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@home in the hood | November 2015
With summer just around the corner, and many people planning their summer holidays, it's a good time to think about home security. Is your home secure? Do neighbours know when you're going to be away? In this issue we include some holiday security tips.
Of course, summer is also a time for socialising, and a good opportunity to get to know neighbours better. A number of our groups are planning BBQs and other get-togethers, which is great. We wish you all a happy and safe festive season.
Give a First Aid kit for Christmas
We are now selling First Aid kits as a fundraiser. The kits are ideal for homes, cars or workplaces and cost $39, with Neighbourhood Support Nelson  making $12 from every kit. A full list of the items in the kit is available on our website
To order a kit go to the website page above and fill our an order form, or contact the office on 546-4902 and we will email or post an order form to you.
News from the AGM
We heard some great neighbourhood stories at the AGM and the stories shared by our guests inspired others to do the same, which was great. Remember if you have any stories like this share it with us so we can put it in a newsletter.
During the general business a request was made for group contacts to be emailed when a burglary occurs in their neighbourhood, so they can find out as soon as possible rather than waiting for the crime statistics to be reported in the newsletter. Co-ordinator Karen Clark will be trialling this over the next few months to see if it is viable, and worthwhile for group contacts.
A new committee was also elected at the AGM, and the members are: Peter Crins, Keith Christie, Christine Jackson, Diane Goulding, Pam Schouten, Kay Hazeldine, Marcia Higgs and John Jellyman.
Tips for group contacts

A lot of great ideas were shared at the two workshops held for group contacts in June and October. We've now compiled these ideas into a tip sheet, and posted it on our website at
Here are some of the ideas on what works well in groups:
  • Meet and greet new neighbours
  • Social get-togethers are a good way to get to know each other 
  • Share contact details e.g. cellphone numbers when people go away
  • Have a list of useful resources in the neighbourhood for disasters, e.g. chainsaws, ladders.
  • Encourage group members to communicate with each other
  • Encourage group members to keep an eye out for each other
  • Encourage members to help each other, e.g. collecting mail, watering the garden when neighbours are away

Help start a new group and be in to win!

To celebrate summer we're offering a $25 meat pack, supplied by Pestell's Rai Bacon Company, as a reward for someone who helps us start a new Neighbourhood Support group.
To enter the draw for the meat pack you need to help us get a new group off the ground - and if the group is in one of the streets listed below you'll get a double entry. Phone 546-4902 to get the ball rolling.
Entries close on November 30, and the draw will be made on December 1.

Top streets (double entry)
Paremata St, Atawhai
Milton St, The Wood
Washington Rd, Washington Valley
Vista Dr, Bishopdale
Robinson Rd, The Brook
Stansell Ave, Tahunanui
Otterson St, Tahunanui
Torlesse St, Enner Glynn
Exeter St, Stoke
Kendall View, Stoke

White Ribbon event, November 17: Fun family event at Victory Park to mark anti-violence White Ribbon week. Runs from 3pm - 5pm. Food, games and activities, bouncy castle etc.
Family violence workshop - how to help: Free workshop on how to help a friend or family member living with violence, run under the It's Not OK campaign. November 25th, 9-11am at the Trafalgar Pavilion. Contact Gayle at to register or phone 02040354760 for more information.
Neighbours Day 2016: Neighbours Day Aotearoa will be held on March 19 and 20 next year so mark the date in your diary. We'll be offering meat pack and bakery vouchers again - more details in the next newsletter in February.
Givealittle page launched
We now have a Givealittle page - listed under Neighbourhood Support Nelson -  to make it easier for people to make donations. All donations gratefully received, and they'll go towards resources for our Neighbourhood Support groups. 
We don't receive any funding from police of the Government so rely on donations, grants and sponsorship to cover our costs.
From the Community Policing Team: alcohol and teenagers
Recently, the Nelson Safer Community Council arranged a presentation to discuss the effect of alcohol on the teenager’s brain.  In excess of 200 people attended. There were some amazing facts presented during the evening from the expert guest speaker from Canterbury University on what alcohol does to that developing brain and the risks associated with abuse.
My part in the presentation was to outline  the parental responsibility when supplying alcohol to a person under 18.
There has been a change in the law that came into effect in 2013.  The Sale and Supply Of Alcohol Act 2012 clearly outlines what obligations and responsibilities there are when providing alcohol to a minor.  
When a parent or guardian supplies alcohol, it must be in a responsible manner, i.e, the young person is supervised, has food available, has a choice on non or low alcohol options. Common sense stuff really. 
If a person other than a parent or guardian supplies alcohol to a minor, that person must have the express consent of that young person’s parent/ guardian.  Just thinking that the parents will be OK with it is not enough.  There must be some sort of evidence to show that consent, for example in writing, by way of text message or conversation directly with the parent. 
A parent or guardian is that defined under the Care of Children act 2004.  So it is the legal parent or a guardian appointed by a court order. 
It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under 18 years outside of the above conditions and if convicted, a person can be fined up to $2000.
A recent survey showed that just over 50% of those consuming alcohol under the age of 18 outside of their home obtained their drinks from parents.

