Neighbours Day

19 March 2013

Ngaio’s Tarikaka Settlement community is gearing up for a party in their local park this weekend to celebrate Neighbours Day Aotearoa – the national annual opportunity to get to know your neighbours.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa


Liz Gasson, one of the organisers, says the street is a hive of activity all year round.

“We’re a tight-knit community; only recently we’ve had a Christmas picnic, welcomed home one of the new mothers by decorating her house, planted a small community garden and had a housewarming fun run. The neighbourhood kids all play together and it’s great that we all know each other.”

Tarikaka Settlement is the name given to the former railway houses on Tarikaka Street and surrounding Ngaio streets.

One way the community stays connected is through their group Facebook page. Karl Kane, who started the page, says: “Community values here are very strong, everyone is willing to chip in and help each other, which makes things like the Neighbours Day party easier to organise.”

While we are encouraging neighbourhoods to do their own thing, there are heaps of Council-led community events including:

  • Wednesday 20 March: morning tea at Linden Social Centre (bring a plate)
  • Saturday 23 March: BYO picnic at Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi, 30 Ladbrooke Drive, Newlands
  • Sunday 24 March: barbecue at Island Bay Community Centre.

For more details, to find out what’s happening in your area or to get ideas and resources and plan something for your neighbourhood, visit:

Resources for Neighbourhoods

Neighbours Day Aotearoa