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Christchurch Earthquake Relief
25 February 2011

Neighbourhood Support Auckland is currently providing assistance to the Auckland Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) who are coordinating all welfare and recovery response in Auckland. Trained volunteers from Red Cross and Victim Support have been deployed to assist with evacuees from Christchurch.

In the past 48 hours, we have received quite a number of volunteers wanting to help, which is fantastic. NS volunteers can register via the Online Enquiry page or phone our office on 8159605 and leave their details. We provide AWAG with daily updates of our list of volunteers and should your help be required, you will be contacted directly by AWAG. For those who can offer accommodation assistance, please call 0800 AUCKLAND.

pdfAuckland Fact Sheet (AWAG) March 2011

Community Safety Awards to NSAKL
1 September 2010

2010 Community Safety award winners

We are very proud to have two of our very active members, Kim Sherlock and Emma-Jane Climo commended at the Auckland City Community Safety Awards ceremony on 1 September 2010 at the Auckland Town Hall. Emma-Jane further received the Community Safety Award as the 2010 Community Hero.

In addition, our Good Neighbour magazine also received the 2010 Auckland City's Community Safety Media Award.

Leading by example
Carly Tawhiao, Central Leader
22 September 2010

ANTI TAG lobbyist Emma-Jane Climo is being recognised for her work stamping out graffiti.

The Three Kings resident has received a Community Hero Award from the Auckland City Council for her efforts at Owairaka Park.

Miss Climo co-ordinates clean up sessions and has also managed to educate youth about the negative impact of tagging.

"They come up to me and say: `That's somebody's artwork you're cleaning off' and I explain that it's not art, it's vandalism and it's illegal," she says.

"I'd give them some spray and cloths and gloves and away they go."

Miss Climo wasn't aware she could do anything about graffiti until a year ago.

"I asked the council: `What can I do?'

"It was everywhere and it really grated me. It's such a blight on our city."

Miss Climo says with support from lots of volunteers and paint donated by Resene – which received a commerce award for its help – the city is now 97 percent graffiti-free.

"If we can get rid of it in 24 hours, it costs them their pocket money and they don't even bother coming back. I think they've given up at this park," she says.

"Owairaka Park is well set up but hopefully other people will see what we're doing and go back and do it in their neighbourhoods. If members of the community really own their parks and take pride in them, they will help keep them clean. Then others are more likely to respect these places."

Miss Climo also volunteers for Neighbourhood Support Auckland City, which won an award.

"In the past there has been some sort of misunderstanding that we're a vigilante militia. We're not.

"Neighbourhood Support is about encouraging community spirit and looking out for one another. We are always on the look-out for volunteers because we are very short of area co-ordinators."

Council acting manager of street amenity services Rob Shields says Miss Climo's work at Owairaka is deserving of a trophy.

"People like Emma-Jane and nearly 800 other anti-graffiti volunteers who are rapidly removing graffiti within their communities help to send a clear message that anti-social behaviour like graffiti vandalism will not be tolerated," he says.

More than 40 nominees across seven categories were recognised for work carrying out injury prevention, road safety, crime prevention and community safety initiatives in Auckland.

Other winners include May Road Primary School for its road safety DVD, non-profit organisation Shine for its work with domestic violence, a Wesley community youth programme called There's a Better Way and a chaplaincy network called Red Frogs.

Become a volunteer with Neighbourhood Support

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand works closely with the police and other organisations in the community to reduce crime, improve safety and prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. Neighbourhood Support is looking for volunteers across the greater Auckland Region.

By committing only a few hours a week, you can help Police by being the 'eyes and ears' of the community, whether it is identifying streets that would benefit from having a Neighbourhood Support group, establishing a group in your own street, assisting in the office or contributing your skills to various tasks within the organisation, you can make a difference.

Currently, we are particularly looking for volunteers in the following roles:

  • Area Coordinators (for various suburbs)
  • Web site support
  • Fundraising organiser
  • Office staff

Free ongoing training and acknowledgement of your contributions are provided.

If you or someone you know would like to help out, please contact us:

Auckland Region
09 815 9605

Manukau Region
09 262 8931

Waitakere Region
09 834 5185

North Shore Region
09 477 5320

Please note that applicants may have to have a police clearance check.

Ready Dial 111 to report a crime in action.