Neighbourly is a New Zealand owned company founded by a team of individuals passionate about building stronger, safer and more vibrant communities.
Neighbourly's mission is to create an easy way for neighbours to talk and share online, creating more real world connections and ultimately growing stronger, safer and friendlier communities.
In December 2014, Neighbourly.co.nz proudly announced a partnership with Fairfax Media NZ.
We welcome you getting in touch with us at any stage.
Neighbourly allows you to stay connected with your neighbours and community using a private neighbourhood website. It's a free service that is designed to make your neighbourhood a safer and better place to live.
Members of Neighbourly use the website to interact on topics such as local events, after school activities, crime and safety, council issues, local services or even lost pets.
Neighbourly also offers a crime prevention service for members within its communities. Members are kept informed of any suspicious activity and can also inform each other instantly of any urgent crime or safety updates via SMS text message.
Once you have signed up as a member with Neighbourly you can do things like:
Neighbourly's mission is to continually find ways to help build a sense of community in your neighbourhood. We believe a strong neighbourhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life and we want all of our members to be proud of their small slice of New Zealand!
Our goal is to create more over the fence conversations. But we will never forget the need to protect your privacy online. Neighbourly makes it safe to share the sort of things you feel comfortable sharing in person with your neighbours.
The safety of you and your family is paramount to everything we do at Neighbourly. We have developed a website that achieves this by:
If you have a personal safety concern, report it here.
By connecting neighbours with their fellow neighbours and local organisations, Neighbourly can help us all feel safer and more secure in our communities. However it’s important that members of Neighbourly also do what they can to keep themselves safe and secure online.
These eight simple tips ensure that you’ll be doing all you can to stay safe while using Neighbourly and any other social networking websites you enjoy using.
We created Neighbourly because we all want to be part of communities we are proud of. And we believe that a neighbourhood is one of the most important and useful communities in an individual's life.
We believe neighbours should want to look out for each other, and ultimately be neighbourly!
To us being Neighbourly means:
Bullying, name-calling, harassment, offensive language, threats, breaching the privacy of another member, spamming or discrimination of any kind is considered un-Neighbourly and will not be tolerated.
Any photos, comments and/or any other material deemed unproductive or offensive by a Neighbourhood Lead or the Neighbourly team will be removed at our discretion.
Breaching the Guidelines for Neighbourly Behaviour may result in your Neighbourly account being temporarily or permanently deactivated.
Neighbourly encourages all members to be familiar with our Using Social Networks Safely tips.
If you feel you are in an unsafe situation please contact your local police station or dial 111 if an emergency arises before contacting the Neighbourly team.
It was a chat over a couple of drinks that got Shane Bradley and Casey Eden thinking…
They realised they knew more about what their friends on the other side of the world were up to, than about the people living right next door to them. While lamenting the good old days of street barbies, delivering homegrown tomatoes down the street, 'helping' put up the neighbour's fence, and running next door to borrow a cup of sugar for Mum's cake, they agreed there was no reason why we couldn't live in those communities once again.
Shane and Casey have worked together on a number of online startups including GrabOne and Finda.co.nz. Through Neighbourly.co.nz, they're looking forward to helping every New Zealander build a stronger, safer and friendlier place to call home.
You can read more about the Neighbourly backstory below…
Who is Shane?
Shane is currently Founder and CEO of ShopHQ, a 50/50 joint venture with The Warehouse Group. He invested in Neighbourly to increase a sense of community throughout New Zealand.
A seasoned internet entrepreneur with over ten years experience in the online space, Shane is the Founder of Finda, GrabOne and Pet.co.nz amongst other leading New Zealand websites.
Shane is married with two daughters, two cats and a dog called Cooper. He calls St Heliers home and likes long walks on the beach.
Neighbourly was born from the simple belief that we could all benefit from knowing a few more of the people living around us.
We think New Zealand is a pretty amazing place to live. But it's also a very different place to the country we grew up in…
In those days we didn't have Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. We communicated with our friends around the world via snail mail or paid through the nose for a phone call with whopping delays and a crackling line. And we certainly weren't following the fortunes of Lady Gaga.
Our 'social interaction' relied on the people we physically met or talked to each day and a good amount of these interactions took place with the people who lived around or next door to us.
Life was simpler. We chatted to our neighbours. We hung over the back fence and talked about the weather. We borrowed a cup of sugar. We asked them to 'mind the kids'. We swapped a bag of lemons for a bag of homegrown tomatoes. You could even call the Neighbourhood the 'original social network'.
These networks also looked after one another – and kept an eye out for each other. In times of need, communities rallied together and dealt with issues collectively. Neighbours could rely on each other.
At Neighbourly we believe everyone still wants to be part of a strong community – however these days our busy lives often get in the way. Many of us have simply forgotten how to meet our neighbours – and for some of us the thought of walking next door is terrifying. We're more comfortable jumping online and catching up with our friends across the country and around the world – rather than chatting over the back fence.
Neighbourly is a tool that makes it easier to kickstart relationship building in our communities. In an ideal world we'd pop next door and introduce ourselves to our neighbours – but this simply isn't how most of us do things these days. Neighbourly makes meeting the neighbours easy. It helps get that 'difficult' first introduction out of the way – and hopefully even starts a few face-to-face interactions.
By meeting just a couple of extra people living around us, we'll start to build a stronger, safer and friendlier place to call home. Because when neighbours connect good things happen.