Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

11 March 2014

Pencil in the weekend of 29 and 30 March to celebrate our vibrant, culturally and ethnically diverse city with your neighbours.

Family working together in the garden.

Get to know your neighbours


Neighbours' Day aims to encourage Kiwis to engage in local acts of neighbourliness, and ultimately, to make New Zealand neighbourhoods safe, fun and friendly places to live. This year’s theme is “Atawhaingia te Pa harakeke – turning streets into neighbourhoods”.

Acknowledging that neighbourliness isn’t restricted to one out of 365 days, celebrations will take place during March.
A number of events are happening across Wellington including:

  • Aro Valley Fair (22 March)
  • a mid-week barbecue at Khandallah Town Hall Centre on 26 March
  • a community picnic at the Hataitai Bowling Green on Sunday 30 March.

The Local Food Network will be hosting a pot-luck lunch on the Soundshell lawn at Wellington Botanic Garden, and the Mount Victoria Innermost Gardens Community Café will be serving a special Neighbours' Day brunch on Sunday 30 March.

Other Neighbours' Day celebrations include the:

  • Strathmore CommUNITY Centre Open Day
  • Johnsonville Community Police Centre Open Day and
  • Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi Marae Open Day in Newlands.

Get involved: organise a street pot-luck barbecue, an activity morning for the neighbourhood children, or a morning tea to think about emergency evacuation plans, and take the time to get to know the people who you live side-by-side with.

To find out about Neighbours' Day events near you and resources for your neighbourhood event:

 You can request printed resources for your event by emailing neighbours@wcc.govt.nz