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New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve 2016/2017

Happy New Year!

Ensuring your safety over summer is Tauranga City Council’s main priority. Remember, there will not be a public organised event at the Mount Main Beach this year. Council is focussing on wider city activities for summer and New Year’s Eve, including the new youth event “Frequency NYE” at ASB Baypark Arena Council is focussing on and the central city fireworks.

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Put safety first this New Year’s Eve in Tauranga

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Safety on New Year at Mount Main Beach

What is happening at Tauranga on New Year’s Eve 2016/2017?

  1. Tauranga City Council will no longer offer an organised event at Mount Maunganui and will focus instead on measures that provide a safer environment on New Year’s Eve. 
  2. Council will invest solely in safety measures at Mount Maunganui, such as traffic management, lighting of dark areas and the beach, fencing of vulnerable areas, security to support NZ Police and other emergency services.
  3. There will be a fireworks display from a central city location that will be able to be enjoyed from across the city.
  4. A youth event will be held at ASB Arena to meet the demand of a youth-targeted (under 18) event in the city. This demand was evident from the demographic profile of 2015/16 New Year’s Eve attendees.
  5. The Council’s summer events programme will continue as it has in previous years, to be run from 20 December 2016 – 8 January 2017. The summer events programme aims to engage residents and visitors throughout the busiest summer period in Mount Maunganui. There will be a series of events taking place over the Christmas and New Year period, providing activities to be enjoyed by all audiences with an emphasis on attracting families to the area. 
  6. Council will work alongside NZ Police to inform residents and visitors on how to plan ahead and how to stay safe during New Year’s Eve in Tauranga.

Why is Council not offering an organised event on New Year’s Eve at Mount Maunganui Main Beach anymore?

  1. The New Year’s Eve event is the highest risk event in Tauranga. Issues of crowd control and safety arising from the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve event led to Tauranga City Council and NZ Police, in collaboration with other stakeholders, revisiting the activities on offer in the city to achieve a safer environment for our communities, in particular at Mount Maunganui Main Beach. 
  2. Tauranga City Council and NZ Police have invested a significant amount of time and effort investigating all the relevant information on the issues that occurred during the 2015/16 NYE event. NZ Police reported that there was an increase in the serious nature of sexual offending and serious assaults. Different options to provide a vibrant and safe city were reviewed to ensure the decision was as informed as possible.
  3. Council intends to make a visible change and shift from managing public disorder to managing public safety, working towards providing a safe family event in the future. This is the first step in a staged approach that will take some time. 
  4. Council is working alongside NZ Police and other key organisations to put in place enhanced emergency service planning and proactive safety controls to work towards a safer place for our communities.
  5. Review of New Year’s Eve event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach:
    1. Council, in collaboration with key stakeholders such as NZ Police and St John, has undergone a detailed review of the current event structure. This included impact and risk assessments as well as independent reviews.
    2. As a result, four alternative event options have been considered in order to achieve a safer environment for the community. These included: keeping the current format, changing the event to a family festival, more than one event in the city, ticketed events and changes to the site layout.
    3. Further investigation of these options made it clear that in order to manage the risks associated with an event on New Year’s Eve, cost of implementing a safe event would increase significantly. 
    4. The proposed option to not offer an organised event on New Year’s Eve proved to be the most sustainable option under the current circumstances for this year’s New Year’s Eve in Tauranga.

What will happen on New Year’s Eve in the future?

  1. How New Year’s Eve in Tauranga will look in the future is yet to be determined; all strategic decisions will be based on building a safe environment for our visitors and residents on a busy night in our city. This will be assessed and determined over time, however, the new approach needs to start now for 2016/17. 
  2. Mount Maunganui Main Beach has a legacy for being the place to go for New Year’s Eve. Council is therefore mandated by our communities to put all possible measures in place to protect people and environment. 
  3. There remains a need for a safe event that can be enjoyed by families and friends and this is the first step towards that direction.

Media Release

Put safety first this New Year’s Eve in Tauranga

Changed New Year’s Eve activities in Tauranga

Full Report

Full Report and the audio record of the meeting

Last Reviewed: 21/12/2016