B43 - Neighbourhood Support
Neighbourhood support groups operate in many urban and rural areas throughout New Zealand.
They keep neighbours in touch, improve neighbourhood safety, reduce crime and provide help and support for people in an emergency.
Your local neighbourhood support group could be your first point of contact in a natural disaster.
Neighbourhood support groups are set up and run on a voluntary basis by people who live close to one another. If your area does not have a neighbourhood support group, you can
set one up with your neighbours. Your local Police, council / emergency management office and Neighbourhood Support New Zealand can help you establish a group.
- Participating in a neighbourhood support group could improve your personal safety and security and help you in an emergency. A 2015 survey conducted by Palmerston North
Neighbourhood Support1 has shown that residents participating in neighbourhood support networks have an increased sense of safety and security.
- This is a good way to meet with people.
- You will need to show commitment to the group and may be required to participate in meetings, be a contact person and learn how to deal with a civil defence emergency.
What do I need in order to take this option?
- A neighbourhood support network needs to exist in your area.
- You will need to have the time to participate in any neighbourhood support meetings or activities.
Could this option limit my future choices?
No, it may help you to stay living independently in your own home.
For more information
- Your local Police, for information about neighbourhood support groups in your area
- Your council / emergency management office, for information about neighbourhood support groups in your area, and to get information about emergency preparedness
- Neighbourhood Support New Zealand. See: www.ns.org.nz/index.html/About/About
- Neighbours Day Aotearoa. See: http://neighboursday.org.nz