Show neighbours respect
Your house is your personal space, and you’ll most likely have multiple neighbours next door.
We like our family to feel safe and be protected at home, however, there will be times when you’ll have disagreements with your neighbours.
Normally, if you have an issue with your neighbour, your first avenue would be to speak with them in a civil neighbourly manner. Discuss with your neighbours about the issue and how it’s affecting you, then try to reach a resolution peacefully.
Issues that have been brought to my attention recently are:
Noise: If your neighbour is making excessively loud noises late at night where it becomes a nuisance, you can either ask your neighbour to lower the volume, or contact the council and make a noise complaint.
Trees: If your neighbour’s tree branches overhang across the boundary onto your side, you may trim them back to the boundary, but not further.
Trespass: Basically anyone entering your property without your consent are considered as trespassing. You can either trespass them verbally or in written form. If they return after they’ve been trespassed, they’ll be liable to prosecutions by police.
Rubbish: If an excessive amount of rubbish is accumulating on your neighbour’s property or in public, the council can investigate further and take action if required. Under the Resource Management Act, the council can order the neighbour to clear rubbish from their property. If the rubbish is creating a health hazard, the council can utilise the Health Act to take further action.
Abandoned vehicle: If there’s an abandoned motor vehicle in your street, contact the council and they can investigate and take action as required.
Tips to prevent neighbourhood issues are:
Get to know your neighbours and establish a relationship with them. There are numerous ways to make this relationship mutually beneficial. If there’s an issue, remember to discuss it with the neighbour first. If this doesn’t work out, try speaking with other neighbours to check if they’re experiencing the same issue with the same neighbour.
Community Constable Stanley Tung, with Constable Brandon McCarthy, says there are many ways to solve neighbourhood disputes.