Safe Zone set up
Late-night revellers who get into strife will find professional support in the Safe Zone. Located in Queen Elizabeth Square, opposite Britomart, the Safe Zone is where people can sober up, hydrate, get support or minor treatment. ‘‘The idea of setting up a place of safety came about from agencies witnessing the levels of intoxication and vulnerability of people within the central city,’’ councillor Cathy Casey says. The Safe Zone is run by Auckland Council, ACC, St John and youth support group Red Frogs New Zealand. It is open every Friday and Saturday until the end of March from 10pm till 5am. The last two weeks have seen more than 3100 visiting for support and hydration and another 28 assessed by St John staff.