Social and recreation
5.3 Public health and safety
Hauora tūmatanui me te haumanu
We work to protect Wellingtonians from threats to their health and safety.
What we do
- Burials and cremations
- Public toilets
- Public health regulations
- City safety
- Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO).
Wellington enjoys a reputation as a safe city with a vibrant CBD. We work to maintain public confidence in the safety of the city’s streets and suburbs.
Wellington’s location makes earthquake-preparedness particularly important. The city also must be prepared for other civil emergencies such as flooding and tsunami.
We have legislative requirements to maintain public health standards by regulating food and liquor outlets, animals, trade waste and managing environmental noise problems.
We also provide public toilets and cemeteries as part of our public health activities.
- We expect to close the Karori Cemetery crematorium in 2014/15. To continue providing this service, and meet air quality regulations, we would have to spend a significant amount to upgrade this facility. We believe that its current utilisation does not justify the expense and there are alternative providers of this service in the city. We are not planning any changes to burial services.
- We will review and implement changes related to the Dogs Policy and Animal Bylaw. We will implement legislative changes as a result of the introduction of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and the introduction of the new Food Act.
- We will act on our Graffiti Management Plan, which provides guidelines for the prevention and removal of graffiti vandalism. This will include funding volunteer graffiti eradication initiatives.
- We will continue to support Wellington’s World Health Organisation Safe City status through strengthening partnerships with community patrols and neighbourhood support groups, our Local Hosts programme and by working with the community and the Police to monitor CCTV safety cameras in the city.
- We will investigate how we could work with the Police to help establish Māori, Pacific and/or ethnic wardens in the city.
- We will continue to support the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office – a shared emergency management organisation for the region.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2014/15 are:
- 600 trained civil defence volunteers
- the percentage of complaints received about dogs will not increase from the previous year
- 100% of urgent dog control requests are responded to within one hour and 99% of non-urgent request within 24 hours
- 98% of food premises with an inspection rating of ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ maintain or improve their inspection rating
- 80% of residents are satisfied or neutral (neither satisfied nor dissatisfied) with the cleanliness of Council public toilets
- 95% of Council public toilets meet required cleanliness and maintenance performance standards
- 100% of urgent request about Council public toilets are responded to within four hours and 95% of non-urgent requests are responded to within three days
- 100% of planned inspections are carried out for high-risk (category 3) premises
- 25% of inspections of high-risk premises (category 3) are carried out during high trading hours.
What it will costTop
|5.3 - Public health and safety||Operating expenditure 2014/15||Capital expenditure |
|5.3.1 - Burials and cremations||(828)||1,637||809||280|
|5.3.2 - Public toilets||-||2,432||2,432||987|
|5.3.3 - Public health regulations||(3,182)||4,726||1,544||-|
|5.3.4 - City safety||-||2,138||2,138||-|
|5.3.5 - WREMO||(29)||1,387||1,358||43|
|2014/15 5.3 Total||(4,039)||12,320||8,281||1,310|
|2012–22 LTP Yr 3 Total||(3,560)||12,589||9,029||934|
|Variance 2012–22 LTP Yr 3 to AP 14/15||(479)||(269)||(748)||376|