Events, stories and tips on safety and neighbourhood issues.
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@ home in the hood | November  2016
Our newsletter is published in February, May, August and November. Newsletter contributions are welcome and need to be submitted by the 15th of the month before. They can emailed, posted or dropped at our office at the Stoke police station. 
In this issue:
  • Summer security checklist
  • How to report neighbourhood issues
  • Burglary statistics
  • New committee
  • Order a handy first aid kit

New website for reporting online scams and fraud

A new website, the Orb, has been developed by NetSafe to provide a simple way to report online incidents which may break the law. That includes Internet scams or frauds, computer hacking or viruses, privacy breaches, and online videos or games that may be considered to be objectionable.

Teapot trophy is ready for action

This is the lovely teapot trophy we were awarded by Neighbours Day Aotearoa to celebrate Nelson's record participation in Neighbours Day this year. Nelson had the highest participation of any city in NZ per capita, 
We were given it because we support and promote the event, held at the end of March each year.
We'll be using the teapot at events, and at our monthly cuppa and chat at the Elma Turner library in Nelson. The library session is the last Thursday of the month (except December), 11am to 1pm, and is an opportunity to find out how to join a Neighbourhood Support group, get tips to improve home security and personal safety, and chat about neighbourhood issues.
Contribution to community earns awards

Two of our members, pictured below, have been honoured with national awards from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand for their contribution to Neighbourhood Support and the wider community.
Peter Crins and Jane Bealing will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Nelson on November 15. The awards have just been launched this year.

Peter will be awarded a gold police officer award for services above and beyond the call of duty. Peter was instrumental in setting up Neighbourhood Support Nelson 10 years ago and has been actively involved in the committee ever since, including serving 5 years as chairperson. Peter has also provided practical advice and support to Neighbourhood Support groups.

Jane will be awarded  a gold innovation award for galvanising her neighbourhood to develop a plan for natural disasters. Jane is the contact person for a Neighbourhood Support group in The Wood and she and her husband John got neighbours together to discuss ways they could prepare for disasters. They created a map of the neighbourhood showing household amenities such as power mains, and drew up a list of useful resources in the neighbourhood.
Keeping your home secure over summer: a safety checklist

Burglaries tend  to rise over summer, so make sure you take steps to protect your home and possessions. There is an online safety checklist at the police website and we also have print copies of a secruity checklist developed by Neighbourhood Support and police. Contact us if you would like one posted to you.

Some tips if you go away on holiday:
  • Leave your contact details with someone you trust so they can get hold of you in an emergency
  • Let neighbours know when you're going to be away and ask them to keep an eye on your home
  • Make your home look occupied when you're away. Ask neighbours to park a car in your driveway, or hang washing on the line
  • Ask someone to clear mail from  your letterbox
  • Use automatic timers to operate lights, music systems, TVs to make it look as if someone is at home
  • Lock away garden tools and ladders
  • Don't hide spare house keys outside. Burglars know where all the common hiding places are
  • If you're going away for a reasonable period of time arrange to get your lawns mowed
  • Don't share holiday plans or photos on social media such as Facebook until you're home again
Burglary statistics, August 2015 to August 2016 Nelson Bays 

Source: Recorded Crime Victims Statistics, Statistics NZ website 
Nelson Bays area includes Nelson, Stoke, Richmond, Motueka, Takaka, Wakefield and Murchison
Give a First Aid Kit for Christmas!

Give someone one of our first aid kits for Christmas and you'll be helping them be prepared and supporting us at the same time. Our kits sell for $39 and we earn $12 from each sale, which goes to providing our services. You can see a list of contents and place an order at or contact us to get an order form posted out.
News snippets
Survey seeks feedback
We recently asked group contacts to complete a survey to help us support them and improve our services. If you're a group contact and haven't done the survey yet we'd appreciate it if you could do it as soon as possible. You can do it online here.
New committee
A new governance committee was elected at our recent AGM. The committee members are: Garry Thompson (chair), Keith Christie (treasurer), Christine Jackson (secretary), Peter Crins, Diane Goulding, Pam Schouten, Kay Hazeldine and John Jellyman. Contact details for the committee are on our website.
Junior Neighbourhood Support wound up
We have wound up our Junior Neighbourhood Support programme, which was running in Stoke and Victory primary schools, for a couple of reasons. Our new co-ordinator for the programme, Jes Wills, resigned in August to take up a teaching job. It was also becoming apparent that we would struggle to source ongoing funding to employ a new co-ordinator next year, so we decided not to replace Jes.
How to report neighbourhood issues
Road repairs, lighting etc
If you want to report issues such as road holes that need fixing, you can report them via the Nelson City Council website or phone the council on 5460200. If the matter is urgent, e.g. public safety is at risk, ring the council, which has an answer service operating 24 hours a day. There is also a new website, FixMyStreet, where you can report issues and they get passed on to the appropriate council.
Noise, car burnouts
If you want to report noisy parties, barking dogs or other similar noise issues phone the Nelson City Council on 5460200. if you want to report traffic noise - such as cars doing burnouts - contact the police. Ring 111 if public safety is at risk. Make sure to take note of the vehicle make and registration, and the time of the incident. If you can take a photo, that will also help police in their investigations.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson would like to acknowledge our supporters:

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