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@ home in the hood | May 2016

Connections made at Neighbours Day Aotearoa gatherings

It was great to see so many people getting into the spirit of Neighbours Day in March. More than 500 households took part in gatherings across Nelson, from picnics and BBQs to morning teas. We've included some photos below.
Also in this issue the police explain why we can no longer publish the crime data we used to publish every three months, which we've received a lot of feedback from groups about. See the explanation from Nelson Bays prevention manager John Price. We will continue to publish statistics that are publicly available, like those included in this newsletter - Karen Clark, Co-ordinator
Neighbours Day photos... top Marsden Park, middle left Freyberg Ave, middle right The Glen, bottom left Shelley Cres, bottom right Bisley Ave. To see more go to
Tsunami map meetings
Public meetings are being held to explain tsunami evacuation maps that have just been developed. Meetings will be held on May 3 at 6.30pm at the Nelson North Country Club and May 7 at 10am at the Tahuna Function Centre. V
iew the tsunami evacuation maps at

Free family violence training
Nelson Women's Refuge is holding a free training session on June 2 for anyone interested in learning more about family violence. It will cover the causes and dynamics of family violence, what to look for and how to respond to someone who may be experiencing family violence. It runs from 9am to 3pm at the Tahuna Function Centre and lunch is provided (please bring a koha for lunch). To register contact by May 27.

Tahunanui's longest lunch
A free lunch will be hosted by the Tahunanui Community Centre on June 11 at midday. Hearty soup and rolls are on the menu and there will be family-friendly games and activities afterwards.If wet the event will be cancelled - updates will be posted on the centre's Facebook page.

Library information sessions
We'll be at the community corner of the Elma Turner library in Nelson on the last Thursday of every month from 11am to 1pm, so pop in to see us if you want more stickers or booklets, have any questions or simply want to have a chat!

Groups invited to Village Fayre
A Village Fayre is being planned for the Honest Lawyer in Stoke on November 6 and local groups, including groups of neighbours, are invited to take part. The idea is for groups to run simple, low cost games and competitions. Funds raised will be shared between groups participating and The Nelson Ark. For more information contact
Junior Neighbourhood Support wins crime and safety grant

Our new Junior Neighbourhood Support programme has won a $2500 grant from AMI through a competition run on the Neighbourly website.
AMI said it was impressed with the concept of the programme, which aims to promote safety and foster community spirit in students by rewarding them for good deeds such as helping others. The programme is currently running in Stoke and Victory schools.
Invite to take part in informal Tahunanui street meetings

Tahunanui Community Centre wants to hear from the community about their ideas, aspirations and needs and is planning to hold neighbourhood street meetings over the next month.  
It is keen for Neighbourhood Support groups to get involved and is asking group contacts to help facilitate that. Contacts can decide on a time that will suit their group or street and encourage others to come and have a chat.
The centre will provide light refreshments and the meetings will be short and informal.
If you'd like to get involved or would like to know more contact the Tahunanui community activators, Katie or Jacqui, on ph 548 6036 or 0204 110 3099, or email

Low cost bait developed to tackle argentine ants in Nelson
Argentine ants continue to spread across Nelson, but a local scientist has recently developed a low cost bait recipe to tackle the problem It's most effective when used methodically and collectively so it's best for neighbours to work together with it. More information, including a video on how to prepare bait stations, can be found on

Bait recipe
Get a 1 litre measuring jug and put into it:
5g Borax (available at Bin Inn and elsewhere)
250g sugar
Enough boiled water to make it up to 1 litre, Stir until sugar and Borax are totally dissolved.
Add a food colouring if you wish.
Then get screw-top containers eg small jars, and pierce the lids with a 4mm hole (to prevent bees entering) Put several balls of cotton wool inside each jar and saturate them with the bait solution. This is so the ants can feed easily and do not drown.
Secure the lids and place multiple jars around the outside of your property on their sides so that ants can easily enter them. Do not use in conjunction with a repellent bait.

Workshop for group contacts postponed

Unfortunately our workshop for group contacts on April 11  - on preparing for natural disasters and cross-cultural communication - had to be postponed due to one of the presenters going on sick leave suddenly. However, we hope to be able to reschedule it for later in the year, so will keep groups posted on that.
Police position on publication of crime statistics explained
By Senior Sergeant John Price, Prevention Manager Nelson Bays Police
Police have undertaken a process to ensure their statistics are as factual as possible by ensuring there is one standard. This standard is the official statistics released and updated by police regularly.  They can be found at the police website
The lists of crimes that have appeared in the Neighbourhood Support newsletters previously have not been statistics but rather information.  Releasing this information in the format that it was, had the potential to breach individuals' privacy and re-victimise victims if they were identified.  Also, because of the time period covered, the relevance to crime prevention was limited.
Some of this information is still released if it is in the public interest and is unlikely to identify individual victims.It is released to the Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator to pass on. I am sure some of you will have received such information through your networks. This process is designed to inform you and provide information that will prompt you to take appropriate security measures and report any suspicious activity.
Police are always interested in suspicious activity in communities.  I am often asked what suspicious activity looks like. The reality is that this will vary from community to community.  If something looks suspicious to you, then chances are it is.
In conclusion, my advice on reducing crime in our community is to reduce opportunities:
  • Lock your car when unattended
  • Remove valuables from sight in your car
  • Secure doors and windows in your home
  • Remove attractive items, especially bikes,  from view
Burglary summary for Nelson by suburb: data collated by police for the NZ Herald

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