Neighbourhood Support

What is Neighbourhood support?

Come along to our meeting on 5th September to find out more from our Wellington Coordinator, Emma.

Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient, and connected communities. They (and we) believe that a well-connected community helps to improve safety, resilience, and wellbeing for all.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is a registered charity, and since 1999 has been working alongside New Zealand Police and other partners to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety and connectedness, get prepared for emergencies, and support one another so that our communities are great places to live.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is made up of a network of community organisations (member organisations) that currently support over 200,000 households (and counting) across the country.

Neighbourhood Support is free to join and offers a wide range of benefits. You will:

  • Have opportunities to connect with those around you.
  • Receive emails with what’s happening in your community.
  • Get tips to improve the safety of your home and your community.
  • Learn how to get prepared for emergencies.
  • Be invited to attend community events organised by Neighbourhood Support.
  • And more!

Being involved in Neighbourhood Support comes in many forms. You might:

  • Stay connected online or by email.
  • Attend street meetups.
  • Host or join street barbeques.
  • Participate in kai swaps or seed swaps.
  • Join street beautification projects.
  • Or more!

By staying connected and supporting each other, we can make our neighbourhoods safe and welcoming for all.

So what can we do in Island Bay and Southgate?

Emma McGill is our Wellington Neighbourhood Support Coordinator, she is employed by NS NZ national office.

Usually, a group of 10-12 households on a street will connect, they may have a street coordinator, or may coordinate via Emma, the Wellington Coordinator

In addition, these groups may look out for vulnerable people on the street and have a plan on how to ensure all are safe in the event of an emergency.

Currently, there are 2 groups listed in Island Bay, there may be more set up and just not on the Wellington database.

There are no requirements for setting up a group. You can communicate via Emma or set up your own FB/WhatsApp/Email group. Ideally, with meetings a few times a year to build those connections.

You can contact Emma via email:

Check out their Website for more information.

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