Tawa’s got the siz­zle

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa proved to be the most neigh­bourly sub­urb in Welling­ton last March, and is hop­ing to equal its record this Neigh­bours’ Day.

More than 50 Tawa streets held bar­be­cues on last year’s in­au­gu­ral March 24 Neigh­bours’ Day, part of a na­tional ini­tia­tive to cre­ate stronger net­works among neigh­bours. By con­trast, Welling­ton’s east­ern sub­urbs only reg­is­tered six bar­be­cues, and the south­ern and west­ern sub­urbs had three and four re­spec­tively.

There’s a strong sense of com­mu­nity in Tawa, says Mal­colm Spar­row, chair­man of the Tawa Com­mu­nity Board.

Many peo­ple who had wanted to meet their neigh­bours found Neigh­bours’ Day 2012 a good ex­cuse to put plans into ac­tion, he says.

‘‘Many peo­ple thought about it pre­vi­ously but never got around to it and this was the cat­a­lyst.’’

Mr Spar­row’s own street, Brasenose Pl, held a bar­be­cue for Neigh­bours’ Day, then set up an email list and met sev­eral more times around the grill plate or for fish and chips nights, he says.

The ideal out­come of Neigh­bours’ Day is for streets to cre­ate a list of which skills and re­sources each neigh­bour has, which could come in handy in an emer­gency, Mr Spar­row says.

Some streets have noted which neigh­bour has a gen­er­a­tor, and who is a plumber or doc­tor, for ex­am­ple.

‘‘It’s all about build­ing a com­mu­nity be­fore you need one, which very much came out of Christchurch,’’ he says.

Mr Spar­row en­cour­ages streets to reg­is­ter its bar­be­cues with the com­mu­nity board so it can de­liver a street sign, bal­loons and name tags.

Neigh­bours’ Day is March 23 this year, but bar­be­cue events can be held any time dur­ing the month.

For tips on street bar­be­cues and reg­is­tra­tion: www.tawalink.com/ neigh­bours.html.

Tawa to­geth­er­ness: Tawa held more than 50 street bar­be­cues for last year’s Neigh­bours’ Day, a num­ber Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Mal­colm Spar­row hopes to best this March.

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