What is Neighbours Day?
The kaupapa of Neighbours Day Aotearoa is to encourage people to connect with their neighbours and communities. It’s not about big events, it’s about celebrating regular day-to-day connections.
Why is it important?
Isolation is an increasing challenge in New Zealand’s communities. We believe that through fostering a sense of Whanaungatanga and Manākitanga, our neighbourhoods can be safer, more resilient, and all-round happier places to be.
Looking out for and supporting one another promotes trust and helps create safer neighbourhoods.
We can be better prepared for emergencies and recover more quickly when we know our neighbours and can ask for, as well as offer, help.
Connecting with others in our community creates a sense of belonging and inclusion which in turn makes up happier and healthier.
How can I get involved?
Typically a great way to celebrate Neighbours Day is to organise a get-together with those living around you. However, with ongoing developments around the Covid-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage you to follow all instructions from the Ministry of Health around social gatherings and stay up-to-date with any announcements here at http://covid19.govt.nz.
Instead there are other ways to show support and get to know your neighbours. One great resource is our Neighbours Support Card. This is a neighbourly gesture inspired by a worldwide movement to help those living close-by who might be in self isolation. You can download the card, print it out, fill it in and drop it in your surrounding mailboxes. If you’re willing and able, this is great way to let your neighbours know that you’re there for them, should they need groceries picked up, mail delivered or just a friendly chat.
Support Card (329KB PDF)
- Introduce yourself. A wave over the fence, a shared smile at the letterbox, it’s that simple.
- Drop a contact card in your neighbours’ mailbox telling them who you are and how to get in touch.
- Join a Neighbourhood Support Group (check neighbourhoodsupport.org.nz to get started).
Contact Card (938KB PDF)
- Offer to share fruit and veggies from the garden, or other household goods in surplus (do ensure everything is washed after being handled).
- Set up a Facebook or WhatsApp group for your street or building
- Share aroha and support in times of need (using our Support Card)
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