Network News December 2016

Introducing Neighbourhood Support New Zealand (NSNZ)

by Kelsey Scarr, National Manager, NSNZ

Kia Ora to all members, sponsors and stakeholders who are reading this great publication. It is an honour for me to have an article in this newsletter, so a big thank you to Ros and Fionn at Community Networks Aotearoa for the opportunity.

 My name is Kelsey Scarr and I am the National Manager of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand (NSNZ) based in Wellington. I have been in this role since October 2016 and came into this role with passion and the drive to see our organisation grow and be seen as a leader in the community safety and not for profit sectors.

In my previous role I was the Manager of Hutt Safe City Group Charitable Trust which is an organisation based in the Hutt Valley encompassing the governance and administration of four portfolios including Neighbourhood Support, Community Patrols, Junior Neighbourhood Support (JNS) and administration of the CCTV Camera structure. I was in this role for five and a half years and thoroughly enjoyed my role. Hutt Safe City is unique because it works very well and brings together groups that are sometimes fragmented in other cities.

It has been a busy year for Neighbourhood Support both at a national level, and for our fantastic champion groups and committees at local level. We are soon to be announcing our national affiliation package and contestable funding round for the betterment of offices and coordinators throughout New Zealand. This will create a consistent package for all affiliated areas along with striving to increase nationwide opportunities for joint communication, increasing working synergies with key stakeholders, investing in people and refreshing our public image.
One of the chief ways to recognise the important role that neighbourhood support plays in providing an additional safety net for communities is by awarding our champions for outstanding community service. The inaugural Neighbourhood Support NZ awards were held in September and were a fantastic opportunity to recognise the tireless work being done by dedicated volunteers and active neighbourhood support groups in their efforts to create ‘safer, connected communities’. We look forward to running these awards in 2017.

With the temperature heating up and the festive season coming closer, what better time to get together with your neighbours for a neighbourhood BBQ or game of backyard cricket. Following the recent earthquake in Kaikoura we have heard about hundreds of inspiring examples of neighbours supporting neighbours. In times of crisis, neighbours are one of our closest supports. We come together as the bigger family of neighbourhood support and are here to support one another whether there is an already existing group or not in the area. Our heartfelt support is with everyone who has been affected by the earthquake and we send big hugs and lots of support your way.

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To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
Keep it local by Josie Pagani, Director, Council for International Development
Seismic shifts and other revolutions by Gabrielle O’Brien, CEO, Birthright NZ
Whangia ka tupu, ka puawai: That which is nurtured, blossoms and grows by Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer, Ana Taiohi
T-shirts change lives by Lynn McKenzie, Chief Executive, National Council of Women of New Zealand

Christmas closing…

As we come to the end of another year, Ros, Fionn and our Executive Committee wish all our members, colleagues and Network News subscribers, a safe and happy holiday over the Christmas season.

The CNA office will be closed from Friday 23 December until Monday 9 January 2017.

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