Titahi Bay gets neighbourly
Ben Tredrea is on a mission to make Titahi Bay more neighbourly.
He said he didn’t like Facebook and didn’t understand Instagram, but he found a way to connect with those around him on social site Neighbourly.co.nz.
The pensioner was the second person in Titahi Bay to join the site last year. Since then it has grown to 288 members and counting.
‘‘I go out and try to get more people to sign up. The dog and I wander around the place and people know who we are,’’ Tredrea said.
‘‘It’s not like Facebook. You don’t get bombarded with things. It’s taking it back to basics.’’
Tredrea helps keep them all in line as one of the page’s three administrators.
He has lived in Titahi Bay for 53 years and said people used to keep an eye out for their neighbours, but not so much any more.
‘‘It’s just getting communities back to how it used to be.
‘‘It’s getting people involved to keep an eye on things.’’
Along with more friendships, the site offers a way to buy, sell and to talk about issues.
He said just last week someone was offering a cupboard full of free preserves and with the click of his fingers they were snapped up.
To join the neighbourly.co.nz.
Say hello: Ben Tredrea is getting to know his neighbours the Neighbourly way.