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Rotorua couple's power, security lights cut by suspected burglar

11/08/2019 - A Rotorua couple is warning others after would-be burglars broke into their exterior switchboard in the early hours of this morning, cutting the power to their home.

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Give us a sign

01/08/2019 - Neighbourhood Support is featured in the latest issue of 'Lizard News' in Omokoroa.

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Neighbourhood Support has a fresh new look

27/07/2019 - Neighbourhood Support NZ is bringing a fresh look with the launch of a new logo.

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Learn Kiwi English

23/07/2019 - Free English classes with childcare is coming to Masterton thanks to Weconnect, a Masterton Neighbourhood Support initiative to help new immigrants settle.

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Take precautions against opportunistic burglars

15/07/2019 - Christchurch Police are reminding the community to take precautions against burglars.

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Iconic Neighbourhood face gets a big makeover

10/07/2019 - Neighbourhood Support Hamilton is giving a fresh look to an iconic part of the city streets with the launch of a fresh logo.

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First aid workshops cut to the chase on how to save lives

18/06/2019 - "The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing." This was one of the forthright pearls of wisdom from advanced paramedic Danny Fowler, who gave compelling CPR and AED demonstrations at three public Safety Training Workshops in Motueka and Mapua recently, facilitated by Motueka Districts Neighbourhood Support.

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Walk, bike or car-share to escape tsunami Sumner residents told following new research

12/06/2019 - Sumner residents should evacuate by walking, biking or car-sharing in the event of an in-coming tsunami, according to new research.

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Franklin Local Board seeks crime fighters

12/06/2019 - Franklin Local Board chair Angela Fulljames is encouraging residents to help create safer communities by joining Neighbourhood Support groups.

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Ōtara violence: ‘What are you doing to keep our families safe?’

20/05/2019 - The Ōtara community is calling for a crackdown on crime after a fatal shooting in the South Auckland suburb. Hundreds of residents attended the hui, wanting to voice their safety concerns amid rising levels of gun violence.

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Rotorua Trust gifts Neighbourhood Support a much-needed car

17/05/2019 - Rotorua's Neighbourhood Support got more than they bargained for when the Rotorua Trust gifted them the car they had been desperately seeking.

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Mount Maunganui veteran John Hogg 'held out for Anzac Day' to take his last breath

30/04/2019 - Whether it was marching in the parade or laughing over rum and coffee at the Mount Maunganui RSA, this would be the first service 93-year-old John had missed. Besides being an accomplished pilot and "aircraft buff", John was also a previous chairman of the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty Neighbourhood Support and was a dedicated Rotary member.

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Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Camp Mum earns a name for herself

25/04/2019 - One permanent resident at the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park is many things to many people; a mum, an adviser, a knitter, but most just know her as Camp Mother. She is also the head of Camp Neighbourhood Support.

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Neighbours get together

28/03/2019 - Neighbours in a quiet corner of Tinwald enjoy twice yearly gatherings where they share stories, food and take part in a friendly tomato growing competition.

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Neighbourhood Support for Waiheke

28/03/2019 - Police met with key members of Neighbourhood Support last week to develop a netowkr of people interested in creating safe and connected neighborhoods on the island.

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Take steps to keep your stuff safe

24/03/2019 - Celebrating Neighbours Day and the days around it has practical applications too, as people saw on Saturday, March 30th when Neighbourhood Support and Community Patrols get together at Mitre 10 Mega in Whanganui to install 'safer plates' and engrave tools as anti-theft deterrents.

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Neighbours Day Expanded

24/03/2019 - Communities in Concord and Waldronville are among neighbourhood groups across Dunedin coming together to mark Neighbours Day.

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Safety idea behind scheme

22/03/2019 - An initiative was launched this week in Alexandra that aims to make it easier for local communities to stay safe.

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Trust giving people free meat to host barbies with their neighbours

21/03/2019 - A trust is offering small-town locals thousands of dollars' worth of meat to host late-summer barbecues. The catch? They have to live in central Taranaki and share the barbie offerings with their neighbours.

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Neighbours Day takes on new meaning in wake of Christchurch mosque shooting

21/03/2019 - Neighbours Day couldn't come at a better time as communities need to rally after the Christchurch terror attack, organisers said.

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FRIDAY

19/03/2019 - I sat down to write this blog on the afternoon of Friday 15 March.  It was supposed to be about Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa.  I think it still is.

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An update from the NSNZ National Office...

18/03/2019 - Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims, families and communities involved in the terrorist attack in Christchurch.  

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Neighbours Day Aotearoa – time to celebrate neighbours

11/03/2019 - In honour of Neighbours Day Aotearoa’s 10th anniversary, the NSNZ is encouraging neighbours to come together anytime over this 10 day period to know your neighbours. Whether you are already hosting a Neighbours Day gathering, planning on attending one, or this is the first time you have heard of the campaign – there are many ways you can get involved to make an impact in your neighbourhood.

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Central Taranaki Safe trust celebrates 10 years of helping community

06/03/2019 - Ten years ago the Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust held its first meeting at the Stratford District Council chambers.

