Residents celebrate street’s heritage

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.

Connect with neighbours on Neighbours Day

High res logo no dateIf 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)

voucher-application-form (PDF)

event-tips (Tips for organising events)

Neighbours Day Aotearoa website

Contribution to community earns awards

Two of our members, pictured below, have been honoured with national awards from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand for their contribution to Neighbourhood Support and the wider community. Peter Crins and Jane Bealing will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Nelson on November 15.

peter-2Peter has been awarded a gold police officer award for services above and beyond the call of duty. Peter was instrumental in setting up Neighbourhood Support Nelson 10 years ago and has been actively involved ever since. He has served on the committee for 10 years and was chairperson for 5 years. Peter has also provided practical advice and support to Neighbourhood Support groups and helped out at neighbourhood and community events.

picture2Jane has been awarded a gold innovation award for galvanising her neighbourhood to develop a plan for natural disasters. Jane is the contact person for a Neighbourhood Support group in The Wood. She and her husband John got neighbours together to discuss ways they could prepare for disasters. They created a map of the neighbourhood showing household amenities such as power mains, and drew up a list of useful resources in the neighbourhood.

The Neighbourhood Support New Zealand Awards have just been launched this year to acknowledge outstanding community service. Neighbourhood Support NZ chairperson Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay says the inaugural awards recognise “dedicated individuals, groups, police officers and partner organisations who shine a light on the communities they operate in.”

Nelson wins Neighbours Day award

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We’re very proud of our `City of the Year” award that has been given to us by  Neighbours Day Aotearoa. The lovely teapot trophy was awarded to Nelson because it had the highest participation in Neighbours Day this year of any city in New Zealand per capita. At least 65 neighbourhood gatherings were held during the Neighbours Day weekend at the end of March.

Neighbourhood Support Nelson was presented with the trophy because we actively support and promote Neighbours Day Aotearoa each year. This year we gave 48 meat pack, bakery, pizza and equipment hire vouchers to neighbourhoods to help them celebrate the event. The vouchers were funded through grants from the Nelson City Council and Network Tasman and we also received sponsorship from the voucher suppliers – Pestells Rai Bacon Company, Stoke Bakery, Pizza Hut and Hirepool.

Our teapot will be put to good use at events and at our monthly cuppa and chat sessions at the Elma Turner library in Nelson. These are held on the last Thursday of the month (except December) from 11am to 1pm and anyone is welcome to come and have a cup of tea and discuss a neighbourhood issue, or find out more about joining a Neighbourhood Support group.

Group cleans up stream edge

A Neighbourhood Support group in The Wood recently rolled up their sleeves to clean up the edges of the lower Brook Stream which runs through their neighbourhood.

They pulled out weeds such as convolvulus and trimmed long grass with weedeaters. A total of 19 rubbish bags were filled with weeds and rubbish! The Nelson City Council kindly donated the rubbish bags.

After the clean-up the group celebrated with a BBQ on the local reserve by the stream. Photos from the day are below.

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