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Neighbourhood Week 2002
26 October - 1 November

What's it all about?
Why have
Neighbourhood Week?
How do I organise
a get-together?
Who's behind all this?
What do I do now?

Neighbourhood Week is a week dedicated to getting to know the people who live close to you.

Who are the people in your neighbourhood?

It's coming up to that time of year again! Yes, Neighbourhood Week is just around the corner!

What's it all about?
Neighbourhood Week is a week dedicated to getting to know the people who live close to you.

A small subsidy is available through some of the city's Community Boards to assist with these events.

From left) - Olivia Orange, Rebecca Tindall, Kimberley Smith and Pru Watson share their ideas with Christchurch City Councillor and Chair of the Neighbourhood Week Committee Sue Wells.

Raft races down the Avon River, pizza parties and an eye catching website were some of the ideas these St Margaret’s College Year 8 pupils produced to promote this year’s nationwide Neighbourhood Week (October 26 – November 1). The girls put their child friendly ideas to last week’s Neighbourhood Support NZ conference as part of a presentation by Christchurch city councillor Sue Wells. “Do whatever brings your community together,” Cr Wells told delegates planning Neighbourhood Week activities. “Go forth and sell the sizzle.”


Why have Neighbourhood Week?
The power of the neighbourhood is undervalued and underestimated in helping to address issues such as loneliness, fear of crime, a lack of security and isolation. It's time to reclaim your neighbourhood any way you want to. Just do it!

Pictured at the lectern are Kimberley Smith (front) and Olivia Orange.

How do I organise a get-together?
Past events that people have organised include:

  • Neighbourhood picnic or party
  • Community group - open day
  • Street party
  • Street barbeques
  • Balloons on all mail boxes
  • Street fair
  • Neighbourhood sports day/afternoon
  • Neighbourhood feast - exotic dishes (Pot luck)
  • Hire a skip and clean up your street
  • Public meeting with guest speakers
  • Morning teas
  • Monster street garage sale
  • Halloween party
  • Karaoke evening
  • Wine and cheese evening
  • Cultural feast/fair/gala/day - celebrate diversity!
  • Murder mystery (Who Dunnit?)
  • A Neighbourhood sea cruise!

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!…you could simply bake a cake or buy a packet of toffee pops and go and knock on your neighbours door…especially the elderly…those at home with young families….those from different cultures and even better those you don't know.

The Shirley Papanui Community Board is hosting a fun fair day for families at the Groynes, October 27, 11am-3pm.


Who's behind all this?
Neighbourhood Week is the brainchild of the Shirley-Papanui Community Board, which held the first event in 1998. It's been adopted by other boards over the last four years and local businesses have got behind the idea. This year, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand has adopted the idea and it will be hitting streets nationwide.

What do I do now?
If you would like to learn more about Neighbourhood Week, or how to participate, see the contact details listed below.

  • Metropolitan area - Jo Maraki 941 5410 and Roger Cave 941 6502
  • Shirley/Papanui - Sharon Ogden 941 5405
  • Burwood/Pegasus - Sue Cobb 941 5321
  • Riccarton/Wigram - Janice Huddy 941 6532 and Roger Cave 941 6502
  • Hagley/Ferrymead - Gina Clarke 941 6615
  • Spreydon/Heathcote - Angela Bishop 941 5113
  • Fendalton/Waimairi - Kay Rabe 941 6732

If you live outside Christchurch, contact your local Neighbourhood Support Canterbury group.

Regular updates will be published in City Scene, the City Council's monthly publication and on this web-site.


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