Neighbourhood Champion awards

Our Neighbourhood Champion award winners this year are truly inspiring.
The two winners have instigated projects which have had a far-reaching impact on their neighbourhood and the people in it.

Trevor and Myffie James

Trevor James has driven a project to plant thousands of native trees in Bolwell Reserve in Stoke. Trevor and his wife Myffie, pictured above, live close to the reserve and had the vision of bringing nature to the city when they started planting more than 10 years ago. At that stage the reserve was infested with gorse, so the Nelson City Council was keen on the idea. Since then about 8000 trees have been planted and are now flourishing. Trevor and Myffie grew about half the trees from seed in their own backyard nursery and the rest were bought or donated. Trevor has spent countless hours planting, watering and weeding seedlings, and his enthusiasm has inspired neighbours, friends and community groups to get involved too. This has provided many people with a sense of community, and the satisfaction of giving back to their community.

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Darcy and Sue Hogue, pictured above,  took the initiative to install a defibrillator in their  neighbourhood and organised training sessions on how to use it. The couple, who are the co-ordinators of a Neighbourhood Support group, donated the defibrillator because they thought it would be useful to have if someone had a sudden cardiac arrest. They did a letterbox drop to 140 households to tell people how to access it, and organised two training sessions for the neighbourhood. They’re now planning a third session.  The Hogues were also chosen for the champion award because of their efforts in helping neighbours connect. They make newcomers feel welcome, and regularly organise neighbourhood get-togethers.

We’d also like to recognise these people who were highly commended:

Kelly Walker – for her dedication to keeping her neighbourhood clean and tidy. Every weekend Kelly picks up rubbish alongside Marsden Valley Road, and usually ends up with handfuls of bags of rubbish. She has done this for about 6 years.

Marcel Stutz – for generously giving his time and skills to help neighbours with practical jobs. Marcel has spent many Saturdays building fences and decks, and lending tools, expertise and muscle to neighbours in Marsden Park.

Merv Campbell – for his thoughtfulness in helping out his neighbours, particularly the elderly, with odd jobs, gardening and cleaning. Merv has also taken on the job of closing the local Monaco Reserve at nights.






Search on for Neighbourhood Champions

Do you have someone in your neighbourhood who deserves a pat on the back for making it a better place to live?

It may be that they make an effort to welcome new neighbours, or do practical things to help people in the neighbourhood. Or it may be that they organise neighbourhood BBQs, or galvanise people to tackle neighbourhood issues.

Well here’s your chance to acknowledge what they do. Neighbourhood Support Nelson wants to recognise such people, so we’re inviting nominations for our annual Neighbourhood Champion awards. The awards are for individuals, couples or groups of people who go that extra mile for their neighbours or make a difference to their neighbourhood. The neighbourhoods must be in the Nelson City Council boundaries as that’s the area we cover.

To nominate someone fill out the simple nomination form below and email or post it to us. We’ve included the form in two different formats so just choose one of them.

Nominations close at 5pm on September 5 and the awards will be presented at our AGM on September 18. Here are more details about the AGM

Award winners will be presented with Mitre 10 Mega gift vouchers and certificates. Thanks to Mitre 10 Mega Nelson for supporting the awards.

Nomination Form (word document)

Nomination Form (PDF)


Age Connect Champion award

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Age Connect Champion award winners

We’re delighted to receive one of the inaugural Age Connect Champion awards presented by Age Concern Nelson Tasman.

The awards recognise organisations, businesses and individuals for their efforts in promoting positive ageing and encouraging community connections for older people.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson and Neighbourhood Support Waimea jointly won the “creating connections” category.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson has been involved in the Age Connect programme since its inception in 2017. The programme aims to improve community connections and create opportunities for older people to socialise.

Read the Nelson Mail article on the Age Connect Champion Awards.

Neighbourhood champions


Tricia and Ian Christison, pictured left, and Denis Wastney, pictured right, were presented with Neighbourhood Champion awards at our recent AGM.

Tricia and Ian’s award was for bringing neighbours together and ensuring their neighbourhood is prepared for emergencies. The couple have organised very successful street BBQs. Ian has also made an effort to learn how to prepare for emergencies and was able to out his know-how into practice during the Kaikoura earthquake last year.

Denis’s award was for welcoming new neighbours and caring for neighbours in practical ways. Denis is a legend in his neighbourhood; he does things like looking after neighbours’ pets and collecting their mail when they’re away, and his wife Jean welcomes new neighbours with baking.

The award recipients were presented with $50 gift vouchers and certificates of appreciation.

Nominate a neighbourhood champion!


Neighbourhood Support Nelson wants to recognise people who make their neighbourhoods better places to live, so we’re launching our neighbourhood champion awards.

We’re welcoming nominations from our groups and the public – so if you have someone in your neighbourhood who goes the extra mile for their neighbours, please let us know. It could be that they make an effort to welcome new neighbours, support elderly or vulnerable people in the neighbourhood, or organise neighbourhood events or projects.

To nominate someone please fill out a nomination form below (both forms are the same so you only need to fill out one of them) and return to Neighbourhood Support Nelson by 5pm September 1. You can email the form to or post to PO Box 2101, Stoke, Nelson 7041

We’ll be presenting the awards at our AGM on September 26. You can find out more about the AGM here.

Neighbourhood champion Nomination Form 2017 (word document)

Neighbourhood champion Nomination Form 2017 (PDF)


New vehicle on the road


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From left: Trustpower representatives  Melanie Dyer and Emily Beaton, Neighbourhood Support Nelson co-ordinator Karen Clark and chairman Garry Thompson.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson now has a new vehicle, thanks to a generous donation from Trustpower.

The Toyota Corolla was surplus to Trustpower’s requirements after having been used for meter reading. Trustpower community relations co-ordinator Emily Beaton said the company donated its vehicles to community organisations when they reached 100,000km or after they had been used for about three years.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson co-ordinator Karen Clark said the donation of the vehicle was very timely as the organisation’s previous vehicle was 20 years old and nearing the end of its life.


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