Our Team

12107945_10154316949741110_7289696851189422401_nJanette Searle – Project Manager, Neighbours Day Aotearoa

I’m a believer in the power and importance of community, so I’m really excited to be part of the team.     I’ve worked in the business side of a variety of sectors and industries using my project management and development skills in Film and Television; the Health, Youth Development,  Education and Creative Sectors; and with Social Enterprise and the Not for Profit sectors. I’m based in Auckland, but can see a fair amount of travel coming up.  Please get in touch anytime, to share an idea, talk about how an organisation you’re part of can get involved, or just to say hi.  You can reach me on kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz or at 0274334978.



Tim AntricTim Antric – Executive Director, Public Libraries of New Zealand

I have an extensive senior management, strategy and marketing background. I have worked with numerous organisations to create change in communities, organisations and individuals over the last 20 years, in the UK, NZ and Australia. I am also a Chartered Marketer through the Chartered Institute of Marketing.





deniseprofileDenise Bijoux – Community led development broker, Inspiring Communities

I have been involved in Neighbours Day since 2010 because I love how, when local people work together, amazing things can happen! I started simply by sharing the abundance of honey our beehive produced one summer. Although I have lived in the same place for nearly 16 years, that first step meant I got to know people who lived just a few doors down from me. Since then I have helped organise larger local events like a locally grown feast in 2014 where local people shared whatever we had growing and a local chef created an amazing feast out of it – as well as the local fruit and vege we had fresh caught snapper from the harbour and a local musician to entertain us – it was lots of fun! Over the past few years I have seen these one-off things turn into great relationships and projects that really make a difference in people’s regular lives. Neighbours Day helps people have the confidence to get to know local people and do things that they have often been wanting to do for a long time and it is a real pleasure to be part of the planning team.




Kelsey Scarr Neighbourhood SupportKelsey Scarr – National Manager, Neighbourhood Support NZ

My name is Kelsey Scarr and I am the new National Manager for Neighbourhood Support New Zealand (NSNZ), based in the National Office in Wellington. I have come into this role with passion and the drive to see our organisation thrive and grow to be seen as a leader in the community safety and not for profit sector.

I am very excited to be involved in the steering team of Neighbours Day Aotearoa, as I see it is a fantastic initiative and neighbourhood support plays a big role in increasing neighbourliness and connectedness throughout our communities.





Moira Lawler – General Manager, Lifewise

Jill Hawkey – Executive Director, Christchurch Methodist Mission

 Ciaran Fox – Mental Health Promotion Strategist, Mental Health Foundation of NZ


Supporters and Partners

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The Tindall Foundation is a philanthropic family foundation established in 1994 by Stephen and Margaret Tindall.  Between 1995 and 2014, The Tindall Foundation has donated over $125 million to help communities across New Zealand.  The Tindall Foundation are supporting Neighbours Day Aotearoa to grow neighbourliness across New Zealand communities.



Founded in Christchurch 100 years ago, AMI insurance is one of New Zealand’s leading general insurance providers.  With branches across New Zealand, AMI is committed to supporting local neighbourhoods and share a common vision with Neighbours Day to create safer, friendlier and more connected neighbourhoods.


Neighbourly is a free and private neighbourhood website for New Zealand. Using Neighbourly, neighbours create websites for their communities to exchange recommendations on local services, ask questions, plan events, discuss local issues, find jobs and lost pets – and get to know one another. By creating more real world connections between neighbours and their community organisations, Neighbourly aims to build stronger, safer and friendlier places to call home.

Join in: www.neighbourly.co.nz/join.

For a 90 second introduction to Neighbourly visit www.neighbourly.co.nz/video and for more information about the Neighbourly backstory visit www.neighbourly.co.nz/about-us.