South Otago Po­lice em­brace Neigh­bourly


South Otago Po­lice have joined a grow­ing num­ber of Otago and South­land or­gan­i­sa­tions and res­i­dents em­brac­ing the Neigh­bourly phe­nom­e­non.

At last count, 13,600 peo­ple in Otago and more than 6300 in South­land had signed up to the free com­mu­nity web­site that helps neigh­bours share in­for­ma­tion and stay con­nected.

By the end of last week, more than 250 peo­ple in Bal­clutha had joined up, along with 110 in Mil­ton. Other group­ings in the Clutha Leader’s read­er­ship area in­cluded 85 in Ou­tram, 49 in Ta­panui, 47 in Lawrence, 40 in Owaka and 38 in Clin­ton.

Na­tion­ally, Neigh­bourly is clos­ing in on half a mil­lion mem­bers, who are us­ing the site to in­ter­act on top­ics rang­ing from lo­cal events and emer­gen­cies, af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties, crime and safety, coun­cil is­sues, lo­cal ser­vices -- even lost pets.

Oth­ers are us­ing the site to keep their neigh­bours up­dated on road clo­sures dur­ing floods or snow, how to get in­volved with lo­cal char­i­ties or dis­cuss the im­pact of coun­cil plans on their com­mu­nity.

An­nounc­ing their mem­ber­ship, the team from Otago Coastal Po­lice said they would use the site to post in­for­ma­tion about what’s go­ing on in dif­fer­ent parts of the re­gion, and crime pre­ven­tion ad­vice or tips.

‘‘We can also share some in­for­ma­tion on who we are look­ing for or ar­eas re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity. [We are] look­ing for­ward to help­ing our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties be safer and feel safer.’’

Neigh­bourly is also the on­line home of dig­i­tal edi­tions of the Clutha Leader, and pro­vides an easy method for com­mu­nity groups in our neigh­bour­hoods to reg­is­ter events for the news­pa­per’s ‘What’s on’ list­ings (go to

News sto­ries writ­ten by re­porters on the Clutha Leader are posted to Neigh­bourly for mem­bers to see, of­ten be­fore they ap­pear in the pa­per.

Neigh­bourly is 70 per cent owned by Fair­fax Me­dia, the owner of The Clutha Leader and Stuff.

Neigh­bourly co-founder Casey Eden said mem­ber­ship had ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘‘We wanted to do some­thing that would en­able neigh­bours and com­mu­ni­ties to share in­for­ma­tion and en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion.

‘‘We’re blown away by how many peo­ple are us­ing it.’’

To find out more about Neigh­bourly, or to sign up for free, go to neigh­


Casey Eden, co-founder of Neigh­bourly, says mem­ber­ship has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

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