Tēnā koutou katoa, 
greetings to all

The year has kicked off with a hiss and a roar! It is hard to believe it is March already. We hope you have all had a great summer and a good start to the year.

We are looking forward to hosting our second Neighbour’s Day Aotearoa event at our office next week. Last year we invited our neighbours to a casual afternoon of drinks and nibbles to meet and get to know each other. It was a fun afternoon and a fantastic way to build neighbourliness.

Whether you are an individual, a group, or an organisation, whether you live in a house, an apartment building, or a flat you can host a Neighbours Day event and connect with your community.

In our area of Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore, we are surrounded by so many businesses, shops and offices, but we are all so busy going about our daily lives that there is little time to meet, connect or even stop to chat with one another.

Our Foundation supported the establishment of Neighbour’s Day Aotearoa because we believe that every connection we have with our neighbours makes for a more friendly, fun and safe neighbourhood. And when neighbourhoods are connected, our communities can be stronger, happier and more resilient.

Neighbour’s Day falls over the weekend of March 24 and 25, but we are celebrating on a weekday, Monday 26 March. It is not too late to throw together a last minute event – a street party, an office BBQ, an event in a public place. For ideas visit Neighbours Day Aotearoa.

Have fun!

John McCarthy

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