By Kimberley Cleland
Pou Whakaaro in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand was humming with Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2014 activities. Everything from pot luck pizzas to school activities are going on in this very neighbourly pocket of New Zealand.
There is a very neighbourly pocket of the eastern bay in Whakatane. The place was humming with Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2014 activities and there were plenty of exciting plans in place to celebrate all things neighbourly over the weekend of 29-30 March 2014.
In the lead up to the weekend, there has already been pot luck pizza sessions, coffee and cake shared but this is only the beginning. One of the local intermediate schools invited their neighbours over to a student’s morning tea in the school staff room.
Some of the neighbours had lived next to the school for years but never actually been inside the grounds. They appreciated being able to have a look around and meet the students.
Richard and the staff at Pou Whakaaro are leading the way in encouraging neighbourly activities. He has found it particularly encouraging to hear all about what people are already doing to connect with their neighbours.
One of his favourite local initiatives was from a rural community who was going to lend her cattle to the neighbour to help keep his grass mown.
There are so many ways to be neighbourly and make the time to connect with those closest to you. If you are in the Eastern Bay, be sure to check out Neighbours Day Eastern Bay!