East and Bays Courier - - P13 P46 -

Since launch­ing in June 2014 Neighbourly’s mem­ber­ship has now hit 500,000 mem­bers. With one in four Kiwi house­holds now us­ing the site, the pace of growth on New Zealand’s first free and pri­vate com­mu­nity web­site rep­re­sents Ki­wis’ de­sire to be­come bet­ter con­nected in their lo­cal neigh­bour­hoods. En­abling mem­bers to share ad­vice, plan events, find em­ploy­ment and lost pets, dis­cuss com­mu­nity is­sues, and ex­change rec­om­men­da­tions for lo­cal ser­vices, Neighbourly was es­tab­lished to help neigh­bours get to know each other bet­ter. There are now 260 neigh­bour­hoods with more than 500 mem­bers. Re­muera takes the top spot at 5015 mem­bers with 31 per cent of its house­holds signed up. Sub­urbs on the heels of Re­muera are St He­liers with 3505 mem­bers and Mt Welling­ton with 2811 mem­bers. To be­come a mem­ber visit


Em­brace Fi­jian Lan­guage Week from Oc­to­ber 8. At­tend events, use Fi­jian greet­ings, and pro­mote the lan­guage in schools, work­places and com­mu­nity groups. Fi­jian Lan­guage Week runs un­til Satur­day Oc­to­ber 14 and the 2017 theme is ‘‘Noqu vosa, me’u bula taka’’, which means ‘‘my lan­guage, learn it, speak it, live it’’. This is the fifth of seven Pa­cific lan­guage weeks this year.


New Zealand’s na­tional Safer Boating Week from Oc­to­ber 13 to 20 has an im­por­tant new mes­sage for boat­ies: If you can’t call for help, we can’t res­cue you. While a life­jacket helps you to stay afloat, it’s not enough to get you res­cued. For seven years the fo­rum suc­cess­fully fo­cused on life­jack­ets. As the num­ber of recre­ational boat­ies in­creased over that time, the per­cent­ages car­ry­ing life­jack­ets on board and those wear­ing them have also in­creased. An es­ti­mated 86 per cent of boat­ies take life­jack­ets with them on their boats, and 76 per cent wear their life­jack­ets all or most of the time on the wa­ter. At the same time, only 38 per cent of boat­ies take two wa­ter­proof ways to call for help and the most com­mon de­vice they take is a cell­phone.

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