Building safer communities to live, work and play.

The Building Safer Communities team is a dedicated and passionate group, wholeheartedly committed to their community’s well-being.

Sound governance is provided by Executive Committee members from the local community who have worked in the private sector and also in government departments.

Collectively they provide much needed support to the community in areas identified by the Far North people – in a collaborative way with other agencies.

Our brands + initiatives

Licence courses

( Learners / Restricted / Full )

Driving lessons

Defensive Driving Course
(DDC)

Driving assessments

Basic Handling Skills

( Motorcycles / Motorbikes )

Youth Space

OSCAR
Holiday Programme

Programmes + Workshops

Therapy and support for the victims of sexual violence

A Kaitaia community safety initiative delivered through CCTV, alarm monitoring and security systems

Free graffiti removal for all properties in the Kaitaia district

AutoMotivate

We have developed a comprehensive programme that aims to eliminate obstacles hindering individuals from acquiring their Driver’s License within a whānau ora framework.

This initiative aims to contribute to safer roads, foster responsible drivers, and ultimately ensure the safety of whānau.

By enhancing accessibility to training and employment opportunities, we seek to facilitate personal development and enhance the prospects of individuals within our community.

Youth Innovations

Our primary focus revolves around cultivating youth leadership skills that facilitate pathways toward higher education and work placement.

We are dedicated to nurturing the abilities of young individuals, empowering them to create and implement innovative youth-led programs, projects, and activities within the community.

Indigo House

Indigo House represents a community-driven initiative dedicated to addressing the issue of sexual violence through comprehensive measures encompassing education, prevention, and intervention.

Our ultimate objective is to enhance outcomes for victims and survivors. This is accomplished by adopting an integrated and coordinated approach that engages the entire community.

By actively involving all stakeholders, we strive to create a safer and more supportive environment, ensuring the well-being and empowerment of those affected by sexual violence.

Total Security

A community-driven initiative aimed at minimising crime and victimisation in Kaitaia through the implementation of crime prevention strategies.

These strategies are collaboratively developed and implemented by the community in partnership with the NZ Police, local businesses, and business associations.

Graffiti Guard

Our organisation has implemented a proactive program that collaborates with the community to address the issue of graffiti on both private and public property.

This initiative is made possible through funding provided by local businesses and the Te Hiku Community Board.

Our aim is to actively engage with the community, promoting a cleaner environment and preserving the aesthetic appeal of our surroundings.

Together, we work towards the common goal of eradicating graffiti and maintaining the integrity of our public spaces.

Meet our team

ANGELA PHILLIPPS

Manager
Building Safer Communities

Angela Phillipps

“My passion for serving people and the community makes me ideally suited for my role at Building Safer Communities (BSC). I thrive on making things happen, regardless of the project’s size, because the outcomes are incredibly important to me. Whether it’s through small initiatives or large-scale projects, my focus is always on achieving meaningful results that benefit those around me.

With over 20 years of experience working for national corporates, I have honed my skills in developing and implementing award-winning marketing strategies. My background includes leading diverse teams, including call centers, sales teams, and marketing professionals, and bringing innovative campaigns to market.

I am driven by the belief embodied in the saying, ‘What’s the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata – it’s about the people, the people, the people. This principle guides my work at BSC, where I am dedicated to creating safer, stronger communities. I find fulfilment in helping others and making a positive impact on their lives, and I am committed to continuing this mission through my role at BSC.”

SKY ROPATI

Office Manager
Building Safer Communities

Sky Ropati

“As the Office Manager, I am driven by boundless energy and enthusiasm, making me the perfect fit for my role at Building Safer Communities (BSC) as no two days are ever the same. My innate passion for organisation and efficiency coupled with meticulous attention ensures I ‘fit right in’ in the fast-paced environments that is BSC.

Every morning, I wake up with a passion for making a difference through my position at BSC. Being involved from an operational perspective allows me to tangibly contribute to the organisation’s overall success. I thrive on improving efficiency and ensuring smooth operations. I find immense satisfaction in the knowledge that we as a collective are making a lasting impact on our community.”

