My neighbours aren't abiding by the Alert Level rules!
We appreciate how frustrating it can be to see a person not following the Alert Level 4 rules, especially when most people are adjusting their lives to adhere to these Government guidelines.
If you see a Neighbourly member engaging in or encouraging an activity that concerns you, your first reaction may be to call them out publicly. Unfortunately this rarely leads to a good response from your neighbour, and can cause distress and embarrassment in a public forum.
We always encourage Neighbourly members to assume good intentions in others - assume that some people may simply be unaware of what is required of New Zealanders at this time. It's also important more than ever that we are kind to one another.
Here are a few things you can do instead of calling someone out publicly:
Share a link to the Unite against COVID-19 website
Send your neighbour a friendly private messge explaining why their actions are causing you (and potentially others) concern
Keep scrolling - let someone else in your community address the issue
As Neighbourly is not an official reporting line for neighbours breaking the rules, if you have concerns about this activity please refer to the COVID-19 reporting resources on the Police and Crimestoppers websites.
Can I post a photo of a neighbour breaching the Alert Level rules?
In the spirit of showing kindness and respect to others in our communities, and to ensure conversations on Neighbourly are civil and productive, Neighbourly members should avoid posting messages or photos intending to 'name and shame'. This includes sharing photos of, or information about, those you believe are flouting the Government's Alert Level rules.
Neighbourly has a very clear policy on Naming and Shaming and we encourage all members to familiarise themselves with this before posting a photo of anyone on Neighbourly without that person's permission.
As Neighbourly is not an official reporting line for non-compliance incidents, please refer to the COVID-19 reporting resources on the Police and Crimestoppers websites.
COVID-19 Misinformation on Neighbourly
Neighbourly has a set of moderation principles to ensure conversations on our website remain civil and productive.
In light of COVID-19, we are also moderating content to help prevent misinformation spreading throughout our communities - however well-intentioned some messages may be.
Content moderated (removed) by Neighbourly may include:
COVID-19 conspiracy theories
Alternative cures and prevention methods
Theories around causes and how the virus spreads
Information we believe to be misleading or harmful to the wellbeing of New Zealand communities
Fake COVID-19 Government announcements
Any other non-scientifically based information, or information not in line with the Unite against COVID-19 website.
If you spot a post in your neighbourhood that you believe contains incorrect information relating to COVID-19, please report it to the Neighbourly team for review.
Please avoid publicly calling out a neighbour for sharing misinformation, and instead send them a friendly private message explaining why the information they've shared is of concern.
I want to offer help to my community
Thank you! You are the sort of neighbour who makes a true difference to our communities.
The Neighbourly Reach Out platform is a place for Neighbourly members across New Zealand to ask for help or offer support. We encourage you to use this section of our site to share a little about how you can help your neighbours at this time.
Your generous offer might inspire others around your neighbourhood (or even New Zealand) to do the same.
Consider including details on the help you can offer - and how your neighbours should make contact with you. We encourage you to use your Neighbourly inbox for private communication.