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@ home in the hood | November 2018
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 be emailed, posted or dropped at our office at the Stoke police station. 
In this issue:

New Area Coordinator - Katy Steele

I am the new Area Coordinator at Neighbourhood Support Nelson,  I started at the beginning of October. I have many years experience of both working and volunteering in the  community sector. My last role was a Manager at Volunteer Nelson and I am currently volunteering as Chairperson of Adult Learning Support too.
 I greatly value  the role of volunteers in our communities, and I am passionate about supporting and enabling volunteers to participate, both formally within an organisation and informally for friends and neighbours. I am keen to raise the profile of the volunteering that you do as neighbours and to recognise your volunteering.
I look forward to getting to know you and supporting you in your volunteering.

The New Committee

A new governance committee was elected at the AGM on 18 September and they are:
Chairperson: Garry Thompson; Treasurer: Keith Christie
Committee Members: Peter Crins; Kay Hazeldine; John Jellyman; and Ian Christison.

Garry Thomspon, Chairperson:
This is my third term as Chairman and I have also been re-elected the Tasman District Representative for the 2018/19 term Neighbourhood Support New Zealand (NSNZ). Garry is also currently a member of the Executive Sub-Committee of  NSNZ.
I have a particular interest in communication centred around a policy of “We know, but do they know?”.
I have held a number of administrative and governance positions both in employment and as a volunteer. Recent appointments as a volunteer include the Board of Nelson Budget Services and the National Council for Community Patrols New Zealand, and as the National Statistics Manager for Community Patrols NZ.

Neighbourhood Champions

Our Neighbourhood Champion Award winners this year are truly inspiring. The two winners have instigated projects which have had a far-reaching impact on their neighbourhood and the people in it.
Trevor James has driven a project to plant thousands of native trees in Bolwell Reserve in Stoke. Trevor and his wife Myffie (first photo) live close to the reserve and had the vision of bringing nature to the city when they started planting more than 10 years ago. At that stage the reserve was infested with gorse, so the Nelson City Council was keen on the idea. Since then about 8000 trees have been planted and are now flourishing. Trevor and Myffie grew about half the trees from seed in their own backyard nursery and the rest were bought or donated. Trevor has spent countless hours planting, watering and weeding seedlings, and his enthusiasm has inspired neighbours, friends and community groups to get involved too. This has provided many people with a sense of community, and the satisfaction of giving back to their community.
Darcy and Sue Hogue (second photo) took the initiative to install a defibrillator in their  neighbourhood and organised training sessions on how to use it.
The couple, who are the co-ordinators of a Neighbourhood Support group, donated the defibrillator because they thought it would be useful to have if someone had a sudden cardiac arrest. They did a letterbox drop to 140 households to tell people how to access it, and organised two training sessions for the neighbourhood. They’re now planning a third session.  The Hogues were also chosen for the champion award because of their efforts in helping neighbours connect. They make newcomers feel welcome, and regularly organise neighbourhood get-togethers.
We would also like to recognise Kelly Walker; Marcel Stutz;  and Merv Campbell who were highly commended in these awards.
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Volunteer Nelson Community Champion

Ian Christison is a valuable member of our team and he has received this Volunteer Nelson Award in recognition of his volunteering for us.
He wears several volunteering “hats” at Neighbourhood Support and for each he is always friendly and helpful. He is our BBQ trailer volunteer, which means that during the summer  he is  here regularly on Fridays preparing the BBQ for hire and handing it over to users.
He is also a Committee member, and not only is he active in this role, but he is willing to volunteer at other times to assist at events, such as at the recent Shake Out stall at Bunnings.
He is also a Group Coordinator and does a great job of connecting and supporting people organising neighbourhood several get-togethers a year, involving everyone in the street.

BBQ Trailer For Hire

Please remember that if you need a BBQ for a community, family, or business event our BBQ trailer is available for hire. It’s only $50 for the event, and you can book it through our website. We really want to see it  used by the community, so please do promote it to your family, friends and colleagues.

Neighbours' Day:

Here is a date for your diaries, it’s Neighbours’ Day from  22-31 March 2019. This event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, so why not make that an excuse to organise a get-together with your neighbours  and celebrate your friendly, caring and resilient neighbourhood?
Neighbourhood Support will be providing further information closer to the time and there will be some food voucher give aways too. If you  are interested in organising an event please do let Katy Steele know at

Neighbourhood Project Grants

Please don’t forget that $500 grants are available from Nelson City Council as matched funding, for projects that build stronger communities by bringing neighbourhoods together. Grant Priorities include activities-projects which:
· bring the community together e.g. hosting of a street event
· improve the aesthetic nature of a local area e.g. bench seat, mural
· are community led e.g. driven and supported by local communities 
· benefit Nelson residents
So if you have a great neighbourhood activity idea please do apply for this grant. For further information, please go to the NCC website, or contact Scott Tambisari on 539 5555.

Shake Out Drill

The annual drill took place on 18 October, and Neighbourhood Support had a display stall at Bunnings during this week to raise awareness about  the importance of neighbourhoods being prepared  for earthquakes or tsunamis.   Please do get in touch if you would like support to plan  for a natural disaster in your neighbourhood.

The Plan: Delaying Teen Drinking

Summer and Christmas holidays often mean more social events in neighbourhoods. Because Neighbourhood Support Groups connect and support each other, creating safe and friendly neighbourhoods you will be interested in ‘The Plan’ Campaign. 
This campaign encourages parents to talk with other parents to ensure they keep their teens safe around alcohol. Tips and tools have been developed with local parents to help them make a plan with their teens about when and where alcohol is provided. Neighbourhood gatherings can also be supportive by ensuring there are always non-alcoholic drinks available.
Have a look at the website www.the– There are three online quizzes, legal information, a list of handy questions for parents to ask their teens if they want to go to a party, ways to talk to other parents and recipes for non-alcoholic drinks.

News Snippets

Change of office hours: The Neighbourhood Support Nelson office will now be open Mondays to Wednesdays, from 8.30am to 5pm and Thursday mornings. Coordinator, Katy Steele, will still be available to meet groups and group contacts outside of those office hours, by prior arrangement.

Office relocation: We are giving you a heads up that the office is highly likely to be moving from Stoke Police Station in the near future, owing to the operational requirements at the station. We shall let you know where the new office is as soon as we have secured one.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson would like to acknowledge our supporters:

Gold sponsors                                                                                                                          
Nelson Alarms logo    
Silver sponsor                   BBQ trailer sponsors 
Nelson Building Society logo
Rata Foundation logo Lottery Grants Board logoNelson City Council logo   COGS logo  

 Strategic partners


 Police logoNelson Tasman Emergency Management logo              link to supporters page on website 

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