Preventing injuries in your community

We work with trusted organisations to prevent injuries throughout New Zealand.

Community statistics

If you'd like information on injuries in your community, email the data team.

We partner with New Zealand communities to support the good work they’re doing on injury and violence prevention.

Protecting your tamariki

The four most common dangers to New Zealand kids are:

  • falls
  • burns
  • poisonings
  • drownings.  

Together, they make up 50% of injuries children sustain. We focus on reducing the incidence and severity of injuries to children 14 years and under. 

On average, each year 180,000 children injure themselves due to a fall, burn, poisoning, or drowning. These injuries can have a significant impact on the child and their families.

Who we work with

To deliver programmes to help reduce injuries to Kiwi kids we work with:

  • SafeKids
  • Plunket
  • St John. 

Reducing alcohol-related harm

There are many alcohol harm prevention groups in our communities and regions. These groups work towards reducing the severity and number of injuries related to alcohol harm.

Who we work with

We work with organisations such as:

  • the Health Promotion Agency (HPA)
  • local and district councils
  • New Zealand Police
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Primary health organisations (PHOs)
  • St John, Wellington Free Ambulance
  • the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

Getting injury prevention into your communities

We're reaching communities through our injury prevention specialists. These specialists work with community groups to develop, support and enable their communities.

Who we partner with

We partner with Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ) to support individual communities. Through SCFNZ, communities can become accredited as safe. To become accredited, many different sectors in the community need to work together to implement the Safe Community framework.

This framework has reduced injuries, crime and violence. It includes:

  • road safety campaigns
  • falls prevention initiatives
  • water safety
  • safety at work
  • safer public places
  • reduced alcohol-related harm
  • overall violence prevention.

Currently, 2.8 million New Zealanders live in an accredited safe community.

Our community partners supporting children and families

Plunket leads the way in preventing injuries to children under five years old. We're supporting Plunket to develop injury prevention capabilities within their staff.


Safekids delivers the 'Make Your Home a Safety Zone' campaign. This helps reduce the number and severity of injuries to children at home.

Safekids Aotearoa

The St John's in schools programme teaches children responding to an emergency, first aid and injury prevention. This programme is for primary and intermediate age children.

St John in Schools

Our partnership with SCFNZ enables 25 accredited safe communities around the country to prevent harm and injuries in their community.

Safe Communities Foundation

Last published: 8 December 2020