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@ home in the hood | February 2016

Junior Neighbourhood Support launched in Stoke and Victory schools

We're excited to be launching the Junior Neighbourhood Support programme this year, in Stoke and Victory primary schools. Junior Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide programme and its aim is to foster a sense of pride, safety and community spirit in children, their families and the wider community. Under the programme students are recognised for actions such as helping others, cleaning up, preventing bullying, bike safety etc. We have taken on another staff member, Meredith Rogerson, to run the programme and have received funding for her part-time position from Neighbourhood Support NZ. 
We're also pleased to be supporting Neighbours Day Aotearoa again this year in March and will be offering food and equipment hire vouchers for events. Details on how to apply are in this issue.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa
March 19-20

We're encouraging neighbours to get to know each other and get together during Neighbours Day Aotearoa weekend on March 19 & 20.
It's an ideal opportunity to say hello to a neighbour you don't know, invite a neighbour over for a cuppa, or even organise a neighbourhood BBQ or other event.
To encourage neighbourliness we're offering meat pack, bakery and pizza vouchers for social gatherings and equipment hire vouchers for neighbourhood clean-ups. The vouchers have been funded through grants from the Nelson City Council and Network Tasman Trust and sponsorship from Pestell's Rai Bacon Co, Stoke Bakery, Pizza Hut and Hirepool.
To apply for a voucher fill out an application form on our website or ask us to send you one, and return to us by February 26. You can also download posters from the website. 
If you're holding an event and would like invitations or a corflute sign to put on your fence or a street pole, contact us at or ph 546-4902.
Neighbours hold ``garden party"

A Neighbourhood Support group in Koromiko Ave recently held a garden party with a difference. They cleaned up a neighbour's garden then relaxed afterwards with a potluck picnic.

New groups
Welcome to these new Neighbourhood Support groups: Stoke Retirement Village (4 new groups split from existing groups); Kipling Crescent, Stoke;  Hoult Crescent, Monaco.
Statistics show importance of our neighbourly connections

An infographic published by Statistics NZ shows Kiwis' connections to family, friends, neighbours and clubs. Data on neighbourly connections included:
  • Over half of us (56%) have caring neighbours.
  • Supportive neighbours provide social contact (93% of us with supportive neighbours connect face to face).
  • Around two-thirds (66%) of us with five or more supportive neighbours feel safe walking in our neighbourhood at night.

You can see the infographic and the complete summary of statistics here.
Meredith takes on exciting new role
Meredith Rogerson took up her new position as Junior Neighbourhood Support Nelson co-ordinator in mid-January and will be working initially with Stoke and Victory primary schools this year.
Merdith has extensive experience in the primary school sector, having been a teacher for nearly 20 years. In recent years she has worked as a reading recovery teacher in the Rangitikei District.
Meredith recently moved to Nelson with her husband and family and is excited to be launching Junior Neighbourhood Support in Nelson.
To contact Meredith ph 546-4902 or email

Library Community Corner
We’ll be at the community corner at the Elma Turner library on the last Thursday of every month from 11am to 1pm so pop in to see us if you want more stickers or booklets, or have any questions.

Race Unity Day
We'll be taking part again in Race Unity Day, having an information stand at the event at Victory Park on Sunday March 20. The event is always colourful and entertaining, with dance performances, music and food, so head along for a look. It runs from 11am to 4pm.

Workshop for group contacts
We're running a workshop for group contacts on April 11, on how to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies and how to communicate with people from other cultures. This will provide practical information and tips that will be useful to you and which you can share with your group. We will have guest speakers from Nelson Tasman Emergency Management and the Nelson Multicultural Council. Details are below and we will send out invites closer to the date.
When: Monday April 11, 7pm
Where: Meeting room, Nick Smith's rooms, Waimea Road.

Crime report update
Unfortunately we are no longer permitted to publish the crime report detailing burglaries, stolen vehicles and thefts from cars due to a change in police policy. However, we still receive the weekly crime statistics from the police and will continue to notify groups of burglaries in their neighbourhood.
 First Aid Kits for sale

We sell first aid kits as a fundraiser - they cost $39 each and you can order on our website.
AMI Community Grants - Vote for Neighbourhood Support Nelson!
AMI is running a competition via the Neighbourly website where it gives grants to organisations which attract the most votes. So help us get a grant by voting for us - you can vote every day until February 19
Ideas for Neighbours Day (or any other time of year)
Swap meet
Get together and swap pre-loved items such as books, DVDs, plants, clothes, produce from the garden etc. Anyone can take home anything and anything left over can be taken to a local op shop.

A moving feast
Organise a ``moving feast'', where courses at served at different addresses in the neighbourhood - nibbles at one, mains at another etc. Two or more neighbours can be responsible for a course.
Decorate the neighbourhood
As part of a street BBQ or event decorate the neighbourhood - such as the trees, fences or street posts. You can even turn it into a competition to encourage people to get involved.

Create a street seat
Create a seat for your street or a local park - a place where people can sit and rest, admire a view, or sit and have a chat. It can be a simple bench seat or something more elaborate.

Spring clean
Get together with neighbours to clean up a local park, or stream, or the roadside verges in the street. After the work is done celebrate with a BBQ or picnic.

Thanks to our supporters!

Funders - trusts and other organisations

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors

See full list of supporters here

We are seeking more sponsors, so if you or someone you know is interested please get in touch 

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