Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

25 March 2014

This weekend many communities are opening their doors and inviting others to join them in celebrating our vibrant, culturally and ethnically diverse city.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Councillor Malcolm Sparrow with Council staff.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is an annual event that aims to turn strangers into neighbours and streets into neighbourhoods/ Atawhaingia te Pa harakeke.

Over the weekend thousands of Kiwis are encouraged to take the time to engage in small and local acts of neighbourliness.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says, “Good neighbours are an everyday pleasure and a necessity in an emergency. This weekend take the time to say hello to your neighbours and find out how you can help in a civil defence emergency.”

“Being a good neighbour can mean many things from a nod and a wave, a kind word, doing something helpful or responding to those who need your help in an emergency,” she says.

Bill Rawiri, the joint Chairman of Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi Marae says as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes, there were 42 people from all walks of life and different ethnicities arriving to stay at the marae without food, clothing or supplies. “Our community really turned out and supported these evacuees. This resulted in the resurgence of community gatherings at the marae.”

This year the marae’s Neighbours Day activities include a:

  • BYO picnic
  • hangi ($10 each)
  • sausage sizzle
  • games and activities
  • traditional Māori crafts
  • emergency support details
  • finding out about community projects run by the marae.

Other open days and events are being held in locations throughout Wellington, including:

  • Johnsonville
  • Newlands
  • Strathmore
  • Miramar
  • Owhiro Bay
  • Kilbirnie
  • Mount Victoria
  • Hataitai
  • Tawa.

Check out what events are planned for your local community:

Neighbours' Day Aotearoa 2014 - Community Events

To find out more about how you can be prepared in an emergency, see:

Emergency Management - Prepare for an Emergency