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@ home in the hood | August 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:
  • Nelson is the most neighbourly city
  • Phone scam alerts
  • Burglary statistics
  • Disaster scenarios workshop
  • Community patrol guest speaker for AGM

Group tidies Brook Stream edge
A Neighbourhood Support group in The Wood recently rolled up their sleeves to clean up the edge of the Brook Stream, which is in their neighbourhood. They pulled out weeds and trimmed long grass with weedeaters, and filled a total of 19 rubbish bags with weeds and rubbish! The Nelson City Council kindly donated the rubbish bags. The group then celebrated their efforts with a BBQ. See  photos at

Nelson comes up trumps in search for most neighbourly city
Here’s something to celebrate: Nelson is the most neighbourly city in NZ, according to Neighbours Day Aotearoa.

Nelson had the highest participation rate of any city in Neighbours Day gatherings in March this year, on a per capita basis. So all of you who took part in Neighbours Day BBQs, potluck dinners, morning and afternoon teas can give yourselves a pat on the back for contributing to that!

A celebration to mark the achievement  is being planned by Neighbourhood Support Nelson, Neighbours Day Aotearoa  and the Tahunanui Community Centre, which held a very successful Neighbours Day community breakfast. The celebration is being planned for spring and will be held at the centre’s community gardens. Volunteers will be needed to help with the event, so if you'd like to lend a hand and join in the fun please contact Karen at the Neighbourhood Support Nelson office on ph 546-4902. A date for the event is yet to be confirmed.

Nominate your local champions!
New awards launched

Nominations are now being called for new awards launched by Neighbourhood Support NZ recognising people who go the extra mile for their neighbours, the community and Neighbourhood  Support.
There are awards for member of the year, grass roots champion, innovation, long service, outstanding police officer, supportive partner organisation and safe city.
Entries close on August 19 and nomination forms and information on the categories, criteria and entry process are available at Neighbourhood Support NZ’s website

November workshop for group contacts

Disaster scenarios: what would you do?

Have you ever wondered what you’d do in a flood, earthquake, slip or other natural disaster?
Well, here’s your chance to have a think about it, discuss it with others and come up with a plan.
We’re holding a workshop for Neighbourhood Support group contacts in November, which will give an insight on how to prepare for natural disasters as a household and neighbourhood. The workshop will be led by Michelle Griffiths, emergency management officer for Nelson Tasman Emergency Management.
We’ll be sending out invites to group contacts closer to the date, but mark the date in your calendar now as it will be an informative and fun evening. 
 If you can’t make it you are welcome to invite someone else to attend in your place, such as your deputy or another group member.

When: Thursday November 3, 7pm
Where: Fairfield House, Nelson

Phone scam alerts!!!
There are a lot of phone scams going on at the moment, which people need to be wary of.  In one, callers are saying they are from the Inland Revenue Department and claiming that people owe a lot of tax. They can be very threatening.
Police advise people who receive such calls to hang up immediately. Do not call the number you are told to call. 
There's a  good video clip with useful tips on how to keep yourself safe from scams on the NZ police website
Burglary statistics, May 2015 to May 2016 Nelson Bays area

Source: Recorded Crime Victims Statistics, Statistics NZ website 
Nelson Bays area includes Nelson, Stoke, Richmond, Motueka, Takaka, Wakefield and Murchison

Neighbourhood Support Nelson 

Thursday September 22, 7pm

Where: meeting hall, upstairs at Nick Smith’s offices, 544 Waimea Rd, Nelson
See map

All welcome
AGM guest speaker: John Wyllie
John will talk about how he got  involved with the Nelson Community Patrol and Nelson Marlborough  Rescue Helicopter. The community patrol is a group of volunteers who patrol the Nelson, Tahuna and Stoke areas and monitor closed circuit TV cameras in the inner city. 
Election for governance committee 
Most of the committee are standing again but nominations from others keen to stand are welcome, particularly those interested in the secretary role, or with skills in information technology, fundraising and securing sponsors. Nominations close on September 12 and nomination forms are available at our website 
Neighbourhood chats in library
We run a neighbourhood chat session at the Elma Turner library in Halifax St, Nelson on the last Thursday of every month from 11am to 1pm, so pop in to see us if you want to discuss a safety or neighbourhood issue, or want  to find out if there's a Neighbourhood Support group in your street. It’s also an ideal opportunity to explore our website if you haven’t already done so, as we have a laptop computer on hand.
New Junior NS Co-ordinator
Jes Wills has taken over as the new co-ordinator of our Junior Neighbourhood Support programme in Stoke and Victory primary schools. Jes is a qualified primary school teacher and mother of three. Jes has taken over from Meredith Rogerson, who did a great job setting up the programme but had to step down due to family commitments.
Jes can be contacted by email at
Please help elderly and less mobile with recycling bins
Recycling binIf you live down a private road or right-of-way, please help elderly or less mobile neighbours to put their recycling bins out for collection.
In May the Nelson City Council’s contractor Nelmac stopped collecting recycling bins from private roads and right-of-ways to comply with the terms of its contract. 
The council says many private roads and right-of-ways aren’t designed to support heavy vehicles, and don’t have a safe turning circle.
People living down private roads or right-of-ways now need to put their recycling bins out on the nearest public road. There may be some people who find this difficult, so please help out if you can.
The council says people can confirm the location of their nearest public road by phoning it on 546 0200.  It adds that from October the new wheelie bins for plastics, metal cans, paper and light cardboard recyclables will be launched and may not need to be put out as often.
Parking issues: tips and suggestionsabandoned car
Unknown vehicle parked on your street?
If you have an unknown vehicle parked in your street for some time, first check to see if is stolen by searching on the stolen vehicle register on If it’s stolen notify the police. If the vehicle does not show up as being stolen but appears to have been abandoned, or doesn't have a current warrant or registration, or is illegally parked, notify the Nelson City Council. If you see someone dumping a vehicle, record the date and time, the registration number of any other cars involved, and let the council know. Council can only prosecute if the vehicle dumping is witnessed. If the vehicle is parked legally and has a current warrant and registration it is not a police or council matter.
Suggested parking etiquette for high-sided vehicles
One of our members has suggested that drivers of small vans, `people movers ‘ and other high-sided vehicles should take care not to park close to driveways and street corners, where their vehicle can block the view of other drivers and potentially cause a  crash.

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