|Gollum greets visitors at Wellington, New Zealand airport - photo Mateja Mihinjac|
New Zealand is a lyrical land with people not quite Elven and certainly not Orc, yet totally marvelous. No wonder the Lord of the Rings was filmed in this beautiful country. And there is reason for jubilation beyond tourism, this time from SafeGrowth innovations in Christchurch.
|Reopening the trolly line in downtown Christchurch - photo by Nathan|
|Phillipstown community centre - police and citizens together in SafeGrowth teams|
SAFEGROWTH IN CHRISTCHURCH
One team created a model asset map. Another, the Paeora Reserve team, found funding to install solar tables and couches to activate a public park. In Phillipstown, SafeGrowth followed a neighborhood policing team who conducted successful problem-oriented policing to cut crime (winning a national award for policing excellence). That cleared the way for SafeGrowth strategies to build cohesion and establish sustainable community development so problems don’t return. Now the team is cracking negative stereotypes of their neighborhood.
That's the difference between a resident and a responsible citizen!
|West Riccarton team members planning improvements to a local park|
This is impressive work! Christchurch seems to have learned an essential lesson – that the hackneyed phrase community development has little meaning without legs. It cannot materialize without a coherent planning method like SafeGrowth. Without that, it is filled with fail.