Neighbours Day Stories

Get inspired by these stories of neighbourly action from around New Zealand

First Steps I Heart my Hood Next Steps Thinking Big

Two years on…

Lynette MillerNext Steps

I may have experienced the worst time in my life, but I have certainly got through it, with the help of my neighbours.

Kelmarna Cocktail Crawl

LaurelNext Steps

…it’s such a special night

Together We Make a Nation

Francesca EmmsI Heart my Hood

“We really wanted to show everyone how amazing these women are, encourage everyone to go meet their neighbours

Business Morning Tea

First Steps

Masterton Neighbourhood Support held a business neighbours day morning tea with over 17 businesses and community organisations plus the Mayor and board members attending. Your work neighbours are just as important as residential neighbours as you never know when a disaster will hit.

Businesses are your work Neighbours

Lynette JunoFirst Steps

Neighbourhood Support Masterton invited the Mayor plus local businesses and Community organisations to morning tea

Safety Eco Sign

Paola MaldonadoI Heart my Hood

In our street, we have concerns about the car speed. So After applying to a grant from Auckland Council, we started an amazing project that finished today in our Neighbourhood Day Party. We collected plastics Lids to make a double-faced sign to say ” SLOW DOWN FOR CHILDREN” and the other side “THANK YOU FOR …

A Lovely Country Lane

Robyn LangstoneThinking Big

We live in a country lane.

Connection from tragedy

Ingrid PapauThinking Big

I thought to myself, ‘that’s not our normal, we don’t need to sit under fear, what can I do to change this atmosphere?’ …..

there for each other

brooke hainsworthI Heart my Hood

… we gather together and stand as one …

Wool Shed Potluck Tea 25 years old

Judy HowardI Heart my Hood


Keeping it Clean and Green

Morgan Educare Centre LtdI Heart my Hood

Morgan Educare Ltd is an early childhood centre in the suburb of Flaxmere, Hastings. It is licensed for 29 children, including nine up to the age of two. The centre cares and provides education for children, most of whom identify as Māori or Pacific. To provide access to early childhood education the governing board has …

My Green fingered Gardener

Jenny BakerI Heart my Hood

I HEART MY HEALTHY HOOD My story is about my partner, the green fingered Gardener. Since we bought our house in Haruru Falls just over a year ago Daniel has been busy transforming our garden. He has built a big raised bed for all our veggie plants, transplanted and relocated tree’s and collected and grown …

What change will do in your Neighbourhood

Heather TanguayI Heart my Hood

I HEART MY HEALTHY HOOD Residents around Milan Reserve in Glen Eden have been working for 3 years to return the Milan Reserve to the community to use. When the project first started, the reserve was filled with rubbish, people were partying and living in the bush, no one went into the bush see what …

Street clean ups bring people together for Neighbours Day

Housing NZNext Steps

Housing New Zealand staff from the Kilbirnie and Porirua Office spent their Saturday cleaning up some streets and putting on BBQs for tenants to mark Neighbours Day. “My team were out cleaning up Miller Place in Lyall Bay and putting on a BBQ for our tenants and their neighbours,” says Area Manager, Alice Daniel-Kirk. The …

Free to a Good Home

Angela OliverThinking Big

Free to a good home pre-loved resource swap

Becs Shares Her Knowledge Of Weeds Over Wine With Her Neighbours

Neighbours DayThinking Big

Enhancing your local environment is a great way to start thinking big about the impact of neighbours on your surrounding neighbourhood. Becs of Auckland is a botanist and has a wealth of knowledge on everything plant related.

Lifewise Invite Their Neighbours For Morning Tea

Neighbours Day Next Steps

Lifewise is one of five neighbourhood passionate organisations making up the Neighbours Day steering group.  To celebrate Neighbours Day 2014 they got together with other businesses in the University of Otago block at 385 Queen Street for a morning tea.

Eden Park Hosts A Neighbourhood Family BBQ

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Eden Park is very aware of the impact it has on its neighbours. With national games happening at the stadium throughout the year and ongoing road closures, there can be disruption to normal life on a regular basis.

Warwick Street Celebrate Neighbours Day By Decorating Neighbourhood Trees!

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Lisa from Warwick Street thinks the proximity of her neighbourhood to a school is why they are so well connected. “The school provides a hub and for us that have children there, we know the parents from school activities”.

Kylee Uses Neighbours Day To Get Neighbourhood Support Going

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Kylee from Sunnyhills used the opportunity of connecting with her neighbours over Neighbours Day weekend 2014 to get her Neighbourhood Support group back up and running.

Kooky Kowhai Street In Whakatane Welcomes New Neighbours

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps

Robyn arrived in Kowhai Street 11 years ago and has developed a passion for her seaside street in Whakatane.

Louisa’s Backyard Conversation Sparked A Neighbourhood Friendship

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps

Louisa used sharing fudge to connect with her neighbour in a backyard conversation. As a young Mum, this fortuitous moment sparked a friendship that had positive long term impacts where she feels supported by her neighbourhood.

