicate these days without having to turn to a computer or smartphone.  The world of the internet, online communication and social media is everywhere.  How do we teach our children to be tech-savvy and keep up with the skills they will need to navigate online environments, will minimising challenges, risks and exposure to the pitfalls of online communication?

Netsafe’s Top 10 Tips for Parents is a fantastic guide which covers a lot of these concerns, ranging from setting expectations and safely teaching them the basics. 

Netsafe were recently in New Plymouth holding workshops on digital safety with a focus on safety and citizenship online, and the Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015) , hosted by the Taranaki Safe Families Trust. Some key messages from Netsafe included:

  • Technologies are a big part of the everyday lives of young people, so digital citizenship and online safety learning should be too.
  • Netsafe defines a digital citizen as someone who ‘confidently engages with and participates in online opportunities safety, respectfully and meaningfully’.  Digital citizenship is about the behaviour, not just the technology.  This is the behaviour we want from everyone, whether they are online of offline.
  • Young people will come across online challenges and there will be times when they make mistakes.  It’s important to have procedures in place to deal with issues when they arise.  Netsafe has created several user-friendly resources to help parents, whanau and educators with this.
  • New Zealand’s Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015) defines under its ten principles, what online communications should not do. Netsafe are the agency responsible for supporting New Zealanders if harm or concerns arise from online communications and incidents, and encourage young and old to make contact for advice and support.
  • Schools, whanau, family and young people themselves are all partners in developing the values, skills and knowledge needed to be a digital citizen. So it’s important that everyone talks openly about online safety.

Netsafe has a wealth of information on their website - for parents, young people and educators, as well as covering issues such as screen time, staying safe online, online bullying and scams.   Check out their comprehensive website at https://www.netsafe.org.nz/




28 Mar

Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures

Taranaki EXPO 10-13 April 2018


28 Feb

Harmful Digital Communications Workshops

28th March 2018

Taranaki Safe Families Trust is hosting two Netsafe workshops on the 28th of March 2018.   

Click below for more information or visit http://www.taranakisafefamilies.org.nz/page/events/5/ 



27 Feb

Department of Lost Nights

New messaging to combat alcohol related har

It all goes a bit sideways. Well, diagonally-downwards. Sit here Mark Jones. ‘Mannequin-you’ will see out the night.


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‘Department of Lost Nights’

Health Promotion Agency’s newest phase towards reducing alcohol related harm


As of 13 February, there had been over 360,000 views of the full video across thelostnight.com, YouTube and Facebook

Have you watched it yet?  

Here’s the lowdown about this new and unique form of messaging from the Health Promotion Agency:

FOMO or fear of missing out, lies at the core of Department of Lost Nights. The story is based on our main character who feels like he’s missed out. While on a night out with his friends who choose to ease up, he has too much to drink and gets a visit from The Department of Lost Nights – a group of workmen who come into his head and repossess his memories. In the morning he wakes up with a hangover and a sense of loss.


What’s the purpose of the new phase?

The campaign aims to re-energise the messaging used in the 2013 “No more beersies for you” advertisement – to provide people with a language they could use to say ‘no’ to alcohol.


Key messages

  • When you drink too much, you risk missing out on the good times.
  • ‘Yeah Nah’ is a great way to say you don’t want another drink.
  • Say ‘Yeah, Nah’ and ease up on the drink.

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Who is the audience?

The target audience is 18 to 24 year olds, as they drink more frequently and at riskier levels than other age groups. The elements developed for this initiative, including advertising content and media placement, are all targeted to this age group. The elements are designed to be easily shared on social media and generate ‘talkability’ amongst the target audience. Media focuses on digital environments and will reach young people across New Zealand. If you don’t see a lot of the advertising you may not be in the target audience.   Advertising will run across a variety of channels until 30 June 2018 including television, online video and social media. 

 A suite of resources is available in a digital toolkit for you to use to promote key messages. Resources include: posters; info sheets; useful website links; video content and posts for sharing. They are provided to support Say Yeah, Nah campaign messaging in your local community. The advertising has been designed to be used for up to three years. Over time, further content will be added.  Go to the digital toolkit for resources


Check out this great new campaign and be sure to share the You Tube clip amongst your networks.



23 Feb

Your best defence against falls

Taranaki Falls Prevention Service

NPiS supported the recently held New Plymouth’s Positive Ageing ‘Live Stronger for Longer’ forum, which was well attended. Dr Nadja Gottfert (GP Liaison - Pinnacle) and Hilary Blackstock (Community Strength and Balance Coordinator -  Sport Taranaki) presented on how to avoid falls and what falls prevention services are available in the Taranaki community. 

