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.
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 email@example.com 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 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.
Residents of Seymour Ave in The Brook recently celebrated their street’s heritage as part of Heritage Week.
They held an unveiling ceremony and street BBQ to mark the installation of new signs declaring the street a heritage precinct, as well as an information panel about the street’s history. the signs were installed by the Nelson City Council.
The street was created in the early 1900s and is regarded as an area where the architecture clearly shows the style changes from villa to bungalow.
Carolyn Sygrove, one of the residents behind the project and a Neighbourhood Support group contact person, said the new heritage signs looked great. She said they arose out of discussions between residents and the Nelson City Council over measures to slow traffic.
If you’d like to get to know your neighbours better, you’ll have an ideal opportunity on Neighbours Day Aotearoa on March 25 and 26. The national event encourages neighbours to say hello, share a cuppa or organise a neighbourhood get-together.
To celebrate the event, Neighbourhood Support Nelson is giving away food and equipment hire vouchers for neighbourhood gatherings around that weekend.
Neighbourhood Support Nelson co-ordinator Karen Clark says last year 65 neighbourhood gatherings were held in Nelson, which was the highest number of any city in the country per capita.
“We’re hoping participation will be just as high this year, or even higher,’’ she says. “The people of Nelson have always embraced the Neighbours Day concept with enthusiasm and shown a willingness to connect with neighbours. ‘’
The vouchers are available to any neighbourhood gathering of 5 households or more in the Nelson city boundaries. They include meat pack, bakery and pizza vouchers for social gatherings and waterblaster, weedeater or trailer hire vouchers for neighbourhood clean-ups. People wanting to apply can do so via the form below. Applications close on February 24.
The vouchers have been funded through a grant from the Nelson City Council, and sponsorship from participating businesses such as Pestell’s Rai Bacon Company, Stoke Bakery, Pizza Hut and Hirepool.
voucher-application-form (word document)
event-tips (Tips for organising events)