Mike Stevens and Lynette Miller.

NZ’s best neighbours in The Wood


Some friendly neighbours in The Wood have taken out a national Good Neighbours competition, along with eight others across the country.

Bridget Cassidy and Mike Stevens were nominated by Lynette Miller, after their exceptional care of another neighbour who has been hospitalised.

“Our neighbour had been in hospital for a month after a fall,” says Lynette. “Bridget’s partner found him, and they called his family and encouraged him to go to hospital. She then drew up a roster for nearby neighbours to help feed and walk the dog.”

The community has pulled together to help their neighbour while he’s been hospitalised.

“Mike visits him regularly and brings him books, and also helps in the garden,” says Lynette. “It’s no ordinary garden either, it’s a flower growing business so it’s important it’s looked after.”

The pair will share a prizepack from the Warehouse as part of winning the competition, which is run by Neighbours Day Aotearoa.

The Neighbours Day team, made up of Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, Public Libraries of NZ, The Mental Health Foundation and Neighbourhood Support NZ, are encouraging Kiwis to get to know their neighbours and to find ways to support each other at the local neighbourhood level.