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HIlary has also been busy accrediting a number of ‘Community Strength and Balance’ classes, which are available throughout Taranaki.    Not only are these classes safe and fun, but they are designed to improve balance and strengthen muscles, hence reduce your risk of falling. 

Please click here to see the list of classes currently available.  New classes are being added to the list all the time, so make sure you check back from time to time.   Give a class a go today!


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22 Feb

Kaupapa Māori Injury Prevention and Community Safety Hui

14 March 2018


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Tena koutou e te Iwi - Naumai Haere mai

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.


New Plymouth Injury Safe (NPiS) are keen to support our community’s kaupapa Māori injury prevention and safety projects.

Are you concerned about kaupapa Māori injury prevention and community safety?

 We invite you to a hui to discuss:

* what issues are important to Māori within the communities you work in

* how we can support each other in our mahi


Wednesday, 14th March 2018, 10am

New Plymouth District Council Chambers

 Morning tea supplied

Please RSVP to Alisha Stone, Programme Manager New Plymouth Injury Safe [email protected]


Rawinia Leatherby (NPiS Trust member)

(Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Nga Ruahine)










31 Jan

Live Stronger for Longer Forum

17 February 2018

As profiled last month, every year one in three people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall.  This rises to one in two once you reach 80.    Local key agencies including Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, ACC, Sport Taranaki and the Taranaki DHB have partnered to develop a comprehensive falls prevention service.  This includes free falls risk assessments at local GPs, and further support involves support from home with a falls prevention therapist or by attending any one of the numerous ACC accredited community based classes.  For further information please click here..

New Plymouth’s Positive Ageing Forum is hosting a ‘Live Stronger for Longer Expo’, where the public is invited to attend to find out more about how to avoid falls and what falls prevention services are available in the community.

We look forward to seeing you!

Live Stronger for Longer Forum

Venue – New Plymouth District Council Chambers

Date – Saturday 17th February

Time – 10am -12pm

31 Jan

Emergency Services Day

27 January 2018

Did you know that the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter has already been on 11 rescue missions so far this year?   The helicopter luckily wasn’t required during the recently held Emergency Services event, which attracted hundreds of families keen to check the helicopter out as well as other activities on offer.  There were a number of emergency services at the event with interactive displays and activities, including Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, St John, Civil Defence and Roadsafe Taranaki, to name a few. 

New Plymouth Injury Safe was also there, supporting Kidsafe Taranaki who were promoting child safety in driveways.  The issue of children being hurt in driveways by reversing cars is a big one for New Zealand, so participants were encouraged to sit in the car and look in the rear vision mirror for children.  People were shocked and surprised to see how far back the life size models had to be, and that it is even worse when children are sitting down.  The key message was therefore to keep children away from driveways when there are cars about. 

The Emergency Services open day event further reinforced the number of amazing hard working people we have in our community who are passionate about saving lives and enhancing safety in our community.  Check out the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust facebook page for more information and future events.


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31 Jan

Two icons of motorcycling. One night in New Plymouth

Brittany Morrow and Kevin Williams tell their stories

If motorcycling is your thing, this is your event!

Two fascinating speakers from across the globe discuss our shared passion from their individual perspectives:

  • ‘The Queen of Road Rash’ from the USA, Brittany Morrow, talks eloquently and movingly about the crash that changed her life, her injuries and the drive it has given her to get others to protect themselves properly when riding.
  • Kevin Williams of the UK’s Survival Skills on his first professional visit to NZ provides incredible insights into the science of 'being seen’, the psychology of riding and the mental processes that are the foundation of riding skills.

Short talks from each of the speakers are followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Venue: Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Cnr Courtenay & Leach Streets, New Plymouth  

Date: Thursday 15 February

Time:  6.00PM (light refreshments provided from 6PM with speakers from 6.30PM)

Attendance is free.

No patches please. 

Check out the facebook event  for more information.


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30 Jan

Drought season hits Taranaki

What can you do to help?

What a summer we are having - these seemingly endless days of sunshine and heat have amounted to the driest season since 1978.  Taranaki has now been officially classified as in a drought, which is posing significant challenges for our rural community. 

Significant help is at hand.  Rural Support Taranaki (RST) is determined to provide a simple and easy process for farming families experiencing a drop of income due to this drought – the impacts of which will be felt through to September.    