Tamati Has A Vision For Front Yards To Be Playgrounds

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps Thinking Big

Tamati from Auckland has a vision for reclaiming the streets in his neighbourhood for his children. He wants to ensure that his children are passed on values of giving and continue the legacy of strong, connected communities.

Maurice, Described As An Ideal Neighbour

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps

Maurice has many neighbourly tendencies from lending tools to collecting mail and always smiling and saying hello. Maurice thinks that a small effort can turn streets into neighbourhoods.

Neighbourliness Is Part Of Our Kiwi DNA

Claire FarrellyFirst Steps

Neighbourliness is part of kiwi DNA, as experienced by 22 year old migrant Roanna. Having a good relationship with her neighbours was critically important to her settling into life in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

How Vicky From Auckland Got To Know Her Neighbours Through Her Children

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Vicky from Auckland wanted to get to know her neighbours better. Through the neighbourhood kids, she got to know the parents and feels her neighbourhood is now a place where families feel safe and cared for.

Blackie And Tui From Orakei Share Their Top Tips For Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Blackie and Tui found they had a very diverse neighbourhood through their Neighbours Day activity. They found going a step further in getting to know each other turned strangers into friends.

Neighbourliness And The Importance Of Social Connection To Mental Wellbeing

Kimberley ClelandThinking Big

Neighbourliness: the relevance of local connections to mental wellbeing and positive mental health summarised here by Amanda Bradley, Northern Development Manager, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Vivian Of Pukekohe With Neighbours Day Resources In Action!

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

Virginia Warren from Pukekohe uses the Neighbours Day Aotearoa pre-printed invitations to advertise her local activity to her neighbours.

Wellington City Getting The Word Out About Neighbours Day!

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Wellington City Council are huge advocates of encouraging neighbourliness through Neighbours Day Aotearoa. Celia Wade-Brown thinks that “good neighbours are an everyday pleasure and a necessity”.

The Next Generation Of Good Neighbours With Rebecca From North Shore

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Rebecca started Neighbours Day Aotearoa, a nationally celebrated weekend of neighbourliness activity. She found having her first child opened up more ways to connect with neighbours and hopes families will join in!

Mapping out a safer street in Rotorua

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Inspired to connect with neighbours to create safer streets, Vivian has mapped out households and contact details through her community map. For Neighbours Day 2014 she is inviting surrounding neighbourhoods to get involved.

It Was Love At First Sight For These Neighbours In Tauranga

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps

New to Neighbours Day Aotearoa, Joy and Mary-Rose fell in love with the idea at a community meeting and got started straight away on organising their activity!

Chalking The Walk In Nelson

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps

Chalking the walk in Nelson was a fun and creative way to celebrate the cycleway and get kids involved in brightening up the neighbourhood.

Love Thy Neighbour

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Love thy neighbour by sharing a secret gift exchange

Eastern Bay Leading The Way!

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Pou Whakaaro in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand was humming with Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2014 activities. Everything from pot luck pizzas to school activities are going on in this very neighbourly pocket of New Zealand.

A Caring Community Of Neighbours

Ruth GreenwayFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Waikato Place is more than just an address for Anne, it has become a community. Her neighbours get together every year and make sure to share contact details. They care for each other and live in harmony.

Sharing What You Grow In Your Backyard

Ruth GreenwayNext Steps

For Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2014, local neighbours got together at Harbour View Reserve in Auckland to have a “community sourced” brunch where all the food came from the local gardens or was home made.

Building Spaces For Neighbours In Your Street, Kathleen And Her Street Seat

Kimberley ClelandNext Steps Thinking Big

Neighbourhood gatherings have been going on for 13 years in Kathleen’s street and they now share skills, resources and stories. To have their property interact with the street more, Kathleen and Ralph built a street seat.

Connecting Neighbours Through Food

Eva NeelyNext Steps Thinking Big

Food is a central focus to our lives, and also a focus in many Neighbours Day activities. Eva Neely has been researching how food practices can be used to promote health holistically, with a specific focus on health promotion in schools.

Announcing The Winners Of New Zealand’s 2014 Good Neighbour Competition

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps Next Steps Thinking Big

Announcing the winners of our 2014 national Good Neighbour competition! Nine winners from all over New Zealand have been selected to each win a $500 summer prize pack from The Warehouse.

Kelsie From Whangarei is in Awe of Her Good Neighbour

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

Kelsie, of Onerahi in Whangarei, is in awe of her neighbour Margaret who she describes as being “the best!”.

Keep Calm and Share Cake

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

One of the best ways to connect with your neighbours is by sharing food. Why not bake or make something for your neighbour to show you care.

Saying Hello Can Lead to a Million Things!

Kimberley ClelandFirst Steps

A simple hello, smile and wave to your neighbour can lead to a million things! There are many ways to say hello in New Zealand! Add yours to the comments below.

Nunia Living On Her Own But Not Alone

Angela RamptonFirst Steps

Nunia (Rosie) Macleod loves living in Tawa and loves all the great people that live closest to her.  “I have really good friends in my neighbourhood who come to visit me every now and then, bringing magazines for me to read or sometimes even a plate of dinner”.  Neighbours in Nunia’s street celebrate Neighbours Day …