Locals embrace Neighbourly site
Southland and Otago residents have been joining the Neighbourly phenomenon in their thousands.
At last count, more than 6300 people in Southland and 13,600 across Otago had signed up to the free community website that helps neighbours share information and stay connected.
By last week, more than 950 people in Central Invercargill had joined up. Glengarry and East Invercargill was not far behind, with 919. Other Neighbourly groupings in The Eye’s readership area included Strathern and South Invercargill (617 members), Windsor (417), Otatara and West (317), Gladstone (284), Waikiwi (383), Grasmere (250), and Winton (242).
Nationally, Neighbourly is closing in on half a million members, who are using the site to interact on topics ranging from local events and emergencies, after-school activities, crime and safety, council issues, local services -- even lost pets.
Others are using the site to keep their neighbours updated on road closures during floods or snow, how to get involved with local charities or discuss the impact of council plans on their community.
Neighbourly is also the online home of digital editions of The Eye, and provides an easy method for community groups in our neighbourhoods to register events for the newspaper’s ‘ What’s on’ listings (go to nbly.nz/eye).
News stories written by reporters on The Eye are posted to Neighbourly for members to see, often before they appear in the paper. Neighbourly is 70 per cent owned by Fairfax Media, the owner of The Eye and Stuff.
Co-founder Casey Eden said membership had exceeded expectations.
‘‘We wanted to do something to enable neighbours and communities to share information and engage in conversation. We’re blown away by how many people are using it.’’
Neighbourly’s community directory lets members search for neighbours who live nearby and communicate with them. Local organisations like Neighbourhood Support, schools and residents’ associations are using the site to connect with their communities, and members are using it to set up book clubs, running groups, neighbourhood gardens, produce swaps or advertise kindergarten fundraisers.
To find out more about Neighbourly, or to sign up for free, go to neighbourly.co.nz
Casey Eden, co-founder of Neighbourly.