From humble beginnings in 2009, Neighbours Aotearoa has evolved and grown - initially being just one day, it then expanded to ten and then to the entire month of March. Our vision is to see locally driven year-round activities, participation and organising that makes longer-term and more deeply ingrained changes to the social fabric of Aotearoa.

We want neighbourhoods to have the ability to act, shape, and influence the things that matter to them. Each year, we focus on March to encourage streets, apartment blocks, rural communities, neighbourhoods, and suburbs to connect, share and celebrate. Because, we know: When we connect with our Neighbours good things happen. Ka tūhonohono te hapori, ka puta ngā hua.

Neighbours Aotearoa was the catalyst I needed to meet my neighbour
- Te Whanganui-a-tara / Wellington
“Together we are stronger. We now sing happy birthday to our neighbours. The last time we had 20 people singing!”
Ōtākou / Otago
There is a huge benefit for neighbours to
know each other, keep connected,
help each other and give a friendly wave.
Knowing your neighbours makes your
street safer and a more caring place to live.”
- Manawatū-Whanganui

Why Neighbours Aotearoa?

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.

Theory of Change

Click here to view the Neighbours Aotearoa Theory of Change

Neighbours Aotearoa Kaupapa

Neighbours Aotearoa wishes for people in their neighbourhoods to be connected - sharing their resources and skills in thriving communities where everyone can participate. We support connection on a peer-to-peer level neighbourhood scale so that health and well-being are improved and neighbourhoods are flourishing, inclusive and resilient.

We believe that:

    • expertise in what's best for communities sits with communities
    • everyone should have opportunities and resources to participate in their community
    • every neighbour has something to share – whether it is a conversation, kai, a skill, or a resource
    • all forms of participation matter – from waving or a cup of tea with a single neighbour to street-wide events
    • you do not have to be a part of an established organisation/ church/ group to participate in your community
    • neighbours can work together to improve their own neighbourhood
    • connection is grown by activities that are inclusive and everyone can participate in
    • small, everyday connections and activities can lead to tangible and transformative change for neighbourhoods, towns, cities and Aoteaora.

    About the Neighbours Aotearoa logo

    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.

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