The areas we cover include: Bucklands Beach, Pakuranga, Highland Park, Half Moon Bay, Burswood, Sunnyhills, Farm Cove & Pakuranga Heights

From the desk of Rose...
Know Your Neighbours:
better health and a better society

Trusting your neighbours means that you are more likely to report better health than most people. This is the finding of several international researchers. The findings indicate that you are more likely to have a positive relationship with your neighbours when you believe that they are generally trustworthy. Whether it's a chat by the mailbox, a helping hand with packages, or simply a wave & a smile, this type of interaction can lift your mood, reduce your stress, & instil a sense of belonging. Those benefits, in turn, have been linked to better health, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, digestive complain& sleep problems.
Additionally, neighbours you have spoken to are more likely to be concerned for each other when life gets difficult, such as being unemployed or coping with an illness. Neighbours may offer practical help, such as keeping an eye on your place when you're away. In some cases, they may also share valuable information, such as a recommendation for a great local childcare centre or the name of an excellent doctor with an office nearby.
Believe it or not when it is the national norm for neighbours to be involved in their community & know each other sufficiently enough to trust each other, there is a flow on effect at a national level. Researchers have found that local community “trust of neighbours” is associated with more efficient legal systems, less corruption, higher quality government bureaucracies, economic growth & financial development.
Importantly, knowing your neighbours means that they are more likely to care about you, your property & what is happening in the neighbourhood. Knowing your neighbours provides social permission to watch out for each other & get involved if needs be. In our individualistic society, where privacy is an important concern, people often will be confused about whether they should get involved if they see something unusual occurring at a neighbour’s property or to a person. There is a phenomenon known as “bystander apathy”, which means that seeing a person in distress, such as being attacked, having a heart attack or being unconscious, the more people there are seeing the event the less likely it is that anyone will help. Initially, this phenomenon was attributed to people not caring but after further investigation it was found that people were confused about their personal responsibility: getting involved or maintaining the person’s privacy presents a conflict. When people feel they are a part of a community & consequently are concerned for what happens within it they are more likely to react to unusual events, both of people & property.

The most direct route to building greater trust is neighbourly interaction. Spend time in public spaces, such as the local dog park, bike path, or coffee shop. Join a civic group, volunteer for a neighbourhood project, take a class at the community centre or start your own Neighbourhood Support Group. The better you get to know your neighbours, the more likely you are to trust them & the more you stand to gain in health, well-being & improve the safety of your community.

Connect 4

Have you  ever crossed the road & looked at your home from your neighbours point of view?  Have you ever wondered how others see your home as they look across the road or pass by?
Connect 4 means caring about your neighbourhood by connecting with the four neighbours on either side and across the street...being a little more aware of their connections, & being just a good neighbour & showing neighbourliness...getting to know each other just that bit better. You are probably already doing this so it will be nothing new to you, but for those who are not so connected, perhaps 2012 is your time to connect 4!

We Need YOU!

If anyone would like to volunteer to help us put together Neighbourhood Support packs, please can you contact us at

Any help would be much appreciated, Thank you.
Visit and register to be part of the largest-ever earthquake drill in New Zealand!
Join us in the world’s first nation-wide ‘ShakeOut’ earthquake drill where we aim to have 1 million people in New Zealand do the Drop, Cover and Hold drill at 9.26am on Wednesday 26 September (9:26-26:9).
New Zealand ShakeOut has been created to help people and organisations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to be protected when they happen. Everyone will practice "Drop, Cover and Hold"—the right action to take in an earthquake.
Spread the word about ShakeOut (share it with your staff, clients, customers,  suppliers etc via word of mouth, posters, staff intranet, your website, emails, Facebook, Twitter etc)
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If a disaster happened now, would you be ready?

Due to its location and environment, New Zealand faces many potential disasters. In some cases, such as a weather related or volcanic disaster, there may be time for a warning.

But an earthquake or a tsunami close to land could strike without warning.

All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives. So it's vital that you prepare now.

This website will show you how to get ready, so you'll get through:
Local volunteers recognised

More than 200 people were recognised for their contributions to Howick, Pakuranga and Botany communities at the recent Howick Local Board Volunteer Awards.

Howick Local Board Chair Michael Williams thanked the volunteers who attended the ceremony, as well as the 40,000 other volunteers in the area, for giving their time and skills for the benefit of the community.

"Without the people who pour hundreds of volunteer hours into sport and recreation, education, social services and the environment in the Howick Local Board area, we wouldn’t have the great communities that we have," he says.

Award recipients represented a broad range of local organisations, including the Howick Volunteer Coastguard, the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple and Manukau East Council of Social Services.

The volunteers who were honoured provide a diverse range of services, including giving free legal advice, bringing together neighbourhood support groups, volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau, working with troubled teens, providing companionship for older people, planting
trees and holding free tai chi classes.

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Neighbourhood Support Pakuranga/ Bucklands Beach Inc – Notice of AGM 2012

28 August  2012    7–9pm
The Annual General Meeting of Neighbourhood Support Pakuranga/Bucklands Beach Incorporated will be held on Tuesday 28th August 2012, starting at 7:00pm.
The venue will be the Social Room, Ground Floor( next to the café) at Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga.

Chair’s  Report
Financial Report
Election of Officers (Deputy Chair and committee members).
General Business
All Neighbourhood Support Street Contacts, Neighbourhood Support Group members and our partner agencies are very welcome.
It is important to note that all local residents are members of Pak/Bk. Beach NS Inc. However, now that we are incorporated, voting rights at the AGM are only open to fully paid up members of Neighbourhood Support Pakuranga/Bucklands Beach. The fee is  $12.00 per year or proportionate, and may be made free to members with the specific agreement of the Committee.
Payment by cheque or cash on the evening of the AGM would be acceptable.
Any nominations, enquiries or apologies may be made to or before the 26th August 2012.

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Meet the Team:
        Ayleen de Vilder                                Val  Steven                                   Rose Lyons