JOHN-DANIEL (JD) KELLY

Youth Navigator
AutoMotivate

John-Daniel (JD) Kelly

“My ability to connect with rangatahi through my own journey provides me with a unique way of connection in my role at Building Safer Communities (BSC). Transitioning from the labour industry, I bring a fresh perspective and a wealth of life experiences to my work with young people.

While this is my first formal role in this field, my previous experience facilitating a men’s group has equipped me with valuable skills in communication and group dynamics. Patience, adaptability, and reliability are among my key strengths, complemented by my honest and relatable approach to engaging with rangatahi.

I am deeply passionate about guiding rangatahi towards a positive path in life, recognising the potential for transformation and growth in every individual. Witnessing the impact of our interventions, which often prove to be life-changing and inspiring, reaffirms my commitment to this work. Helping others find their way and achieve their goals is immensely rewarding, driving my dedication to making a difference in the lives of young people in our community.”

NICK JONES

Driver Navigator / Instructor
AutoMotivate

Nick Jones

“With over 40 years of driving experience and a passion for road safety, I am well-suited to my role as a driving instructor at Building Safer Communities (BSC). Meeting and helping people brings me great satisfaction, and I am committed to making our roads safer one driver at a time.

My professional journey includes approximately 15 years as a driving instructor for both cars and motorcycles. I am an Approved AA Defensive Driving Course Facilitator and a Motorcycle Basic Handling Skills Assessor. Learning from some of the best in the business, and drawing from my father’s extensive experience as New Zealand’s longest-serving testing officer and a traffic cop, has provided me with a solid foundation in this field.

My key skills include a deep knowledge of road laws, the ability to think outside the box, and expertise in identifying and correcting bad driver traits. I relish challenges and am dedicated to road safety. I believe in changing the way drivers think to ensure safer roads for everyone, and I take pride in my role in making this happen, one driver at a time.”

TIM PIO

Operations
Total Security

Tim Pio

“My community-minded approach ensures that every task I undertake is completed to a high standard, and when faced with challenges I am determined to find solutions and doing my absolute best to meet the needs of our clients at Building Safer Communities (BSC).

My professional background includes experience as an accounts manager where I learned valuable skills in account management, navigating competitive environments, and leveraging partnerships for promotional success. This role honed my ability to stay focused and effectively utilise resources from larger companies to achieve goals.

In addition to my professional skills, I am a pretty good cook and not afraid to get my hands dirty when needed. I can converse in three languages—English, Samoan, and basic Te Reo Māori—enabling me to connect with a diverse range of people. My passion for creating a safe community, especially for the very old and very young, drives my work. Witnessing the positive impact of supportive environments on young people’s growth motivates me, and I am dedicated to contributing to the well-being of our community for the sake of my family and everyone in it.”

HINEMOA TIPENE

Youth Navigator
Youth Innovations

Hinemoa Tipene

“Passion drives me in the role I hold as Youth Navigator at Building Safer Communities (BSC). With over a decade of experience and a wealth of local community connections, I bring a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of young people in our area.

My professional journey spans various roles within youth development, including Alternative Education, Employment Coaching, and Youth Mentoring, alongside the unique experience of raising three teenagers of my own. I have a knack for organising large community events and facilitating group sessions, honing my skills to empower and uplift our youth.

I am driven by a deep-rooted passion for community and a commitment to fostering positive change for all. My can-do attitude and belief in the transformative power of collective action fuel my dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of young people and our broader community.”

KIRI WARU

Youth Navigator
Youth Innovations

“I am passionate about helping young people realise their potential, understanding the unique challenges they face today. Born and raised in the Far North, I bring a deep connection to the community and lifelong networks that share my vision for supporting our whānau. My commitment to our taiohi and my keen interest in their well-being make me well-suited for my role at Building Safer Communities (BSC).

My professional journey has provided me with a wealth of transferable skills in the hauora of whānau. I have worked in the social service sector with young people and have a diploma in Whānau Ora and a Level 6 certification in Te Reo Māori. My reliability and effective communication skills have earned the trust of our whānau, and I have a strong network of community connections developed over many years. I enjoy facilitating group sessions and one-on-one mentoring, always keeping the best interests of our whānau at heart.

