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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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.