News and Information – The Pōneke Promise: One Year Later

“Collaborating makes work easier”

The continued benefits of the partnership approach are evident to New Zealand Police Wellington Region Commander Inspector Dean Silvester.

“One of the best things about the Pōneke Promise has been its ability to bring together diverse organizations, with the single common goal of making Wellington city safer. Collaboration makes work easier and, ultimately, it means better results for the community,” says Dean.

We’ve had some great wins, including opening two new community spaces and growing our network of skilled tutors, but we’re just getting started and look forward to more projects and growing the program. With this in mind, we recently welcomed Victoria University and the Department of Social Development (MSD) on board.

Wellington City Council chief executive Barbara McKerrow said continuing to build strong partnerships is key to the programme’s continued success.

“There are a lot of factors at play in the city centre, which is why it is important that we have a strong team of partners to keep the city safe at all levels. This shared ownership of the program and a commitment to execution are what make the Pōneke promise so unique and so strong.

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