Neighbours Day Stories: Thinking-big

Get inspired by these stories of neighbourly action from around New Zealand

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A Lovely Country Lane

Robyn LangstoneThinking Big

We live in a country lane.


Connection from tragedy

Ingrid PapauThinking Big

I thought to myself, ‘that’s not our normal, we don’t need to sit under fear, what can I do to change this atmosphere?’ …..


Free to a Good Home

Angela OliverThinking Big

Free to a good home pre-loved resource swap


Becs Shares Her Knowledge Of Weeds Over Wine With Her Neighbours

Neighbours DayThinking Big

Enhancing your local environment is a great way to start thinking big about the impact of neighbours on your surrounding neighbourhood. Becs of Auckland is a botanist and has a wealth of knowledge on everything plant related.


Tamati Has A Vision For Front Yards To Be Playgrounds

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps Thinking Big

Tamati from Auckland has a vision for reclaiming the streets in his neighbourhood for his children. He wants to ensure that his children are passed on values of giving and continue the legacy of strong, connected communities.


How Vicky From Auckland Got To Know Her Neighbours Through Her Children

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Vicky from Auckland wanted to get to know her neighbours better. Through the neighbourhood kids, she got to know the parents and feels her neighbourhood is now a place where families feel safe and cared for.


Blackie And Tui From Orakei Share Their Top Tips For Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Blackie and Tui found they had a very diverse neighbourhood through their Neighbours Day activity. They found going a step further in getting to know each other turned strangers into friends.


Neighbourliness And The Importance Of Social Connection To Mental Wellbeing

Kimberley ClelandThinking Big

Neighbourliness: the relevance of local connections to mental wellbeing and positive mental health summarised here by Amanda Bradley, Northern Development Manager, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.


Wellington City Getting The Word Out About Neighbours Day!

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Wellington City Council are huge advocates of encouraging neighbourliness through Neighbours Day Aotearoa. Celia Wade-Brown thinks that “good neighbours are an everyday pleasure and a necessity”.


The Next Generation Of Good Neighbours With Rebecca From North Shore

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Rebecca started Neighbours Day Aotearoa, a nationally celebrated weekend of neighbourliness activity. She found having her first child opened up more ways to connect with neighbours and hopes families will join in!


Mapping out a safer street in Rotorua

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Inspired to connect with neighbours to create safer streets, Vivian has mapped out households and contact details through her community map. For Neighbours Day 2014 she is inviting surrounding neighbourhoods to get involved.


Love Thy Neighbour

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Love thy neighbour by sharing a secret gift exchange


Eastern Bay Leading The Way!

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

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.


A Caring Community Of Neighbours

Ruth GreenwayFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Waikato Place is more than just an address for Anne, it has become a community. Her neighbours get together every year and make sure to share contact details. They care for each other and live in harmony.


Building Spaces For Neighbours In Your Street, Kathleen And Her Street Seat

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Neighbourhood gatherings have been going on for 13 years in Kathleen’s street and they now share skills, resources and stories. To have their property interact with the street more, Kathleen and Ralph built a street seat.


Connecting Neighbours Through Food

Eva NeelyNext Steps Thinking Big

Food is a central focus to our lives, and also a focus in many Neighbours Day activities. Eva Neely has been researching how food practices can be used to promote health holistically, with a specific focus on health promotion in schools.


Announcing The Winners Of New Zealand’s 2014 Good Neighbour Competition

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

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.