Held in March every year!
The kaupapa of Neighbours Day Aotearoa is:
- to encourage people to connect with their neighbours, and
- reaching out to those around us is part of the mission of our Church.
People today recognise they are isolated from their neighbours yet are unsure what to do about it. Neighbours Day Aotearoa aims to help bring people together by encouraging intentional connection with their neighbours, whether that be organising a street party or just saying ‘Kia Ora!”.
About Neighbours Day
Started in 2009, Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a collaborative campaign organised and supported by Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, The Mental Health Foundation, Christchurch Methodist Mission, New Zealand Red Cross, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand, Kāinga Ora, Auckland Council and Housing New Zealand.
Thousands of neighbours, organisations, local government and local businesses have been involved, bringing neighbours together over ten days in March each year.
Regardless of where you live, knowing your neighbours matters. Neighbours Day organisers say that every connection you have with your neighbours makes your neighbourhood more friendly, fun and safe. By encouraging better connected neighbourhoods and more everyday ‘neighbourliness’, neighbours can be stronger and more resilient, significantly enhancing the wellbeing of individuals, family/whānau and the wider community. It is believed that stronger neighbourhoods can be part of the successful antidote for many social issues within Aotearoa.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa continues to be a catalyst for thousands of New Zealanders to connect with their neighbours and turn their streets into neighbourhoods.
Every year parishes around Aotearoa New Zealand get involved in Neighbours Day- sometimes in partnership with their local Presbyterian Support, particularly Presbyterian Support Northern (PresCAre), or another agency, or on their own. For inspiration and ideas about how to get involved, check out the Neighbours Day Aotearoa website and see past Church Neighbours Day projects on the left hand menu.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa has Community Connectors who will help activate Neighbours Day across the motu, spread awareness and work alongside communities to put on Neighbours Day Aotearoa events. They are go-to people for any advice, tips, or support! See more here.