27 October 2004
National Neighbours’ Week launches Monday
From borrowing lawnmowers to sharing local knowledge, from saying hello to making a new friend, it is time to get to
know your neighbours again as National Neighbours’ Week starts on 1 November.
A week-long national celebration, it reminds people to push themselves to meet their neighbours and work toward making
happier and safer communities.
Various events throughout the week will provide awareness of the many benefits neighbours gain by supporting each other.
“Crime, the elderly, loneliness, community spirit, helping out, safety, local news are all issues that can be discussed
and solved when communities are communicating. From walking buses to neighbourhood support groups, it is a time to
discuss neighbourhood issues,” says Auckland City’s community advisor Bridget Sewell.
From Monday to Saturday, an information booth at St Lukes shopping centre will provide information about the benefits of
knowing your neighbours, from safety tips from the police to preparing yourself in the event of an emergency or
Foodtown supermarket at St Lukes is providing an emergency survival kit with everything a family needs to survive for
three days in the event of a disaster.
“People can prevent emergencies becoming disasters by being aware of problems before they occur and then making a plan
to avoid the problems or minimise them,” says Jane Lodge, the emergency management advisor for Auckland City. Ms Lodge
will be one of the many experienced people providing information at St Lukes next week.
National Neighbours’ Week postcards have been designed to help people through the often-difficult process of meeting
the people who live around them. A form on the back can be filled in to let neighbours know about each other. They can
then be dropped off in neighbours’ letterboxes. The colourful postcards are available from the St Lukes information
In association with the police, Neighbourhood Support, Civil Defence and Auckland City, National Neighbours’ Week runs
from 1 November to 7 November.