Monday, March 7, 2011

Neighbourhood Support Group

At the right of this page under Useful Weblinks you will see we have added the NZ Neighbourhood Support Website, which we do hope you will take a look at.
We were invited to attend a Public Meeting here in Otaki, late in 2008, which was conducted by the NZ Police, and Levin NSG Co-ordinator, Wendy Forman. This was a very informative evening, about how to keep ourselves safe in our homes, etc., and how, by joining a group we could also establish a close knit community in our street in case of emergencies or disaster, earthquakes, etc. The result was that the three households from our street who were at the Meeting signed up to form a group.
We spoke to people in our street, and arranged a Meeting, on 4th February 2009, at one of our houses, and invited Wendy Forman to sign up the other neighbours who were interested in joining. Wendy supplied us with stickers for our homes, and explained the benefits of joining. Since then we get regular emails from Wendy about any Police matters we need to know about in Otaki, which may ultimately help the Police. Statistics have proven that we are now 96% less likely to be victims of crime in our street.
Looking back over the last two years we have organized our own security by making a list of all the things we own which would prepare us, and help us, in the event of a disaster, whether flooding or earthquake.
This of course is why we have bonded as a great street to live in, and enjoy each others company.

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