By Kimberley Cleland
Announcing the winners of our 2014 national Good Neighbour competition! Nine winners from all over New Zealand have been selected to each win a $500 summer prize pack from The Warehouse.
“With nearly 300 entries, it was extremely difficult to choose from all of the wonderful stories of neighbourliness”, says Project Manager Kim Cleland. Neighbours Day Aotearoa have drawn entries from nine regions throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand, and it has been a pleasure to read how streets are being turned into neighbourhoods by your good neighbours.
The winning entries are:
- Kelsie’s neighbour Margaret from Onerahi, Whangarei
- Lorna’s neighbour Bill from Hendersen, Auckland
- Nina’s neighbour Penni from Temple View, Hamilton
- Justine’s neighbours Glenn and Julie from Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
- Heather’s neighbour Jennifer from Riverdale, Palmerston North
- Kylie ‘s neighbour Ian from Pekapeka, Waikanae
- Lynette’s neighbours Bridget and Mike from The Wood, Nelson
- Kylie’s neighbours Rachel and Andrew from Rangiora, North Canterbury
- Nicola’s neighbours Ell and Harry from Cromwell, Central Otago
Beautiful stories were shared of providing extra support for children, helping elderly neighbours and sharing produce or extra fish caught. There were stories of neighbours being inspired, having adoration for their neighbours kindness and generosity, and of the importance of a quick chat over the fence for feeling connected. There were stories of neighbours really going the extra mile and helping others in need. Neighbours spoke of feeling those that lived around them were like friends or even family. They are all stories of looking beyond our backyards and having a sense of what is happening in the neighbourhood around us. They are all stories of going one step further in getting to know our neighbours.
Here is a short excerpt from one of our favourite stories:
“My neighbour is the best! I am in awe of her. She gardens all the time and always gives us her fresh produce which helps so much towards the food bill. She is there for anything whenever you need her, whether it be for a cup of sugar, the loan of a wheelbarrow, the use of her turps when my toddler spills paint over my new couch or just a cup of coffee, a bikkie and a yak. She gives my seven and eight year old girls and my five year old nephew weekly piano lessons because she knows we are struggling to afford extra-curricular activities now that we have a mortgage. She teaches my children to garden and is like a second grandma to them. I just absolutely love her and I hope when I am 74 I am as active and beautiful and awesome as her”.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa
We can all go one step further in getting to know our neighbours. It all starts with hello. Join in Neighbours Day Aotearoa next 28-29 March 2015 and turn your street into a neighbourhood! Join in at www.neighboursday.org.nz/join-in