20 Jul 2011

Women's safe zone planned for Rugby World Cup

3:03 pm on 20 July 2011

A safe zone for women will be set up in Auckland during the Rugby World Cup.

Groups which deal with violence against women have met representatives of police, Auckland Council and the Rugby World Cup organisers to decide what can be done to lower the risk during the tournament.

Auckland's deputy mayor Penny Hulse says the council wants to set up an area next to the busy party central venue for women who may feel unsafe or find themselves in trouble with alcohol or drugs.

Ms Hulse says it is part of the council's responsibility to keep people safe during the tournament.

She says it wants to work with other organisations and will be holding meetings with services such as St John Ambulance this week.