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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.


Lifewise Invite Their Neighbours For Morning Tea

Neighbours Day Next Steps

Lifewise is one of five neighbourhood passionate organisations making up the Neighbours Day steering group.  To celebrate Neighbours Day 2014 they got together with other businesses in the University of Otago block at 385 Queen Street for a morning tea.


Eden Park Hosts A Neighbourhood Family BBQ

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Eden Park is very aware of the impact it has on its neighbours. With national games happening at the stadium throughout the year and ongoing road closures, there can be disruption to normal life on a regular basis.


Kylee Uses Neighbours Day To Get Neighbourhood Support Going

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Kylee from Sunnyhills used the opportunity of connecting with her neighbours over Neighbours Day weekend 2014 to get her Neighbourhood Support group back up and running.


Kooky Kowhai Street In Whakatane Welcomes New Neighbours

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Robyn arrived in Kowhai Street 11 years ago and has developed a passion for her seaside street in Whakatane.


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.


Maurice, Described As An Ideal Neighbour

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps

Maurice has many neighbourly tendencies from lending tools to collecting mail and always smiling and saying hello. Maurice thinks that a small effort can turn streets into neighbourhoods.


Neighbourliness Is Part Of Our Kiwi DNA

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps

Neighbourliness is part of kiwi DNA, as experienced by 22 year old migrant Roanna. Having a good relationship with her neighbours was critically important to her settling into life in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


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.


Vivian Of Pukekohe With Neighbours Day Resources In Action!

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

Virginia Warren from Pukekohe uses the Neighbours Day Aotearoa pre-printed invitations to advertise her local activity to her neighbours.


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.


It Was Love At First Sight For These Neighbours In Tauranga

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps

New to Neighbours Day Aotearoa, Joy and Mary-Rose fell in love with the idea at a community meeting and got started straight away on organising their activity!


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.


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.


Kelsie From Whangarei is in Awe of Her Good Neighbour

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

Kelsie, of Onerahi in Whangarei, is in awe of her neighbour Margaret who she describes as being “the best!”.


Saying Hello Can Lead to a Million Things!

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

A simple hello, smile and wave to your neighbour can lead to a million things! There are many ways to say hello in New Zealand! Add yours to the comments below.


Nunia Living On Her Own But Not Alone

Angela RamptonFirst Steps

Nunia (Rosie) Macleod loves living in Tawa and loves all the great people that live closest to her.  “I have really good friends in my neighbourhood who come to visit me every now and then, bringing magazines for me to read or sometimes even a plate of dinner”.  Neighbours in Nunia’s street celebrate Neighbours Day …