Streets turned into neighborhoods over the weekend, with residents getting together for street barbecues, garage sales and clean ups – all to celebrate Neighbour’s Day.
Neighbour’s Day Aotearoa was started by Lifewise in Auckland, which then partnered with Neighbourhood Support to get it into cities around the country.
With funding, Neighbourhood Support were able to offer Pestell’s meat vouchers, Bidvest cakes and skip hires from Transpacific Waste for any of the streets to apply for. “It went out to all of the Neighbourhood Support groups but it was open to anyone in the city,” says Nelson co-ordinator Kim MacDonald. “But there were a lot of neighbourhoods that were doing it even without a voucher, so it’s certainly grown in popularity.”
Kim says the reason to celebrate Neighbour’s Day is to turn streets into neighbourhoods where everyone knows each other.
Neil Little, of Burrough Place in Enner Glynn, helped organise a street party for about 18 people, and he says it was a great opportunity to get to know the other residents.