I believe in the power of our taiohi as future leaders and feel blessed to work with them. As a parent of two young daughters, my work helps me understand and support my own whānau while contributing to the broader community. By uplifting and equipping our taiohi, we are building the future leaders of our nation. “Nāu te routou, Nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te Iwi” – with your food basket and my food basket, the people will prosper.”

BEV PHILLIPPS

Contract Administrator
Indigo House

Bev Phillipps

“I have a genuine passion for helping others and a natural affinity for connecting with people. Drawing from years of experience in customer service and my background as a registered nurse, I bring a unique perspective to client interactions. My commitment to treating each individual with empathy and respect, regardless of their background or circumstances, is deeply ingrained in my approach to my work.

My key skill lies in my ability to truly listen to others, understanding that sometimes what isn’t said speaks volumes. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for clients, where they feel empowered to share their experiences and seek support. It’s incredibly rewarding to play a role in guiding individuals on their journey to healing, witnessing the transformation from uncertainty to hope. I consider myself privileged to be able to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve at Building Safer Communities.”

RUTH ARONA

Receptionist
Building Safer Communities

“As the Receptionist and Administration Support at Building Safer Communities (BSC) you have to be able to adapt and be flexible as each day is so different. We welcome clients from diverse backgrounds, and my ability to adjust my working approach and communication style fosters positive interactions.

I have extensive experience working with rangatahi of all ages through teacher aiding and relief teaching. Additionally, I have professional experience in business administration. These roles have equipped me with skills in coordinating events, managing inquiries and finances, community engagement, and various administrative tasks.

I am passionate about the Kaitaia/Te Hiku community, having lived here my entire life. My motivation comes from a desire to contribute positively to our community’s well-being. I love that my mahi makes all clients feel included and valued when they walk through the door. Creating a safer place to live, work, and play is an amazing initiative, and I am blessed to be a part of this positive journey for our community.”

MICHAELA JOB

Receptionist
Building Safer Communities

“As the front-facing person at Building Safer Communities (BSC), I am the first point of contact for whānau when they walk through our doors. Being a local girl from the Far North, I have a strong connection to our community and take pride in my friendly, welcoming manner. My passion for serving people is evident in every interaction, ensuring that everyone feels valued and supported.

I bring a wealth of experience from various front-facing roles, including positions in retail sales, banking, and hospitality. These roles have equipped me with a diverse skill set in customer service, enhancing my ability to meet the needs of our community effectively.

I am driven by a desire to help our people, rangatahi, and community thrive. Watching whānau leave our doors with smiles and a sense of achievement is incredibly rewarding and affirms my commitment to making a positive impact.”

BUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES

Executive Committee

Rowena Jones

ROWENA JONES

Board Chair

Earl Joe

EARL JOE

Board Member

Mareea Paitai

MAREEA PAITAI

Board Member

Melanie Dalziel

MELANIE DALZIEL

Board Member

Our Vision

Building Safer Communities to live work and play.

Our Mission

To inspire positive change and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve.

Our Values

In everything we do, we act with integrity, compassion, and respect. Our commitment to being accountable to our community is paramount.

  • Innovative leadership to achieve collective impact with key community stakeholders for safer public spaces, work places, roads, homes, environments and families.
  • Develop a caring community that has the courage to stand up against acts of violence and abuse.
  • Reduce harm and injury by being victim focused.
  • Provide guidance, mentorship and positive opportunities for youth to become active and engaged citizens.
  • Ensure the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpin the design of our initiatives, with a focus on kotahitanga, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga.
  • Develop and deliver a holistic and inclusive approach to health and wellness initiatives.
  • Create safer citizens through evidence based injury and violence prevention strategies to create safer communities.
  • Provide educational opportunities that are preventative and empowering to build resilience in the community.
  • Identify and implement prevention measures that ensure the community and it’s visitors have a safe place to live, work and play.
  • Recognise The Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

We’re giving them something to talk about

NEWS + MEDIA FEATURING BUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES STAFF + INITIATIVES

THE NORTHLAND AGE | 11 MAY 2023

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THE NORTHLAND AGE | 13 APRIL 2023

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Z ENERGY | 23 FEBRUARY 2023

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Our Partners

Of course, we are not able to do any of this mahi for our community if it wasn’t for our our funding sponsors.

We are so grateful for their support.