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Eastern Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - PAKU­RANGA COM­MU­NITY CON­STA­BLE STAN­LEY TUNG

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.

LIU CHEN / STUFF

Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble Stan­ley Tung, with Con­sta­ble Bran­don McCarthy, says there are many ways to solve neigh­bour­hood dis­putes.

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