Time to start planning a neighbourly act

5 Mar, 2015

We’re reaching out to all Kiwis this week to let you know it’s time to start planning something in your neck of the woods to celebrate Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2015. Yes, Neighbours Day Aotearoa (NDA) is fast approaching, 28 – 29 March, and there are so many wonderful ways to connect with the people in your street, and beyond.

Imagine living where everyone knows each other, feels a sense of place and is proud to be part of the community – that’s what NDA is all about.

A vision shared by community organisations Lifewise, The Mental Health Foundation, Inspiring Communities, Public Libraries of NZ and Neighbourhood Support NZ (supported by the Tindall Foundation),  NDA encourages people to connect with, and celebrate, their local communities.

Maintaining a good relationship with neighbours is key to building stronger, healthier and more resilient communities, and facilitating the wellbeing of people within them.

“Knowing our neighbours makes us more compassionate and aware of each others’ needs,” says Kimberly Cleland, NDA project manager.

“Many of us aren’t well connected with our communities. Simple gestures... like smiling and saying hello, can make the world of difference to all our lives.”

Over the weekend, neighbourhood-initiated activities will offer a chance to get to know each other and have heaps of fun in the process.

There will be everything from organised events, like long lunches and picnics in the park, to random acts of kindness and delicious treats to share.

 “It’s [a] great opportunity to get creative and make Neighbours Day your own,” Kimberley says.

Events in Auckland

For people living in Auckland’s city centre, NDA will be celebrated at the Pioneer Women’s Hall on Freyberg Place, with a BBQ, live music, fun kids’ activities, workshops and a quiz.

Auckland Regional Migrant Services will attend the celebrations, using it as an opportunity to connect with those new to the area.

Business is also supporting the weekend, with AMI and The Warehouse offering prizes to customers organising activities.

Stephen Tindall, The Warehouse founder and 2015 New Zealander of the Year says “good neighbours make for more connected communities and safer, happier neighbourhoods. Everyone can be a good neighbour!”

For more information on getting started, how to register your neighbourhood, and how to organise a great NDA activity, head to the NDA website