Hal­loween high­light for Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

Ghosts, ghouls and phan­toms will be dress­ing to im­press this Hal­loween.

Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port Auck­land is kick­ing off its Neigh­bour­hood Week with a cos­tume com­pe­ti­tion.

The week, from Satur­day to Novem­ber 9, is also the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual ap­peal.

Chair­man Kevin Hicks says they are des­per­ate for vol­un­teers to do street col­lect­ing on Fri­day and Satur­day around Auck­land. The money will go to­wards op­er­at­ing costs that grant fund­ing doesn’t cover, he says.

“We can re­spond to par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tions much quicker if we have some dis­cre­tionary fund­ing.”

Vol­un­teer Tr­ish Maxwell has worked with Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port for 20 years and will be tak­ing grand­sons Ree­gan Pukepuke, 9, and Ja­cob Ryan, 2, out col­lect­ing.

“It’s good to be able to high­light the safety prin­ci­ples of Hal­loween,” she says.

“It’s some­thing some peo­ple don’t like but it’s here to stay and you’ve got to come up with a safety plan for kids to go out.”

To en­ter the cos­tume com­pe­ti­tion, chil­dren can up­load pho­tos of their Hal­loween cos­tumes to the Neigh­bour- hood Sup­port web­site or post them to the PO Box ad­dress by noon on Mon­day.

Chil­dren also have to an­swer a se­ries of ques­tions in­clud­ing what num­ber to call in an emer­gency, who to call when re­port­ing crimes that hap­pened in the past and where their near­est po­lice sta­tion is.

Com­mu­nity con­sta­bles and com­mu­nity board mem­bers will be re­spon­si­ble for judg­ing the best out­fits and giv­ing out prizes.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a street party on Satur­day at Sun­ny­dene Spe­cial School from 1pm to 3pm for peo­ple in the Three Kings area.

Fire safety will also be high­lighted around Guy Fawkes, on Novem­ber 5.

Mr Hicks says Neigh­bour­hood Week is about neigh­bours and com­mu­ni­ties get­ting to know one an­other.

“If they know each other, peo­ple are more likely to be able to look af­ter each other. It’s much safer than if they are strangers.”

Money raised in the ap­peal will help pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture like crime alerts and in­for­ma­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Neigh­bour­hood Week or to vol­un­teer, go to www. auck­land.neigh­bour­hood sup­port.com.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Grue­some guys: Ree­gan Pukepuke, 9, left, and Ja­cob Ryan, 2, dressed for Hal­loween.

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