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$10,000 to help South Canterbury Neighbourhood Support to get ready

04/03/2019 - South Canterbury Neighbourhood Support [SCNS] is excited to Get Ready after receiving a $10,000 towards operational costs associated with the wider promotion of its local alert network and tool for incident recovery and mutual assistance.

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Meeting to rally Neighbourhood Support group members in Matamata

01/03/2019 - There are currently no Neighbourhood Support groups in Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha and Te Kuiti, but Neighbourhood Support Waikato chair and district representative Chris Smith is hoping to change all that.

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Initiative boosts police station hours

10/02/2019 - A spin-off of a new community partnership is Mosgiel police station being open to the public for longer.

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Matamata residents rally for Neighbourhood Support in town

01/02/2019 - A Matamata resident is encouraging more people to be on the front foot when it comes to crime.

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Neighbourhood Support Papakura Among Latest Auckland Council Grant Recipients

14/01/2019 - Neighbourhood Support included in latest round of grants to back local Papakura groups.

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Neighbourhood Support leader helps save Tauranga home from fire

07/01/2019 - A Tauranga Neighbourhood Support leader has stepped up to the role in more ways than one after helping save the home of a fellow Lakes resident from fire.

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Working together to nurture safe and caring communities

20/12/2018 - Taking care of whanau is what inspires Whaingaroa’s Neighbourhood Support coordinator Kathy Gilbert.

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Two men honoured for work with South Taranaki Neighbourhood Support

07/12/2018 - The award winners were chosen from all 62 Neighbourhood Support groups around New Zealand.

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National award for Orion Street neighbourhood group

06/12/2018 - A little bit of love has gone a long way to making Papakura’s Orion Street a champion.

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Palmerston North Neighbourhood Support team looking for support in return

29/11/2018 - The Palmerston North Neighbourhood Support team is looking to expand its services and is asking for public support to make this possible. 

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Taupo Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator a real good sort

16/11/2018 - The Palmerston North Neighbourhood Support team is looking to expand its services and is asking for public support to make this possible. 

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Volunteers honoured

09/11/2018 - Hard-working volunteers from around the country have been honoured at the Neighbourhood Support New Zealand 2018 AGM, Awards and Forum.

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NSNZ is hiring! New Wellington Coordinator position to create strong NS communities across the capital

08/10/2018 - This is a fixed-term (12 months) part-time role, created to meet the demand for Neighbourhood Support networks in the Wellington area. 

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Culturally diverse and buddied up

26/09/2018 - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Residents, Neighbourhood Support Masterton to launch new initiative that connects newly landed residents from diverse backgrounds with a local neighbourhood buddy. Its purpose is to provide support to CALD residents and inform them where to go locally for information and advice, support with immigration processes, English exams, government paperwork, and to deliver important messages around emergency preparedness, community resilience, and crime prevention

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Waipa District Council to install $240,000 video monitoring system to help keep its community safe

18/09/2018 - The decision approved 13 cameras to be installed as early as November at key intersections in Te Awamutu and Cambridge. Council's roading manager Bryan Hudson said the project, initially driven by CommSafe (a Neighbourhood Support Member Organisation), is an example of community and Council working together.

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Hastings council reaching out to connect with communities

31/08/2018 - Ensuring Hastings is a network of thriving, safe, enjoyable communities is important to everyone who lives in the district, and is something the Hastings District Council has always supported. Whether it be through assisting people to set up Neighbourhood Support groups, holding street-by-street community events, or creating community plans, supporting the district’s diverse communities develop their strengths is an important role for the council.

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Keeping our local community safe

30/08/2018 - Look out for one another, get to know your neighbours, and always report crime to the police were some of the key messages outlined at a public meeting hosted by Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga, on the subject of law and order. “Pakuranga is one of the safest areas to live in, with the eastern part of the Counties Manukau Police District recording the lowest levels of crime despite being the most populated area. This is a testament to the incredible work that our local police do, and they are ably assisted by our Community Patrols and Neighbourhood Support.”

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More than 140 Tauranga residents sign speed reduction petition

26/08/2018 - Frustrated Tauranga South residents are calling for speed reduction measures to slow motorists they say are using their street as a bypass. Christopher Street Neighbourhood Support Group chairman Alex Emeny has lodged a petition he instigated with Tauranga City Council, which has been signed by 142 residents.

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Read the NZ Police Media Release: Signing the Memorandum of Understanding between NSNZ and NZ Police 'Partners for Community Safety'


Read "Perceptions of Community Safety in West Auckland"  The report highlights that community connectedness plays an important role in increasing perceptions of safety.  Community Safety is relevant at both individual and community levels. This research report is about perceptions of safety which is different from an objective measure of changing crime rates, or of actual levels of risk. The reason for this is that it is our perception of safety, or lack of it, that will significantly influence our sense of well-being, whether we feel comfortable to move about freely, the view we hold of other community members, and the levels of participation in community life by ourselves and our families.


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