Events, stories and tips on safety and neighbourhood issues.
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@ home in the hood | February 2017
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:
  • Tips for neighbourhood decision-making
  • Burglary statistics
  • Groups show earthquake readiness
  • Upcoming events

Groups put disaster training into practice in earthquake

It was ironic that we held a workshop for group contacts on preparing for natural disasters just 10 days before the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake.
Following the earthquake we received some good feedback from contacts on how they put their training into practice, and the excerpt below is from Ian Christison, who is the contact person for a group in Stoke.

``Following the quake we had no power in our street.  Someone from each household came out on to the street and were able to check that everyone was okay and there were no emergency requirements. All had torches and emergency lighting. We reminded each other of the need to conserve water, be aware of power lines and stay safe. After about half an hour it was back to our homes and the aftershocks. 
I was pleased with the way everyone came to help and look after each other.’‘


Neighbours Day Aotearoa: March 25-27

Neighbours Day Aotearoa will take place on March 25-27 and it’s an ideal opportunity to get together with neighbours. We’ll be providing meat pack, bakery, pizza and equipment hire vouchers for neighbourhood gatherings again, so if you’d like to go in the draw for a voucher go to or contact the office on ph 546-4902 or email to get a form posted out. Last year there were 65 gatherings in Nelson, which was the highest participation of any city nationally per capita – so let’s see if we can retain the title this year!
Upcoming events
Cuppa and chats at library
We hold a monthly cuppa and chat session at the Elma Turner library in Nelson on the last Thursday of the month from 11 to 1pm. So pop along if you would like to discuss an issue or find out about joining a Neighbourhood Support group.
Cross-cultural communication workshop
We will be running a workshop for group contacts on cross-cultural communication on May 23 from 12pm to 2pm, which will be useful for anyone wanting to communicate with people from different cultures. The workshop will be run by Red Cross, and is being run in conjunction with the Tahunanui Community Centre. It will be open to members of the public - contact Karen Clark at 546-4902 if you are interested in taking part.

All aboard the neigbourhood express: A Neighbourhood Support group in the Wood had a get-together at Founders Park recently which included a ride on the train.
Burglary statistics, October 2015 to October 2016 Nelson Bays area

Source: Recorded Crime Victims Statistics,
Nelson Bays area includes Nelson, Stoke, Richmond, Motueka, Takaka, Wakefield and Murchison
Neighbourhood New Zealand launches new website
Neighbourhood Support NZ recently launched a new website, which has useful resources on crime prevention and safety and dealing with neighbourhood issues, as well as some interesting stories and quotes from groups around the country.
 The website address is and can be accessed via mobile phone as well as computer.
Neighbourhood street sign need replacing?
If the Neighbourghood Support street sign in your street is faded or damaged, please get in touch and we will give you a new one. We now ask Neighbourhood Support groups to put up their signs themselves - we give out cable ties to secure the signs to street posts, or they can be nailed to fences. 
Tips for neighbourhood decision-making
Making decisions on neighbourhood issues isn’t always easy so we asked longtime Neighbourhood Support group contact Brian Hurst to share a few tips from his experiences. Brian’s group in central Nelson has made decisions on issues such as cleaning up a shared driveway, maintaining shared letterboxes,  and the installation of a fibre optic cable.

Tip 1 – Get to know each other: The foundation of our decision -making was laid down over many years of social  gatherings.  At first it was quite hard to reach a consensus on anything because people didn't know each other, so everyone was guarding their turf, so to speak. The key to making some of the early decisions regarding clean-up along the shared driveway and upkeep of the shared mailboxes was all sorted out at these social events,  usually a BBQ or "bring a plate" shared meal.  It's a lot easier to sort things out on a full stomach and sharing food and drink together.  
Tip 2 – Aim for the positive: One key to making decisions has been to always try and see a solution that was positive so everyone could see the benefit of it. Also, going through a few "events" together has helped.  Natural events such as heavy rains or earthquakes have helped people learn to work together.
Tip 3 – Take it slow: Take it slowly and get everyone on board. We found a key to getting agreement was to circulate the issues by email to everyone. This gives people time to think about them. In the email include a date and time for a get-together to discuss the issue.


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