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A familiar face in Kiwi neighbourhoods gets a big makeover

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is ushering in a new chapter with the launch of a new logo at their National Conference on July 1st and 2nd in Wellington.

Some of the new resources available to members and supporters.

An iconic part of Kiwi streets and neighbourhoods for the past two decades, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is ushering in a new chapter with the launch of a fresh logo in July.

“There has been a lot of change since we first established ourselves as a not-for-profit in the 90s. Our members felt that it was time to ensure the ‘face’ of Neighbourhood Support kept up with where we are headed as an organisation,” says Louise Grevel, Chair for Neighbourhood Support New Zealand.

The new logo is a colourful update of the existing design. The latest design features a nod to the country’s emergency services partners, as well as a better representation of the neighbours, members and supporters who make up the growing organisation.

The updated logo also features a koru pattern which reflects the important place of taha Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand. The colours chosen symbolise Neighbourhood Support’s vision of inclusive communities, where everyone is welcome and belongs while the blue colour represents their ongoing partnership with New Zealand Police.

“The bright colours reflect the positivity and energy that is created when people work together to create safer, caring and more connected communities,” says Tess Casey, Neighbourhood Support NZ CEO.

“The rebrand is an exciting opportunity to better reflect the increasing number of people we support. Our feedback shows that New Zealanders want to be part of neighbourhoods where people know and support each other. Increasing numbers of people are reporting that they feel isolated or lonely, so knowing that you are a part of a neighbourhood that looks out for each other helps people feel safer and more connected.”

The official unveiling of the new logo took place at Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s inaugural national conference – ‘CONNECT’, held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel on July 1st and 2nd in Wellington.

CONNECT was a priceless opportunity to bring Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s members, volunteers, supporters, Police and other partners together under one roof to network, learn, and be inspired to create safer, more resilient and connected communities.

About 100 participants and speakers took part in this year’s event including Police from across New Zealand, special guests from Queensland Police Services, Maria Bennett - CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, and Police Minister Stuart Nash who presented the opening address.

Other highlights from the event included keynotes from Henare O’Keefe (Flaxmere Community Leader) and Blair Benefield (Ride Against Depression) and a closing address from Member of Parliament, Alfred Ngaro based in Te Atatu.

There were 8 workshops over the course of the two days participants could choose from to take part in with topics ranging from social media to fundraising and even conflict resolution. There were plenty of opportunities to bounce ideas around and of course ‘connect’ throughout the course of the conference with a strong emphasis on collaboration and networking.

In the words of Henare O’Keefe: “relationships are the real currency” – CONNECT was a rich opportunity to remember the difference we can all make through the time we give and share with others.

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