We still think Porirua is safe

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

The per­cep­tion of Porirua as safe re­mains high, al­though the num­ber who say it is a bet­ter place to live than three years ago is fall­ing.

The Porirua City Coun­cil’s sur­vey shows 53 per cent re­gard the city as ‘‘mostly’’ a safe place, and 34 per cent said ‘‘ def­i­nitely’’. When asked if Porirua was a bet­ter place to live than three years ago, 42 per cent said yes, down from 49 per cent in 2012.

Those who think Porirua is bet­ter were mostly Maori and Pa­cific Is­land res­i­dents, non-ratepay­ers and those who live in a house­hold that earns less than $80,000.

The most pes­simistic part of the city was the north, with just 28 per cent of those sur­veyed choos­ing ‘‘ def­i­nitely’’ when asked is Porirua a safe place to live.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he was al­ways con­cerned about statis­tics that showed peo­ple did not feel safe. He doubted there was a com­mu­nity any­where in New Zealand that would re­turn 100 per cent in the right col­umn.

‘‘ I also don’t think it’s com­pletely the coun­cil’s role in en­sur­ing peo­ple feel safe, but we can help cre­ate the right en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said. ‘‘ Po­lice, Com­mu­nity Guardians, Maori war­dens and the com­mu­ni­ties them­selves must take own­er­ship. It’s about in­ter­nal pride and there’s plenty of that in Porirua.’’

National me­dia’s ig­nor­ing of the city’s crime fig­ures – the low­est in the re­gion – and haste to link Porirua with gangs was frus­trat­ing, he said.

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