Ratepayers and residents associations 

What are Residents Associations?

In some suburbs or areas, residents and business owners come together and form a residents' association to try to provide a voice for their local community. Some focus on local issues, and approach local councils about solutions, while others look at a wider range of matters. If you have a concern about goings-on in your area (for example, someone is planning on opening a liquor store near your local school, and you are opposed to it), it's worth discussing it with your local residents' association. 

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What are Neighbourhood Support groups and what do they do?

Neighbourhood Support groups are people whose objective is to make their communities safer. 

Neighbourhood Support groups will:

  • encourage neighbours to talk to each other
  • share information that helps reduce the risk and fear of crime
  • help foster a sense of community spirit, where everyone is respected and valued
  • identify the needs of neighbours and ways to assist each other
  • support victims of crime
  • decide on ways to handle any civil emergencies that may occur

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is the organisation behind the neighbourhood groups and co-ordinates regional activity. It is divided into 12 districts across New Zealand. To contact your local Neighbourhood Support group, visit their website

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How do I join a Neighbourhood Support group?

You can contact a local representative to join your nearest group. You can find a representative through the Neighbourhood Support website.