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Neighbourhood Support New Zealand Publishes New Children's Book

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

1 March 2021 – Wellington, New Zealand – Neighbourhood Support New Zealand have today released their new children’s book, Manaaki Street. Manaaki Street, which has been in production for over a year, is written by Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s Chair, Louise Grevel, and illustrated by Kerin Casey. The book tells the story of what Neighbourhood Support is all about, by following a child and their mother on a simple walk through their neighbourhood. It offers an easily accessible way for our young tamariki to understand the benefit of caring communities.

Manaaki Street will be shared as a resource for local schools and early childhood centres, School Community Constables, local libraries, and Plunket groups. Regional Neighbourhood Support groups will also be distributing copies in Children’s Day packs, at Neighbours Day Aotearoa events, and with specific families in need of educational resources for their children.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s Chair, Louise Grevel, stated that she was very excited that the books would soon be in the hands of children across New Zealand. “It’s been a long time in the making so I am very ready to see the younger members of our communities hearing and sharing the story.”

People interested in acquiring a copy of the book should contact their local Neighbourhood Support group to register their interest.

The book launch coincides with Neighbourhood Support’s March campaign, Celebrate Community, a campaign that asks people to find fun and unique ways to strengthen the bonds in their communities.

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Neighbourhood Support New Zealand's new children's book, Manaaki Street, being enjoyed at a neighbourhood picnic.


About Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient, and connected communities. Over 220,000 households are part of our growing network. Neighbourhood Support work alongside NZ Police and other partners to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety, be prepared for emergencies and support one another so that our communities are great places to live.


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