Road Safety

Kidsafe Taranaki Car Seat Clinics

Kidsafe Taranaki is a charitable trust formed in 1994 to reduce unintentional injuries to children/tamariki in Taranaki. Trust membership currently includes Taranaki District Health Board, ACC, Plunket, Tui Ora, New Plymouth Injury Safe and community volunteers.  Kidsafe Taranaki is also a partner in the New Plymouth injury Safe (NPiS) Trust which is responsible for New Plymouth District’s International Safe Community accreditation programme.
Kidsafe Taranaki uses local child injury data to plan and co-ordinate a variety of community projects on priority injury issues.   One such project is the newly developed Car Seat Clinics initiative.  Commencing from June 2018, these involve qualifiied technicians supporting Taranaki whānau with the correct use and installation of car seats for babies and children.  These free clinics will be occuring in 5 locaitons around Taranaki, on an ongoing basis.
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Live Stronger for Longer: Preventing Falls and Fractures

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 and click here for a programme summary.
Local key agencies including New Plymouth Injury Safe, 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.  Further support involves assistance from home with a falls prevention therapist or by attending any of of the numerous 'Community Strength and Balance' classes throughout Taranaki, which are required to meet a set of clinical criteria.  Not only are these classes safe and fun, but they are designed to improve balance and strengthen muscles, hence reduce your risk of falling. 

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!   Below is some more information about the Community Strength and Balance programme in Taranaki, and its Coordinator, Hilary Blackstock, click here.   


Suicide Prevention

Conversations about Suicide: 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.



Injury Statistics

2016 International Safe Community Re-accreditation

New Plymouth District was proud to be first designated an International Safe Community in 2005. We became the 95th designated International Safe Community in the world and the third community in New Zealand to be accredited. We were also the first community in New Zealand to be accredited by the Certifying Centre of the Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ). 
Eleven years later, on 8 December 2016, we were re-designated an International Safe Community for the third time! A copy of our re-accreditation application which includes a detailed history of the safety work that NPiS and the community undertook during 2010-2016 is available by clicking here.

Alcohol + Drugs

Community Toolkit for making submissions on alcohol

Alcohol outlets are within a short driving distance for most New Zealanders. Off-licence alcohol outlet density is greatest in the most deprived areas.
Hazardous drinkers living within the most deprived urban areas are more likely to live within two minutes’ drive of multiple off-licence alcohol outlets than hazardous drinkers living in the least deprived urban areas.
There are ways in which you can influence local decisions about alcohol in your community. For example decision about when and where alcohol can be sold and drinking in public places are decisions that are made by district councils.
In 2014/15 the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group was heavily involved in developing a national resource for communities wanting to be involved in decision making about alcohol at a local level.  Click here for a digital copy of this toolkit.

Alcohol + Drugs

Parent Pack

Risky behaviours can occur when teenagers drink alcohol. Risky behaviour can have both short-term and long-term impacts, which is why it is important to change the community attitudes surrounding alcohol, and stop underage drinking from being the norm.

This Parent Pack Toolkit was developed by the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction Group to help guide parents and caregivers of young people when concerned about alcohol access. Click here to read a digital copy of this toolkit.


Safe Footwear Campaign

In April 2014 New Plymouth Injury Safe launched a campaign for safe footwear. Local research in 2013 showed that inappropriate footwear was one of the major causes of falls in the working age population.
Displays, a bad shoe amnesty, workplace quizzes, and media articles all formed part of the campaign.

Road Safety

What are you missing? Pedestrian Safety Campaign

We want to encourage all walkers, runners and riders to be seen!
With daylight saving ending, a collabaortive group of road safety workers decided it was time to take steps to make sure everyone can be seen when out walking, running and riding on Taranaki roads.
It's amazing the difference a reflective strip can have on being seen when out on our roads at dusk. In April this year Let's Go, Shell Todd, Police, New Plymouth injury Safe and Roadsafe Taranaki were out on our roads rewarding walkers, runners and riders who are wearing reflective clothing or have lights on with chocolate Those who didn't have anything were given a reflective backpack cover, armband or front and rear bike lights to ensure they could be more easily seen on our roads.
The key messages of the campaign were:    
  • Drivers think ahead about the possibility of sunstrike or sections of heavy shading on the road. Look twice to  make sure there isn't a child waiting at a pedestrian crossing or a cyclist ahead of you in the light.
  • If a school bus has stopped to let off or pick up students, remember the law states 20 km/h past (IN BOTH DIRECTIONS), if a child is running late or in a hurry, they can sometimes dart out in front or behind a bus.
  • It is starting to get dark in the late afternoon as winter draws near and early mornings, if you're commuting home actively or out for some exercise ensure you can be seen. Wear high viz or reflective clothing if walking/running and if riding you must have a front and rear light visible from 100m away and pedal reflectors. And if you're driving turn on your headlights.
  • Never assume you have been seen.
  • Role model the right behaviour.

Work Place Safety

Taranaki Secondary Schools Agricultural Safety Challenge

The Taranaki Secondary Schools Agricultural Safety Challenge is a hands-on, practical event held annually that aims to increase students awareness of agricultural hazards and safe farming practices. It is organised by Agriculture New Zealand and funded by New Plymouth injury Safe. It has the support of a number of local organisations including Taratahi, New Plymouth Police, NZ Fire Service, the Red Cross, ACC and Francis Douglas Memorial College.
Teams, up of four students from each school, undertake up to 8 safety challenges focusing on tractor driving, use of firearms, ATV driving, chemical handling, fire safety, livestock handling, first aid and working at heights. They are marked on their safetyknowledge and skills and provided with feedback at the end of each session.
Organiser Gerard Karalus from Agriculture New Zealand says the competition, unique to Taranaki, has been going for 17 years and the standard continues to rise. ‘‘It’s very rewarding to see the level of safety awareness the students have now and everyone really enjoys the day which depends on so many organisations to make it a success.

Work Place Safety

Taranaki Apprentice Safety Challenge

The Taranaki Construction Safety Group organise the annual Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event. This practical and interactive competition tests the safety knowledge and skills of trades apprentices from local trades and construction industries. The competition consists of a range of practical challenges, each lasting 20 minutes, focusing on safety topics such as working at heights, road safety, fire safety, manual handling, home safety, physical fitness and electrical safety. The activities are run by local safety groups and construction companies.
Winners receive the Master Builders Apprentice Safety Trophy. 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.
The sixth annual safety challenge for Taranaki apprentices was held in May 2014. The Master Builders shield was won by the Energyworks team after a contest over ten activities.  If you have a young workforce or would like to provide an apprentice with a different challenge register your interest in the 2015 challenge!