Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2019

Celebrating ten years of Neighbours Day over ten days March 22-31 2019

 “Neighbours Day Aotearoa started with the belief that every connection you have with your neighbours makes your neighbourhood more friendly, fun and safe.  Neighbours can be stronger and more resilient, significantly enhancing the wellbeing of individuals, family/whanau and the wider community.”   (

To recognise Neighbours Day Aotearoa, LINK is once again encouraging community building at a grassroots level — neighbour to neighbour.  For a third year we are distributing packs with two teabags and tips for neighbourhood connection to letterboxes throughout the Upper Clutha — 5000 of them!  It seems a small thing, but place-based connection is where community starts.  We know from LINK’s 3 Question survey that people value friendliness and supportiveness — both strengthened by connecting over a cuppa.

Steph & Meetu
Steph and Meetu, sharing a cuppa while making teabag packs

5 ways to connect with your neighbours

  1. Invite them over for a cuppa and a conversation
  2. Share magazines, books, produce, flowers
  3. Share contact details – especially important in an emergency (see community response plans on QLDC website, Alpine Fault emergency info at
  4. Join your residents / community association – see list below
  5. Organise a neighbourhood get together – see our guide below

Residents / Community Associations in the Upper Clutha
Contact Details

Organise a neighbourhood get together

A few years ago LINK put together this handy guide for organising a local gathering — could be a street party, BBQ, dessert, kids’ bikes and games — whatever brings folks together.

Share your neighbourly photos and win a prize!

Connect with a neighbour any way you like (but include the teabag pack), send us a photo, and be in to win an afternoon tea at a local cafe!  You can email pictures and stories to or post on our Facebook page.

Happy Neighbours Day Wanaka!

MAC Students in the Community assembling packs
Fiona, Sue, and David helping out

Want to spread the love?

If you didn’t get a teabag pack or want more to share, email or pop into our office at 73 Brownston Street.