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NSNZ National Conference a Success

13 November 2023 – New Zealand – Every two years, the national network of over 70 NSNZ Member Organisations gather together as an organisation to learn new skills, share ideas, be inspired, celebrate our successes, and have some fun at the biennial Neighbourhood Support New Zealand national conference.

Last month's two day NSNZ 'THRIVE' Conference was full of highlights – people, presentations, break-out workshops, 'speed dating', panel discussions, networking, food, and magnificent conference goodie bags thanks to many of our generous sponsors. It was the perfect opportunity to network between Districts, broaden perspectives and come together in a specific focus group to speak openly and frankly about not only our achievements, but also some of the challenges we face when pursuing our shared goal of safer communities together.

Our keynote speakers (Jehan Casinader, Allie Mooney, Megan Thorn and Gordon Tietjens) were engaged to inspire and motivate the 100+ attendees, and we can safely say that each and every one of our attendees would have taken some highlights from the diverse range of presentations given. A special thanks to our NSNZ Ambassador Snr Constable Bryan Ward for his high energy, humour and knowledge whilst being the perfect MC for the event.

We were also thrilled to have a group of passionate delegates from the New Zealand Police join us, right from PNHQ through to grassroots level, as well as a contingent from Neighbourhood Watch Australasia who were inspired by the collaboration, passion and drive of both Police and Neighbourhood Support Coordinators nationwide.

Partners from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the National Emergency Agency and Farmstrong were also in attendance to speak with our members about the different opportunities for partnership at a local level and discuss how we can work together to better educate and serve the people living in our neighbourhoods.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended or supported us in any way!

Conference Awards

As the Conference Dinner came to a close we took a moment to issue a few awards and recognitions to the following individuals....

Christine Dorsey (Waitaki Neighbourhood Support) - The Power of Positivity Award

Kristel Gillespie (North Taranaki Neighbourhood Support) - Manaaki Street Champion

Anaru Graham (New Zealand Police) - Partnerships Champion

Mr Brown (our Board Member Colleen Brown's husband) - Best Supporting Act

And Best Dressed for the evening went to Jen Lacy (Whakatane Neighbourhood Support), Steve Nicoll (NZ Police) and Lois Scott Muir (Otago Neighbourhood Support).


For More Information Please Contact:

Louise Grevel

027 637 4708

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.

Address (appointment only)

C/O Police National Headquarters

180 Molesworth Street

Thorndon, Wellington, 6011

New Zealand

Phone - 0800 4 NEIGHBOURS (0800 463 444)

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