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Neighbourly.co.nz Hits 100,000 Members

For Immediate Release 30 March 2015

Neighbourly.co.nz Hits 100,000 Members

New Zealand’s first free and private neighbourhood website Neighbourly.co.nz is fast becoming a household name, with membership breaking the 100,000 milestone today.

Active in over 1,600 neighbourhoods, Neighbourly.co.nz brings neighbours and communities closer together, allowing members to share advice, plan events, find employment, discuss community issues, buy, sell and give away items, find lost pets, exchange recommendations on local services, and get to know each other.

The 100,000th member, Marta Karlik-Neale from Wadestown, Wellington, says she joined the site after receiving a letter invite from a neighbour.

“I then met more of my neighbours at the Neighbours Day Aotearoa picnic on the weekend organised through Neighbourly,” she says. “I really appreciate connectivity in my neighbourhood and truly value people getting to know each other. It's important to be part of a community rather than just a group of strangers, to be able to chat with neighbours on the street and know that if we need anything there are people around we can ask for help.”

Neighbourly.co.nz Co-founder and Managing Director Casey Eden says cracking the 100,000 member mark is proof that New Zealanders really are looking for more connection within their neighbourhoods.

“The team and I are incredibly proud to be playing a part in something that is literally connecting thousands of great Kiwis while raising awareness of how important our relationships with our communities are,” he says.

“We launched Neighbourly as a way to reconnect people with their communities and encourage face-to-face relationships with their neighbours - now, every day, we’re hearing incredible stories about neighbours who are banding together to make their communities better. It could be as simple as neighbours discussing local road works right through to members setting up a community garden or putting on a street BBQ.”

Neighbourly launched across New Zealand in June 2014 after a successful two month pilot in Auckland. The site fosters interaction and conversation between neighbours and community organisations by creating an easy way for them to talk and share online through free and private websites for their suburbs.

To become a Neighbourly member in your own suburb, sign up atwww.neighbourly.co.nz.

Neighbourly.co.nz Facts & Figures

• Neighbourly launched in June 2014 and has over 100,000 members across 1,600 suburbs
• Tawa tops the membership leaderboard with 1475 neighbours, followed by St Heliers (1245) and Remuera (1159)
• 73% of members have invited a neighbour to join them on Neighbourly
• Over 2,00 limited edition Mr Vintage Neighbourly tees sent to members over the past nine months - including over 500 this year
• Over 1200 members are Neighbourly Leads for their suburb
• 85.5% of Neighbourly members* want to their neighbours better but cite ‘not seeing them around’ as the reason for not connecting with them more often (71%).

*Neighbourly.co.nz Good Neighbour Survey 2014


ENDS

About Neighbourly.co.nz
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, find employment, ask questions, plan events, discuss local issues – 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.

Based in Newmarket, Auckland, Neighbourly was founded by internet entrepreneurs Casey Eden and Shane Bradley as a way to help them connect more closely to their neighbourhoods and the people living within them. For a 90 second introduction to Neighbourly visit www.neighbourly.co.nz/video. For more information about the Neighbourly backstory visit www.neighbourly.co.nz/about-us.


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