Healthy and Safe

Healthy and safe communities

Healthy and safe communities understand the physical environment, built form and public spaces and how these impact on the health and safety of people in the city.

Wellington is one of the windiest cities in the world, and it rains about a third of the time.  While not necessarily a negative (many Wellingtonians take pride in their ‘weather-resilience’) the health and liveability of the city can be improved when these factors are considered as part of any changes to the urban and physical environment of the city. 

Sports, recreation and outdoor activities are important to the lives of Wellingtonians.  The way we plan and invest in amenities for Wellington should work to improve weather-resistant access to these important lifestyle features of our city.

Wellington has evolved in the past to work with our natural environment and location in the ‘roaring forties’ – mitigating against threats to safety (e.g. understanding the importance of the design of corner buildings to wind trajectory on a street) and celebrating the uniqueness and value that results from our geography (e.g. significant local wind energy generation).  The design and placement of open space, street lighting and pedestrian flows must be planned to enhance the safety of our streets and the attractiveness of public areas as places for people to meet and engage with each other. 

Wellington will continue to improve the liveability of the city by considering how changes to the urban and built form can support the way in which future generations live in, move around, and engage with each other.

To build healthy and safe communities, Wellington needs to:

  • Understand how urban design and built form interacts with the climate and Wellington’s environment.
  • Respond to both how people currently use, move around and engage in the city and how they would like to if supported by changes in the urban environment.