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This monthly round up of Takapuna community news is contributed by Rachael Bro, Takapuna North Community Co-ordinator.

I have recently attended a community forum in Sunnynook discussing local concerns with the major issue being public transport. Noticing Kaipatiki and Devonport have also had meetings regarding bus transport issues, I believe we need to collect evidence to present as measurable data for the North Shore Auckland Transport consultation process (proposed for early 2015).

If we are to achieve our desired results of a reliable, frequent and safe bus service for all, especially for those most requiring it; in my opinion we need to prepare sufficiently to advocate for adequate transport systems that work for us on the North Shore. I think it is a good idea to be thinking well ahead of our needs and how to articulate these clearly for maximum result.

The Auckland Council web page has a number of interesting submissions currently open for feedback. Submissions for the Local Alcohol policy close 16 July. Get in quick to have your say. The proposed Unitary Plan is also available with the submissions that were made. Further submissions can be made until 5pm Tuesday 22 July 2014.

‘Safe Spaces’ for Children and Young People to Address Bullying

Anti-bullying project, Stand by ME – currently being implemented in schools on the North Shore, has been extended to provide Safe Spaces - in the community.  Stand by ME - Safe Spaces has launched a pilot project on Auckland’s North Shore and Rodney providing access to support at three Council facilities - Glenfield Leisure Centre, Orewa Library and Takapuna Library.  The launch of the first two Stand by ME - Safe Spaces coincided with Pink Shirt Day (a national anti-bullying awareness campaign). The third Stand by ME - Safe Spaces at Takapuna Library will open in August after the library re-opens post refurbishment. Each site will have a counsellor; support and referral services available for young people who feel un- safe, or are being bullied in public spaces outside of school hours.
Stand by Me Project Coordinator – Anna Crane has been in consultation with young people about what they would find helpful; at these sites.  Responses have included ensuring that the space is very child and youth friendly and enabling access to cyber counselling services and other sites that deal with bullying. Stand by ME Safe Spaces – is a joint initiative between North Shore Community and Social Services and the Violence Prevention Community Development and Safety team at Auckland Council.

“Stand by Me is about effecting positive social change in the community to reduce bullying of children and young people.  We’re working well with schools in North Auckland but we also recognised that the community has a greater role to play in safeguarding children and young people.  That is why the Stand by Me Safe Spaces pilot project came about.” says Anna.

Rachael Bro
Takapuna North Community Co-ordinator


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