Neighbours Aotearoa (formerly Neighbours Day Aotearoa) is a community development initiative dedicated to growing, connecting and strengthening neighbourhoods across the country. It is a place-based and local approach – neighbours linking up in their local communities. Each year in March we encourage everybody to do something small - or large! - that lets you know a neighbour that bit better.
We acknowledge te reo Māori as one of the official languages of Aotearoa; the word Aotearoa is a word that originally was used to describe our beautiful country. Unlike English, Aotearoa is the only place in the world where we can speak te reo Māori and we want to be a part of keeping te reo Māori alive and relevant.
The two lines represent Ranginui and Papatūānuku, the sky father and the earth mother, who together bring balance and growth to all of us who exist between them.
The points along each line represent the nine whetū of Matariki. They travel across the sky each June/July and represent a time of celebration and renewal for us.
The koru are taken from the original Neighbours Day Aotearoa logo. Koru represent growth. By pointing the two inwards towards one another, they illustrate reciprocity and sharing.