Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012 04-Jan-2012

January 4, 2012 10:27 pm

What is Neighbours Day Aotearoa? 

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is about turning New Zealand streets and roads into neighbourhoods.

That means encouraging all of us in New Zealand to go one step further in getting to know our neighbours on the 24-25 March 2012. Whether it’s a first wave or smile, a chat over the fence, inviting someone in for a cuppa or holding a community barbeque, every connection makes our neighbourhoods more friendly, fun and safe.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is also about celebrating the neighbourhoods we have. It’s not about big events, but local activity in every street and neighbourhood. Neighbours Day Aotearoa is something for ALL New Zealanders to be involved in.

The Rural Women NZ Challenge!

We would like to encourage our members around New Zealand to support Neighbours Day Aotearoa on the 24-25 March 2012. A great way to get to know others in your community and even recruit some new RWNZ members!

There are many ways you could celebrate Neighbours Day Aotearoa… Here are a few ideas! 

  • Before Neighbours Day, pop a note card into your neighbours’ letterboxes, asking if they’re interested in getting to know one another and take it from there (You can download a 10-step guide to planning a street get-together here!)
  • Say kia ora, hello, talofa, mālō ē lelei, ni hao or whatever works for you and your neighbours!
  • Organise a street BBQ, or a morning/afternoon tea – ask your neighbours to bring along food to share (or, how about making a giant batch of pancakes and having breakfast together?) 
  • Host an international pot luck (shared) meal with a few of your neighbours – invite everyone to bring a dish in their local tradition
  • Bake something to give to your neighbours or invite them over to your home for a cup of tea
  • Next time you mow your grass verge why not do your neighbours’ verge as well? 
  • Exchange phone numbers in case of emergencies – help your neighbours by giving them all a copy of each other’s contacts (with their permission)
  • Share home-grown produce with your neighbours or start a local community garden
  • Get online: set up a Facebook page or website for your street or neighbourhood to help you organise neighbourly activities 
  • Organise a sports / games afternoon – egg and spoon, sack, relay races, chalk-drawing competitions are simple and great fun 
  • Get creative with your neighbours and decorate your letter-boxes together
  • Organise a street clean-up, gardening / working bee, or giant garage-sale
  • Find out who plays what instrument in your street and organise a musical jam session
  • Do a street clothes swap: Recycle clothes and refresh your family’s wardrobes!
  • Start a neighbourhood library for things you and your neighbours are happy to lend / share with each other (e.g. ladders, tools, books, toys, sports gear, music, art & craft supplies…)

Keen to get involved and want to know more? Contact Emma Humphrey at Rural Women NZ national office on 04 473 5524 –
[email protected] OR visit their website   

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