Help­ing the neigh­bours

Eastern Courier - - News - By SI­MON SMITH

Paku­ranga and Buck­lands Beach Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port have re­launched their web­site and would like more house­holds to join the vol­un­teer scheme.

Group pres­i­dent Ayleen de Vilder says the old nsup­ was filled with use­ful in­for­ma­tion but had too many words on the front page.

‘‘It was just too heavy and too dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate.’’

But the new web­site is mod­ern and much nicer to use.

There are 59 Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port groups op­er­at­ing in Edge­wa­ter, Paku­ranga, High­land Park and Buck­lands Beach but Mrs de Vilder would like more. ‘‘We haven’t even touched the tip of the ice­berg.’’

She says the scheme used to be stronger 15 to 20 years ago.

‘‘The old com­mit­tee went into re­cess af­ter 20 years and we started it up again in late 2010.’’

Be­ing part of Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port is about know­ing your neigh­bours, crime preven­tion and be­ing a con­tact for Civil De­fence.

‘‘It’s ba­si­cally look­ing af­ter the com­mu­nity and look­ing af­ter your­self. And to me it’s also about tak­ing back con­trol of your own neigh­bour­hood some­times.

‘‘If you know your neigh­bour, you can phone them and say ‘gosh there was some­one in your gar­den, were they sup­posed to be there?’.

‘‘If some­body’s alarm goes off, you’ve got their de­tails.

‘‘You can call them at work and say ‘hey you know what, your alarm’s gone off, do you want to come and sort it out’.’’

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in start­ing a group in their street can make con­tact through the web­site.

A meet­ing will then be set up with neigh­bours and com­mu­nity con­sta­bles.

Mrs de Vilder says one rea­son peo­ple might want to join is to get Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port signs put on their street lamp-posts.

‘‘They seem to work as a de­ter­rent.’’

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