RST have been holding Drought Decision Making workshops through the region to tackle the season’s challenges together.   Brad Markham’s article profiles these recent workshops, as well as capturing the perspectives of local farmers and other experts during this drought season.

RST are providing significant support to rural families throughout Taranaki, and want to hear from anyone who may be finding it tough both financially and psychologically.  Please contact Rural Support Taranaki on 0800 787 254. 

In addition, Rural Facilitators are being trained so they can provide support with the Ministry of Social Development’s ‘Rural Assistance Payment’ (RAP) application process. The process and criteria varies depending on the situation and RST want to ensure is fully understood - for example:

  • Farm owners who do not have any easily realisable assets may apply prior to selling of capital items to keep the farm ticking over.
  • Share milkers with no capital or access to funds may qualify for 'essential living needs' grants, money that will provide food on the table and other family needs.
  • Farm employees can apply for the 'job-seeker' benefit without a stand-down period - and while the farm owner may want to retain these workers they must still be available for other work should it arise.  

 Please contact Rural Support Taranaki for more information.

What can we all do to support farming families during this challenging time?   Touch base with someone you know that lives or works on a farm.  As Mischa Clouston says in her article about nurturing rural farming families and communities ‘think about someone who can benefit from your time or support.  An elderly neighbour, an injured friend or a struggling husband. Take time to chat and to listen. Ask if they are ok and just make their day a little brighter by being in it’

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26 Jan

Current Accredited Taranaki Community Strength and Balance Classes

Your best defence against falls

In last month’s NPiS update we profiled Hilary Blackstock, Taranaki’s Community Strength and Balance Coordinator based at Sport Taranaki.   She has been busy accrediting a number of ‘Community Strength and Balance’ classes, which are available throughout Taranaki.    Not only are these classes safe and fun, but they are designed to improve balance and strengthen muscles, hence reduce your risk of falling. 

Please click here to see the list of classes currently available.  New classes are being added to the list all the time, so make sure you check back from time to time.   Give a class a go today!


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18 Jan

Managing Alcohol in clubs

New resources from the Health Promotion Agency






Managing Alcohol in clubs


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The Alcohol Game Plans for club committees and for bar staff are available now 

The Alcohol Game Plan for club committees provides guidance on:

  • the law and licensing requirements
  • who can purchase and consume alcohol at the club
  • developing an AMP
  • developing a Host Responsibility policy. 

 The Alcohol Game Plan for bar staff provides guidance on:

  • the law and licensing requirements
  • who can purchase and consume alcohol at the club good Host Responsibility. 

 and much more……


The Game Plans are not available in hard copy but may be downloaded here:

Alcohol Game Plan for club committees

Alcohol Game Plan for bar staff

or go to alcohol.org.nz.  


For further information contact [email protected]


12 Jan

Drought Decision Making Workshops

Coming to Coastal Taranaki

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22 Dec

NPiS Update December 2017

Check out our last update for 2017 by clicking here.

Have a safe and happy Christmas :-)





21 Dec

Don't let injuries or a flaming tree take the shine off Christmas

Hot off the press - Great Christmas safety tips, courtesy of Matt Crabtree (Fire and Emergency NZ) and Alisha Stone (NPiS). 

Check out todays' media story here


21 Dec

More than one in five elderly New Zealanders are lonely

A recent report released by the University of Otago has captured the extent of loneliness of our older New Zealanders.  This world class study of over 72,000 New Zealanders has shown that at least 21% of older people are lonely, particularly those who are frail.   In addition, the proportions of those who experience loneliness varies by ethnicity.  Loneliness has significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of people, including depression, anxiety and other physical health conditions.    Please click here to read more about this ground breaking report.
Loneliness is something that we can all easily consider and do something about.   With the festive season approaching, it is even more of a good reason to informally touch base with the older members of our community or even those living on our street - who could you reach out to connect with?

