We still think Porirua is safe
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.