Our February Newsletter

By - February 8, 2017

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Hello Neighbours! The kids are back to school, the festive season parties have died down, and its clearly time to plan something else to look forward to! Luckily we can help you with that! In this newsletter we have: – Top Tips for getting involved in Neighbours Day 2017 – Meet our Winners – Community …

Hello Neighbours!

The kids are back to school, the festive season parties have died down, and its clearly time to plan something else to look forward to! Luckily we can help you with that!

In this newsletter we have:
– Top Tips for getting involved in Neighbours Day 2017
– Meet our Winners
– Community Grants, and resources that might help with your Neighbours Day activities.
– I Heart My Hood Project launches

Top Tips for getting involved in Neighbours Day!

We canvassed a few people who have been involved in the past, or who are planning on getting involved this year. Here are some great tips and ideas.

From the Neighbours Day Team
1 – Just go say hello … honestly, its that easy, and its a great start and it only takes a few seconds. So next time you’re putting out the rubbish and see your neighbour, take the opportunity to say hi.
2 – Food is a great connector. From full street BBQ’s, to having a quiet cup of tea with the person next door. Get out there early with invitations and have a plan. The Levers Farm BBQ organisers have told their neighbours “Odd house numbers bring meat/appetiser to share, even house numbers bring salad/dessert to share * Any surplus home-grown veges/fruit/plants be brought along to share/trade with your neighbours – all in the spirit of neighbourliness. :-)” …. which we think is genius.
3 – Submit Your Event! – if your event is open to the public then you can submit it on our website and we can help you promote it.
4 – There are a whole raft of awesome ideas for everyone – individuals through to groups and work places. Check them out on our website.

Blackie and Tui also have some advice for anyone planning a neighbourhood get together.

  • Be natural
  • Be nice
  • Go door knocking and invite people face-to-face
  • Have a plan for the day

We have posters, invitations and contact cards that will make it so much easier. You can download them from our website, or by the beginning of March you will be able to pick them up from your local library.

Meet our first Neighbourhood Champion – Kate the Gardener

We made the most of the opportunity of having Paul Harris of Paul Harris Art and Design (who made the stunning necklace), our first winner Kate the Gardener, and one of our team in the same place at the same time. They all got to meet up, talk gardens and it was an opportunity for Paul to give Kate the necklace she had won by being chosen as our first Neighbourhood Champion. You can read more about what she’s been doing and the great plans she has for the future. She’s a real inspiration!! …. more here

Neighbourhood Champions!

There are only a few days left to get your Neighbourhood Champion nominations in for our February thank you gift from Orania Natural Skincare. So get those stories into Kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz

‘Make it a New Year’s Resolution’ Winner for January !

The second draw for the grocery voucher has been made and the winner is Kathriona Benvie of Palmerston North. Congratulations Kathriona!
We’ve extended the deadline! Make sure you tell your neighbours, friends and family that if they sign up and commit to getting involved in Neighbours Day before the 15th of February they will be in the draw for our final grocery voucher.

Community Support for your Project or Event

There are a number of councils and organisations who offer support for those planning Neighbours Day activities. Make sure you check out your local council grants and funding pages. Here are some of the councils, local boards and organisations that we know of .

Auckland Council
Local Boards have funding, grants and resources available to help support Neighbours Day activities. Please contact the advisor for more information.

Waitakere Local Board
Small grants are available of up to $200
For application forms
Contact Mandy 09 838 7903 mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz
Or Aroha 0225043005

Whau Local Board
Supermarket vouchers are available up to $200 worth
Contact Shalema – 09 812 8788 Mobile 020481 2788 Email shalema@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Manurewa Local Board
Small grants available
For application forms, contact Liz 09 2638202 Mobile 027 417 3468 or Email liz@rawiri.org

Otara Papatoetoe Local Board
Small grants available
Contact Person – Jessica 09 390 4171 Mobile 027 534 1818 or email Jessica.suri@otarahealth.org.nz

Albert Eden Local Board
Small grants available
Contact : Rosetta 0272416179 rosetta.fuimaono@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

AMI Community Grant
AMI and Neighbourly have joined forces to give away $20,000 to support community organisations and projects around New Zealand that are helping to make our neighbourhoods stronger and safer places to live. This isn’t strictly for Neighbours Day but we wanted to let you know about it just in case.

Prizes are split into two categories: Grants for Neighbourly member projects and Grants for established Community Organisations and not-for-profits. The prize breakdown
Neighbourly member community projects 4 x $1000
Member Grand Prize 1 x $3000
Not-for-profits / Community Organisations 4 x $2000
Community Organisation Grand Prize 1 x $5000
For more information go to the visit their site

I Heart My Hood Project

This month we are launching the I Heart My Hood Project. This is your chance to celebrate your hood by sharing stories, photos or video. We really want to see and hear about the people in your neighbourhood. Portraits or videos of our neighbourhood champions, or the people that to you personify your community or ‘hood’. This year we’re doing it a little differently. To help focus (excuse the photography pun) we’ve chosen three themes.
1 – I Heart the History of My Hood
Everywhere we live has history, and stories. Do you know your hood’s history? Or maybe you know someone who has lived in the community for what seems like a million years, and know the place like that back of their hand. Was your hood the birth place of the women’s vote, or maybe site of the biggest lamington ever made way back in 53′ ….(Yes I know, random, but honestly we’re interesting in anything and everything)… By the way – this is also an awesome way to get our older ‘story tellers’ involved.
2 – I Heart Diversity in my Hood
New Zealand really has become a melting pot and that brings with it the rainbow of diversity of all kinds. Maybe you have the ‘united nations’ living on one street, maybe your neighbourhood pot luck dinners are better and more interesting than an international food fair could every dream of! We want to see and hear about it.
3 – I Heart My Healthy Hood
With our clean green image, amazing fresh foods, picture perfect outdoor environment, we know there are neighbourhoods out there that personify ‘health’. Is your neighbourhood or neighbour one of them? It could be through a neighbourhood walking group, or a ‘from garden to plate thanks to the shared neighbourhood community garden’ kind of thing. It might be a neighbourhood that has committed to getting the kids off screens and outside, or maybe its a whole street of cross fit power vegans ….. probably not … but you never know. What ever it is, we want to see and hear about it.
To enter go to our website and ‘share your story’
So get snapping and chatting. We’ll have more information on I Heart My Hood available on facebook and on our website.

Make sure you sign up for Neighbours Day 2017. If you get a sudden urge to share Neighbours Day on social media, don’t fight that urge and use – #neighboursdaynz .