Summer with your neighbours brings people together and now runs for the entire summer. This year's events can be held from 21 October 2023 to 31 March 2024.
Have you ever wanted to organise a neighbourhood gathering? Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Perhaps you've always wanted to put on a potluck for the whole street?
Summer with your neighbours is about bringing people closer together and celebrating the unique and diverse mix of each neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood Week was the brainchild of the Shirley-Papanui Community Board (now known as the Papanui-Innes Community Board), which held the first event in 1998. This popular event has grown from year to year and is promoted by the Council.
Three years ago we extended the event for the whole summer after feedback from our applicants and it is now known as Summer with your neighbours.
Download your Summer with your neighbours invitations [PDF, 826 KB]. Fill them out and send them around the community for your event.
Applications for funding for Summer with your neighbours for 2023 opened on Thursday 13 July and closed on Friday 11 August at 5pm.
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Organising a street party is a great way to get to know all the neighbours living in your street. To make it a little more fun you can have a theme or fancy dress.
Friendly faces and knowing people by name is a great way to start out life in a new neighbourhood and will make your street safer in case of an emergency.
Organising a sports day is a fun and active way to get the neighbours together, and with a little thought young and old can participate.
There are lots of examples of great community projects happening in neighbourhoods. From fundraising for local sports teams and social clubs to community gardens and graffiti removal for the streets.
Check out these community projects:
A walking school bus(external link) is a safe and healthy way to get the children to school. It also helps you get to know the children and parents in the neighbourhood. You can apply for a subsidy to help cover costs for an end of term gathering for your neighbours that take part in the walking school bus.
If you want a make a difference as well as getting to know your neighbours you may be interested in organising a neighbourhood clean-up.
Ever wondered what to do with all that clutter in the garage? Get a few of the neighbours together, organise a street garage sale and apply for a subsidy to help cover costs for a gathering afterwards.