20 Dec

Help your family be safer these holidays

Source: It's Not Ok Campaign


Please share on your networks - image can be found here



19 Dec

Reducing falls in over 65s

Taranaki Community Strength and Balance Programme

Every year, one in three people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall.  This rises to one in two once you reach 80.  The good news is falls aren’t a natural part of the ageing process so can be prevented if you know the risks.  Doing exercises that strengthen your leg and core muscles and improve balance will reduce your risk of falling.    It’s that simple.  For more information, check out the 'Live Stronger for Longer' website.
Community strength and balance classes are available throughout Taranaki, and are required to meet a set of clinical criteria.   Below is some more information about the Community Strength and Balance programme in Taranaki, and its Coordinator, Hilary Blackstock.
Tēnā koutou, My name is Hilary Blackstock, I am the Community Strength & Balance Coordinator based at Sport Taranaki.
My role is to increase the availability of safe, fun, effective & Approved Strength & Balance classes in the Taranaki Community with the goal being to reduce the number of falls and fall related injuries for those aged over 65.
This will be achieved by:
  • Offering free training and support for refresher and starter courses on Strength and Balance to those people interested in leading Strength & Balance classes.  Support can be around establishing new classes or incorporating strength and balance components into existing classes.
  • Providing ongoing support for classes and leaders
  • Promoting classes across Taranaki
If you are worried about falling or would like to know more, please contact me on 021480180, 06 7590930 ext 724 or by email at [email protected]org.nz


15 Dec

New study highlights heavy drinking patterns in older Kiwis

A recent report released by New Zealand’s Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has highlighted that Kiwis over the age of 50 are more likely to drink in a harmful manner, compared to adults of the same age in several other countries.  This will be an interesting finding for many of us who may associate heavy drinking with younger people.  As we head into the festive season where alcohol use tends to increase dramatically overall, this is a cause for concern. 

This study was completed by an international team funded by the HPA and led by researchers from Massey University’s Health, Work and Retirement Longitudinal Study and the University of Auckland’s Centre for Addiction Research.   Read the press release and report here.

NPiS plans to refresh its focus on the prevention of alcohol related harm in 2018 - please contact [email protected] if you want to know more.  



1 Dec

NPiS Update November 2017

Click here to catch up on the latest news from New Plymouth Injury Safe.

29 Nov

White Ribbon Day 2017

The New Plymouth community again got into the spirit of this year’s White Ribbon Day – with a fantastic turnout at its annual White Ribbon Relay in the CBD.  Several New Plymouth businesses donned some fun costumes and got fully into their themes, which is a fun way to get a serious message across.  A total of 25 teams raced against each other to raise awareness about family violence, particularly violence against women.   
The Street Relay capped off a week of significant events including the White Ribbon Rider’s visit to Taranaki, South Taranaki White Ribbon day, a White Ribbon Champions Ride, as well as displays of white ribbons at venues such as Taranaki DHB and on local Police cars.   Well done to Katy Wilson and the Taranaki Safe Families Trust for organising yet another successful White Ribbon week!
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29 Nov

Fewer Pokie Machines = Less Harm



We all are well aware of the harm that gaming machines (pokies) cause for our community.  The links between problem gambling and self-harm such as suicide are evident and a clear cause for action.  New Plymouth Injury Safe recently took the opportunity to complete a written and oral submission on the New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) review of the Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy, with pleasing results.
NPDC recently approved to adopt a capped figure of 320 gaming machines in the district (down from 369).  A ‘sinking lid’ for Waitara was also approved, which means that if venues in the town surrender their gaming licences the number of machines there will be reduced. At present there is a higher density of gaming machines in Waitara of 49 machines,- around 70 machines for every 10,000 people. Nationally, the figure is 32.7 gaming machines per 10,000 people, while in New Plymouth, which is not considered a problem gambling area, there are 39 machines.  Find out more about the outcome here.  

The causes of suicide and self-harm are complex, and we have an obligation to do anything we reasonably can to reduce the rate of suicide and self-harm in our community.  This is another positive step forward - well done NPDC!

28 Nov

Introducing our new NPiS Programme Manager

Kia ora koutou, my name is Alisha Stone and I am the new Programme Manager for New Plymouth Injury Safe.  I am excited to be in this proactive and diverse role!  

I am Taranaki born and bred, and have an extensive background in a number of areas of Health Promotion through my previous role at Taranaki DHB's Public Health Unit.   I also have relevant experience working as a Primary School Teacher and a Social Worker.
I have been in this role since the beginning of November and have been busy meeting key partners and familiarising myself with the new role.  I am really interested in further extending my relationships with others in this area through meeting with people who also work in the area of community injury prevention, so please feel free to contact me!
Ngā mihi nui
Alisha Stone 



9 Dec

New Plymouth Injury Safe collaboration reaccredited with Safe Community status

New Plymouth District recognised for its focus on creating a safer community.

On Thursday, December 8, representatives from the Safe Community Foundation of New Zealand visited to reaccredit the district with International Safe Community status.

This recognised the collaborative work done between various organisations within the community under the umbrella of New Plymouth Injury Safe (NPiS) to reduce preventable injuries.