Sergeant Malcolm Drummond, Acting Community Services Manager
Holiday security tips
With the summer holiday season around the corner it's a good time to take steps to ensure your home stays secure if you're going away. The most important step is let your neighbours know when you're going to be away, and ask them to keep an eye on your property.
At the same time, don't broadcast your holiday plans too widely, particularly on social media. While it's tempting to post photos of you on holiday on Facebook, this can also alert would-be burglars to the fact that you're away. Some other tips:
  • Tell neighbours when you're going to be away and leave your contact details with them so they can get hold of you in an emergency.
  • Stop newspaper deliveries, and ask a neighbour to collect your mail.
  • Ask a neighbour to walk around your property every now and then to make sure everything is secure.
  • Leave shoes at the door to make it look as if someone is at home.
  • Use timers on lights so they come on at night and make the house look occupied.
  • Don't hide spare keys outside the home or leave them in obvious places such as by doors.
  • Invite neighbours to use your driveway and clothesline once in a while to make it look as if someone is at home.
  • Lock away garden tools and ladders.
  • If you're away for more than a couple of weeks, make arrangements to have your lawns mown.
Crime statistics
August 2-October 19

Rural north zone
Burglaries #1:  Kanuka Rise
Theft from cars #0
Stolen vehicles #0 

Zone 1 Atawhai
Burglaries #12: Atawhai Dr x 2; Bayview Rd; Davies Dr; Devenish Pl x 2; Farleigh St; Frenchay Dr; Lighthouse View; Matuku Pl; Montrose Dr; Springlea Heights
Theft from cars #0
Stolen vehicles #1: Atawhai Dr

Zone 2 City centre/The Wood
Burglaries #19: Atawhai Dr; Bridge St x 3; Collingwood St; Halifax St x 2;  Hardy St x 3;  Mill St; Nile St; Rutherford St x 2; St Vincent St; Tory St x 2; Vickerman St; Weka St 
Theft from cars #7: Buxton Carpark; Halifax St; Milton St x 2; Montgomery Sq;  Nile St; Rutherford St
Stolen vehicles #12: Bridge St; Cleveland Tce; Hardy St x 3;  Hathaway Tce; Mill St; Milton St; Nile St; Riverside; Rutherford St x 2

Zone 3 Victory/Stepneyville
Burglaries #8: Franklyn St; Murphy St; Piko St; Tipahi St; Vanguard St x 4 
Theft from cars #19:  Franklyn St x 2; Haven Rd; Kawai St x 3; Locking St;  Parere St; Piko St; Quebec Rd x 2; Russell St; St Vincent St x 2;  Tipahi St; Washington Rd x 2; Wellington St x 2
Stolen vehicles #11: Haven Rd; Kawai St; Montreal Rd x 3; Murphy St;  Russell St x 2; St Anne Pl;  St Vincent St; Wakefield Quay

Zone 4: Nelson South/Bishopdale
Burglaries #6: Boundary Rd x 2; Ngatiawa St; Waimea Rd x 3
Theft from cars #5: Bishopdale Ave; Brunner St; Campbell St x 2; Waimea Rd
Stolen vehicles #1: Tukuka St

Zone 5: The Brook
Burglaries #3: Brook St; Robinson Rd; Sowman St 
Theft from cars #3: Brook St;  Burn Pl; Seymour Ave
Stolen vehicles #3: Brook St; Seymour Ave; Sugar Loaf Pl

Zone 6: Tahuna Hills
Burglaries #8:  Bisley Ave; Moana Ave; Moncrieff Ave x 2; Pinnacle Pl; Princes Dr; Stanley Cres; Stansell Ave
Theft from cars #7: Bisley Ave x 2; Istana Pl; Moana Ave x 3; Moncrieff Ave
Stolen vehicles #1: Pinnacle Pl
Zone 7: Tahuna/Annesbrook
Burglaries #13:  Annesbrook Dr x 2; Beatty St x 2; Golf Rd x 6;  Muritai St; Parkers Rd; Quarantine Rd
Theft from cars #6: Annesbrook Dr; Beatty St; Bisley Walk; Blackwood St; Pascoe St x 2
Stolen vehicles #5: Golf Rd; Quarantine Rd; Tahunanui Dr x 3 

Zone 8: Wakatu/Enner Glynn
Burglaries #2: Panorama Dr x 2 
Theft from cars #1: Stafford Ave;
Stolen vehicles #0

Zone 9: Nayland/Stoke
Burglaries #11:  Allport Pl; Cobham Cres; Forests Rd x 2;  Lichfield St; Nayland Rd x 4; Rosebank Tce; Neale Ave
Theft from cars #1: Nayland Rd
Stolen vehicles #1: Fergusson St

Zone 10: Stoke/Maitlands
Burglaries #1: Towai St
Theft from cars #0
Stolen vehicles #0

Zone 11: Stoke South/East
Burglaries #8:  Best Pl; Covent Dr x 2; Essex Tce;  Heath Pl;  Polstead Rd; Ranui Rd; Saxton Rd 
Theft from cars #0  
Stolen vehicles #0 

Zone 12: Stoke South/West
Burglaries #12:  Aldinga Ave x 3;  Echodale Pl;  Lusty Pl; Main Rd Stoke x 4; Marlowe St; Saxton Rd; Tyree Dr 
Theft from cars #6: Coleridge Pl; Main Rd Stoke; Monaco View; Reeves St; Songer St; Tennyson Cres
Stolen vehicles #2: Echodale Pl; Lusty Pl
Community Policing Team
Acting manager Malcolm Drummond ph 546-3840
Community constables: Susan Finigan (Nelson) ph 546-3840;  Keith Jordan (Stoke) 547-6212;  Peter Crins 547-6212;  David Cogger  (ethnic liaison) 545-9625

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