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 nbly.nz/clu).
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 neighbourly.co.nz
Casey Eden, co-founder of Neighbourly, says membership has exceeded expectations.