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)
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.