Neighbourhood support in action

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 11:04 08/11/2012
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Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support development coordinator Wendy Foreman, left, and Taitoko contact person Kirstie Holtham.

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A move is under way to establish Neighbourhood Support groups throughout Levin's south-east.

Hosted by Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support and the Neighbourhood Police Team, a public meeting open to all residents will be held in Kinross St next Wednesday evening.

Constable Bernard O'Brien said the aim is to bring people together to discuss and inform how Neighbourhood Support can benefit the community.

"We hope to have several groups established in the south- east area of town. This will enhance the community's safety and well-being."

Mr O'Brien said information packs will be available, as well as barbecued sausages for those attending the meeting.

Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support development co-ordinator Wendy Foreman said it is not about being "nosey" around your neighbours, but looking out for one another.

"It's about making people feel safer and more secure in a caring community. Keeping an eye on elderly residents and offering support," she said.

Balmoral St resident Kirstie Holtham, who has become a Neighbourhood Support contact person for the area, said it can only benefit the Taitoko suburb.

Mrs Holtham especially encouraged young parents to become part of Neighbourhood Support.

"We all want our children to feel safe in our community and Neighbourhood Support can help that. It's not just for older people," she said.

"Knowing your neighbours also means you can ask them to watch your house if you go out at night."

The Neighbourhood Support public meeting will be held next Wednesday at 6pm at the Neighbourhood Police Team's base at 9 Kinross St.

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