Celebrating Neighbours Day Aotearoa in the beautiful Kāpiti Coast is the perfect way to take that first step in getting to know your neighbours better – or to renew the relationships you've already created. It encourages us all to connect with our neighbours and celebrate our neighbourhoods.
Getting to know your neighbours strengthens our community making it healthier, safer and more resilient – especially during emergencies when we need to support each other.
The theme for Neighbours Day 2022 was Kai Connections. Connecting over kai is a fun, inclusive and creative way to get involved. You can choose to grow, make or share your kai with your community.
Neighbours Day events ran between Friday 18 March and Sunday 27 March, and most events were online this year due to COVID-19.
Mike King from Finders Eating Foraging uses kai to connect to his community.
In this introductory workshop you'll learn a couple of native plants you may not have known you can eat! Enjoy this sneak peek into Ōtaki College's garden, where Mike uses ice cream to teach the students about horticulture and foraging.
Neighbourhoods made their own plan, or chose from this list of suggested fun activities:
- swapping home-grown produce
- sharing recipes
- drawing kai with chalk on the footpath (children)
- planting seeds to grow your own kai
- or simply enjoying a cup of tea, a biscuit and a friendly chat.
For more ideas visit the Neighbours Day Aotearoa website.
To help make your event as good as possible, neighbourhoods receives:
- support, tips and resources to organise your event
- goodie pack including Neighbours Day resources, vouchers and other goodies
- follow-up support and information to help neighbours stay connected.
In addition, all event hosts went in the draw to win some great prizes.
For more information, email [email protected]
He wake eke noa! We're all in this together!