Tawa gets Neigh­bourly

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT/NEWS -

Tawa is the first sub­urb in Wellington to reach 500 mem­bers on neigh­bourly.co.nz. St Heliers in Auck­land leads with 800 mem­bers. Tawa, Karori, Brook­lyn, Mi­ra­mar and Khan­dal­lah are lead­ing the way in the Wellington re­gion.

Neigh­bourly launched around New Zealand in May after a two-month pi­lot in Auck­land.

The site fosters in­ter­ac­tion and con­ver­sa­tion be­tween neigh­bours and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions by cre­at­ing an easy way for them to talk and share on­line through free and pri­vate web­sites for their sub­urb.

Crime, can­cel­la­tions, events, road­works and the im­pact of city coun­cil de­ci­sions could be among the top­ics for dis­cus­sion.

Neigh­bourly co- founder Casey Eden said en­thu­si­as­tic Tawa res­i­dents, Wellington City coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Spar­row in par­tic­u­lar, had lead to Neigh­bourly be­ing taken up in the sub­urb.

‘‘Mal­colm was piv­otal in spread­ing the word in the early days, which demon­strates the im­pact one per­son can make to a thriv­ing Neigh­bourly com­mu­nity,’’ Eden said.

Spar­row said that while he may have sparked ini­tial in­ter­est in Neigh­bourly Tawa, the site now had many pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cates who were help­ing to drive mem­ber­ship.

‘‘Tawa has al­ways had a real com­mu­nity feel, lend­ing it­self nicely to a con­cept like Neigh­bourly tak­ing off,’’ he said.

‘‘Tawa is ef­fec­tively a small town on the out­skirts of a world-class city and that’s what peo­ple like about it.

‘‘We’re adding 25 to 30 new mem­bers a week [to Neigh­bourly] and long may it con­tinue — it’s a great way for lo­cal peo­ple to feel bet­ter con­nected.’’

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