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Auckland Council Supports Neighbours Day Aotearoa

15 March 2012

Auckland Council Supports Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Auckland Council is proud to support Neighbours Day Aotearoa, to be held on the weekend of 24 and 25 March.

Neighbours Day aims to encourage all Kiwis to spend some time getting to know their neighbours better.

“Great cities are built on strong, resilient local communities, and forging good relationships between neighbours is an excellent foundation,” says Mayor Len Brown

“I’d love to see strongly connected neighbourhoods right across Auckland, and those places with close neighbourhood networks already in place celebrate that. Well-connected communities are safer and more vibrant, and I encourage everyone to get involved in this fantastic concept.”

John McCarthy, General Manager Lifewise, one of the organisations behind the campaign, says the weekend is a chance for people to get to know their neighbours, if they don’t already, and to grow local connections with the people who live around them.

“Neighbours Day Aotearoa is not about big events. It’s about everyday Kiwis, reaching over their fence and engaging with their neighbours. There are a lot of inspirational stories and ideas on the website to get people thinking,” he says.

“It could be as simple as waving and saying hello to neighbours you don’t know, sharing a cuppa or asking your neighbour if they need a hand with anything - right through to putting on a street party or BBQ.”

“We’d love Kiwis to show a little neighbourliness this Neighbours Day - by going to the website www.neighboursday.org.nz, signing up and then downloading the ideas and tools they think would work best in their street.”

To find out what might be happening in your area you can also check out Auckland Council’s website http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz search-word, Local Boards.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is an initiative of Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand, and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

This event is proudly supported by Auckland Council.

ENDS

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