Calling all good neighbours

19:00, Feb 07 2013
Kate Phillips
Winning shot: Nawton’s Kate Phillips, with her husband Warren, took out the Neighbour of the Year 2012 title last year.

Not content with helping newborn babies get the best start in life, paediatric nurse Kate Philips also set her hand at trying to change her community.

Those efforts - which included street clean-up days and reducing speeding drivers - saw her win the Waikato Times inaugural Neighbour of the Year title last year ahead of Neighbours Day Aotearoa, which takes place in March.

And with the event just around the corner this year, we're calling for nominees again.

Mrs Philips, who lives in Nawton, won after being nominated by the police for her work in the community - but cleaning up your neighbourhood isn't the only thing that makes a good neighbour.

Last year we heard stories of people who went out of their way to make sure their neighbours were OK.

Nominee Muriel Crane, from Tokoroa, made sure her neighbour, Denise Hein, didn't need to worry about the little things when she was diagnosed with leukaemia.


She took Ms Hein fresh fruit and veges, watered her garden and hung up or brought in her washing.

Neighbours Day will be held on March 24 this year and aims to bring communities closer together by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours.

People can hold street parties or simply take the first step and introduce themselves to their neighbour.

If you know someone who you think should be Waikato's Neighbour of the Year all you have to do is write, in 250 words or less, why they deserve the title.

Nominations can be emailed to or posted to Nicola Brennan-Tupara, Waikato Times, Private Bag 3086, Waikato Mail Centre, 3240. All entries must be received by March 1.

The Times will announce the winner on March 23.

If you want to learn more about Neighbours Day go to

Waikato Times