Turn streets into neighbourhoods
Get to know the people who live around you, write and
Whether you live in suburbia, in an apartment or on a rural property, you have neighbours – and knowing your neighbours matters.
Getting to know the people who live around you, even if it’s just so you can greet them by name over the fence or pop in for an occasional cuppa, creates a happier, safer and more connected neighbourhood.
A survey conducted by Statistics New Zealand in 2015 found 44 per cent of the population believe they do not have anyone ‘‘supportive’’ living next door.
This meant more than four in 10 of us were not on the best of terms with those on the other side of the fence.
On the weekend of March 24 and 25, communities across the country will be taking time out to get to know their neighbours. The annual Neighbours Day Aotearoa, now in its ninth year, is a time for neighbours to celebrate their communities and get to know new neighbours.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a collaborative campaign organised and supported by Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, The Mental Health Foundation, Christchurch Methodist Mission and New Zealand Red Cross.
This year the team at Neighbours Day have come up with some simple ways to connect, along with ways to get your neighbours involved: community organisation car parks mean you can tailor something unique to your area. Make sure you talk to your local council or community board about getting a permit if you are organising your event in a public area. There are also opportunities to apply for council grants to help fund your event.
Invite your neighbours around for a barbecue - it can be as low key or as high voltage as you want.