Get to know your neighbours
Guides, tips and resources
These resources provide ideas to start or maintain connections in your local community.
Neighbours contact cards
Use these cards to record your neighbours' names and / or support person's details. Keep a card in your wallet ready for use in a crisis or civil defence emergency. You never know when you may need to call upon your neighbours.
Printable neighbour contact card (1MB PDF)
Call us on 04 499 4444 to have some neighbours cards sent to you. Alternatively, you can pick the cards up from:
- Community Centres
- Recreation Centres
- Wellington City Council Service Centre, 12 Manners Street.
Offer of Support Cards
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)
Neighbourhood resources register
Make a register of people's skills and needs, and the resources in your neighbourhood, so you can be ready to help each other out.
Neighbourhood resources register (203KB PDF)
What is a 'resilient' neighbourhood and how do you get one?
A resilient neighbourhood is one that's prepared for anything – from a power outage to an earthquake.
What's a 'resilient' neighbourhood? (176KB PDF)
Knowing your neighbours
Knowing your neighbours is a key step in building your community resilience and finding ways to build social support around you. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please avoid organising public gatherings. Instead find small ways of reaching out to neighbours, creating or joining online neighbourhood groups, and setting up ways of supporting each other.
10-step Getting Together Guide (568KB PDF)
Join your local Neighbourhood Support group at https://www.neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz/
Conversation tips and mental wellbeing
While social distancing may cause significant disruptions to how people normally socialise, it is important to look after mental health during this time and find ways to continue to have social contact. We will continue to update this section with local social resources, but here are some high level tips.
Looking after your mental wellbeing
Helpful Conversation Tips
Get Prepared for an Emergency – Infographic
See this handy poster to remind you of what to do in the event of an earthquake. This includes alternatives if you can’t do the standard 'drop, cover, hold' for mobility reasons. You can also see a list of items to store in your emergency kit.
In most emergencies you should be able to stay at home, so make sure you have everything you need for at least three days.
Funding for neighbourhood projects
The Council's funding team can help with grant applications, and proposals for neighbourhood projects that aim to encourage community preparedness and strengthen local connectedness in a way that is sustainable and has ongoing benefit.
You can borrow a kai cooker for free to help with catering for neighbourhood and community events.
Event planning and support
Due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public gatherings are discouraged. Please check the New Zealand Government website on the national response for more advice for communities.
The Council works with the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) to support emergency preparedness in the community. WREMO works directly with individuals and organisations to improve their readiness for emergencies.