Earlier this year, Tamahere Lane residents formed a Neighbourhood Support Group and are delighted with their move.
“I think it is a good organisation to get involved with,” said one resident, John West, who would like to see the Neighbourhood Support network spread in Tamahere.
“We get regular bulletins about suspect persons and vehicles as well as [newsletters] telling us what is going on,” he said.
Neighbourhood Support (NS) works closely with the Police and many other organisations in the community to reduce crime, improve safety and help people prepare to deal with emergencies and natural disasters. It aims to make our homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities safer and more caring places in which to live.
The NS co-ordinator for Tamahere is Andrew Griffiths who is happy to provide information to anyone interested in setting up a new group. He can be contacted by phone on Hamilton 858 2779 or click here to email him.
Click the following link for a guide to setting up a NS group (pdf): NS Group Startup
Neighbourhood Support Groups enable people to share information, ideas and insights.
On its website, Neighbouhood Support NZ details what a group does. It will:
- Encourage neighbours to talk to each other
- Share information that will help reduce the risk and fear of crime
- Help foster a sense of community spirit, where everyone is respected and valued
- Educate and empower neighbours to take responsibility for their own safety
- Identify the needs of neighbours and ways to assist each other
- Identify the strengths and skills of neighbours to contribute to solving local problems
- Minimise burglaries and car crime in the local area
- Reduce graffiti, vandalism, violence and disorder
- Support victims of crime
- Enhance the safety features and appearance of the neighbourhood
- Decide on ways to handle any civil emergencies that may occur
- Know when and how to contact Police, other emergency services or support agencies
- Liaise and co-operate with other community groups