“It means that New Plymouth District organisations are running a range of evidence-based well thought out injury prevention and safety promotion programmes that meet the needs of the community,” NPiS programme manager Teresa Gordon says.

During the day, the representatives visited NPiS partner organisations as well as gathered information to make sure the criteria for international safe community status were met.

There was a formal accreditation ceremony and all groups and organisations involved in the NPiS collaboration signed the safe community agreement committing to another five years.

“I think it’s really satisfying to pull together the stories of all the organisations that are working on projects that feed into this, and to realise just how much we’ve achieved in the last six years,” Teresa says.

“It’s especially satisfying to see that we still exist as an organisation given the current difficult climate that non-government organisations face.

“This process proves that what we’re doing is making a difference.”

Over recent years NPiS has witnessed a general decline in injury death rates and a specific decline in paediatric falls and suicide in Taranaki.

A major success was the role the collaborative had in influencing the New Plymouth District Council’s new Local Alcohol Policy.

NPiS was pleased with the result of less access to alcohol at certain times in the New Plymouth District, but acknowledges there’s still work to be done to reduce alcohol related harm in the community.

Reaccreditation is a point of pride for the NPiS collaboration. New Plymouth was one of the first communities in the country to be granted the international safe community status in 2005, which needs to be reapplied for every five years.

It recognises the commitment and efforts of all 11 collaborative partners under the NPiS Trust umbrella; Tui Ora Ltd, Taranaki District Health Board, New Plymouth District Council, Kidsafe Taranaki, Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand Police, Worksafe NZ, New Zealand Fire Service, Bishop’s Action Foundation, Be Safe Taranaki and Taranaki Rural Support Trust. It is also supported with critical funding from the TSB Community Trust.

The signing will be held at 1.30pm at the New Plymouth District Council chambers. The public can attend if they RSVP to Teresa Gordon before December 1 on [email protected]

About New Plymouth injury Safe

NPiS came about after ACC invited communities around the country to examine injury occurrence and prevention in 2000. New Plymouth-based health and community professionals conducted an injury prevention needs assessment and the resulting Community Injury Prevention in the New Plymouth District document became the platform for NPiS. NPiS has come a long way since then, gaining International Safe Community status for the first time in 2005 and becoming a charitable trust in 2006.

Its board meets monthly, chaired by Andrew Brock, with the ultimate aim of creating a safer community by reducing preventable injuries. It does this through encouraging collaboration between organisations, conducting research, doing injury prevention education, and advocating for policy and legislative change.


9 Sep

Lead Poisoning Risk Highlighted to Lady DIYers

TDHB Health Protection Staff team up with NPiS

Early last month around 700 women flocked to the Valley Mega Centre for the annual Mitre 10 MEGA Ladies Night. The event included DIY demonstrations, discounts and prizes aimed at encouraging women to get involved in DIY.

New Plymouth Injury Safe’s (NPiS) programme manager Teresa Gordon hosted a stall at the event educating attendees about ‘safety in the home’ and recruited Annabel Shaw from the Taranaki DHB Health Protection team to provide expertise and support on behalf of her team.


The Health Protection exhibition stall promoted the identification and management of lead-based paint in the home, including advice on how to safely remove it. Lead-based paint can be poisonous to both humans and pets and was banned in New Zealand in 1979; however a lot of houses were built before this time so there is still potential risk of exposure.

Untreated lead poisoning can have a significant effect on children (both in the womb and throughout childhood) in terms of brain development and their ability to learn. Exposure to lead can cause symptoms such as vomiting, stomach pains, difficulty sleeping, constipation and loss of appetite in both children and adults. In extreme cases it can lead to brain damage or even fatalities. If you have concerns about lead poisoning, contact your GP to request a blood test.

The Health Protection stall had a lot of positive feedback as many attendees were not aware of the issue, particularly those who were about to buy, or had just purchased their first home and were considering renovations.

A brochure about safe removal of lead-based paint was distributed to the public for them to take home. To get a copy of the ‘Removing Lead-Based Paint’ brochure download the PDF from www.healthed.govt.nz website by searching for HE4157, or contact Sharon Parker from the Public Health Unit’s Resource Room at [email protected] 

6 Dec

Mental Health Awareness Week

Injury Prevention Aotearoa national injury prevention conference


8 Dec

What are you missing?

Taranaki pedestrian safety campaign

The Let's Go team from New Plymouth District Council, the New Plymouth Police, New Plymouth Injury Safe and Roadsafe Taranaki have joined together with Shell Todd Oil Services to deliver a pedestrian safety campaign.  Take a look at the Let's Go website for more information here.