Ti­tahi Bay gets neigh­bourly

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

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.

site,

visit

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Say hello: Ben Tredrea is get­ting to know his neigh­bours the Neigh­bourly way.

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