Helping the neighbours
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 nsupport.co.nz 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.’’