Katya works for AMI as Project Manager for Digital strategy and Innovation. She shares her experience on getting together with her neighbour to set up the ultimate Neighbours day event.
"When my Mum came home with a flyer she picked up at the local library with information on Aotearoa Neighbours Day I decided to reach out to a local neighbor to see if she’d be interested in organising a street party with me. In Auckland several of Auckland Council’s local boards are supporting Neighbours Day offering small grants for neighbourhood events. It was a super easy process to apply for a grant.
With my grant all confirmed I signed up to Neighbours Day Website to register my event and get some ideas for the day. They sent me a pack with invites and posters to get me started; they also have great resources and inspirational ideas on their website! Over a couple of glasses of wine and some pizza my neighbour Katie and I brainstormed fun ideas and the kids drew up a cute invite.
We have decided to keep it simple, and are grabbing a couple of BBQ’s, rolling them down to the end of the street. For safety we will block off the end of the street with road cones and bunting and games (swing ball, soccer, and badminton) for kids and families to play.
Auckland Council encouraged us to go door to door meeting neighbours to publicise our street party and this has really paid off. Loads of people saying they are keen to come and many are offering to help. We have also gathered everyone’s phone numbers and emails so we can keep in contact with each other in future.
People’s creative talents are being put to use: Older high school kids are writing street signs my daughters Granny has pulled out the sewing machine and is sewing up remnants into beautiful colourful bunting flags.
Amazingly, a lot of other community organizations and local businesses have now come on board to provide us with equipment and food supplies for the event. I’m totally blown away by the response. As soon as you say you are organising a community event people really come together!!!
Though the weather is looking a bit dodgy for Sunday, but thanks to Hollywood Props and Sales we will have Ezi-up tents to keep us dry. Delicious Westmere Butcher sausages have been sponsored by the local butcher. Countdown Pt Chevalier is also sponsoring all our grocery and BBQ requirements including ingredients for baked potatoes for the Vegetarians and non alcoholic drinks! "
AMI together with Neighbourly are asking people to 'Take 2' minutes out of their day to connect with a neighbour.
We all have a neighbour we awkwardly wave to some mornings but never actually connect in person. So we want to give you a bit of a helping hand. We’d love all New Zealanders to take the pledge to get out and start meeting their neighbours face to face. Find out more: