Safe Zone set up

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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