Top of the South Neighbourhood Support is a new regional charitable organisation formed in July 2020 from three separate organisations covering Marlborough, Nelson and Waimea areas.
We have 6000 households as members, and we bring people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities.
We work alongside New Zealand Police, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Age Concern to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety, be prepared for emergencies and support one another so that our communities are great places to live. We are part of a national and international movement.
Being involved in Neighbourhood Support comes in many shapes and forms.
You could meet regularly or as needed, stay connected online or by email, host barbecues or events, volunteer to be a street coordinator, undertake some neighbourhood projects, or even start your own group.
Whatever works best for you and your community!
Motueka Districts Neighbourhood Support is not part of our new regional organisation. However if you live in the Mapua/Motueka/Moutere/Marahau areas and wish to join Neighbourhood Support, you can do so by clicking on the Join Now button below. Please go to our contact page for their contact details if you require further information.
We believe in a New Zealand where all people can feel safe in their own communities, know their neighbours, and be prepared for whatever Papatūānuku or life throws our way.
Meet the Team
Top of the South Neighbourhood Support is run by a small but dedicated team.
The dedicated team bring their unique skills, experience and passion to deliver services to our members and the community. We strive to keep improving our services by working efficiently and effectively. Meet our staff below.
I am passionate about the importance of strong neighbourhoods in ensuring connected and resilient communities. The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly reminded us of the value of our neighbours.
I am really looking forward to developing the new organisation to support and connect more with neighbourhoods across the region.
I am interested in building stronger relationships between members and their community by partnering up with local organisations to provide training and learning opportunities, help build neighbourhood connection and resilience, and advocating for social wellbeing and environmental care.
My neighbours are one of the best things about my street. They welcomed my family to the area, sharing invaluable local knowledge, tips and the odd cup of tea. They helped transform our new house into a home.
As the Coordinator for Waimea, I'm keen for everyone to feel at home in their street. I bring emergency management and community support experience and would like to see every street safe, resilient and connected.
I began my involvement with Neighbourhood Support as a volunteer Street Contact for my street. I saw, first hand, the positive difference knowing your neighbours made during the Covid lockdown. In July 2020, I was fortunate to start work as the Coordinator in Marlborough. My aim is to develop strong relationships with our members and effective partnerships with local community organisations.
Top of the South Neighbourhood Support Governance Team
Our volunteer governance team are dedicated and experienced. We are honoured to have them steer our new organisation. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
We emigrated to Nelson from the UK in 2003. When I stopped travelling abroad as a school inspector in 2013, I wanted to use my skills and experience to make a contribution to our community. I have volunteered in local schools and at Adult Learning Support and am treasurer of the local branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society.
I joined the NSN committee two years ago, took on the role of chair of the Top of the South interim board and subsequently as chair of the new board. I enjoy working with a committed and diverse group with a wide range of skills, experience and interests. Our team is motivated by the opportunity to make a difference as a stronger organisation whose mission is to ensure our local communities in Marlborough, Nelson and Waimea are safe, resilient and connected.
Our Strategic Plan
We have a one year interim strategic plan for 2020 focusing on the establishment and development of the new organisation.
A longer term strategic plan will be developed in 2021.