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Grab and Go Kit

During the Cyclone Gabrielle I heard about a family that were housed with their second floor business in a large shed.  When the water started to rise very quickly they moved with the children to the second floor area thinking that they would be safe.  Fairly soon it became evident that water was going to rise above their second floor and they started devising a way to cut a hole in the roof.  They were successful and the whole family managed to move onto the roof to await rescue....

May 22, 2024

Preparing for the big one, just in case

A few weeks ago, I felt my first ever earthquake. I heard it coming before I felt it. Many people had told me that an earthquake sounds like a truck driving towards your house, and they weren’t wrong. “What’s that noise?” I asked my husband. “An earthquake,” he replied, as the first jolt hit our house. The shaking was strong but it didn’t last long. But when my seven-year-old son asked if our house was going to fall down and if we’d be buried like so many people in...

May 22, 2024

Citizenship at Hautapu School

We were thrilled to spend time at Hautapu School recently. Our visit focused on engaging with students across various year levels to instill valuable lessons about community, responsibility, and safety.Years 3 to 6: Understanding Local Knowledge and Needs We began our visit by engaging with students from Years 3 to 6. The primary aim was to help them understand the importance of knowing their address and local area. We equipped the students with knowledge, skills, and experiences to understand h...

May 21, 2024

Neighbourhood Support Shines at Cambridge Autumn Festival

As the hues of autumn descended upon Cambridge, our team at Neighbourhood Support was thrilled to be part of the bustling energy of the Cambridge Autumn Festival. This annual celebration, which has become a hallmark event in our town, brought together residents and visitors from far and wide to revel in music, street performances, and community engagement.At our booth, entertained by the wonderful clown performance, we had the privilege of sharing valuable information about Neighbourhood Support...

March 19, 2024

Support Your Community!

In a small room in central Cambridge a little-known Trust meets monthly to plan what to do next to support their community.  The Safer Cambridge Trust has been operating for 14 years with its focus to enhance the wellbeing and safety of the members of our community.  The Trust operates Cambridge’s community patrol and neighbourhood support.   The Cambridge Community Patrol drives our streets almost every night of the week and into the wee hours of the morning.  They wo...

February 20, 2024

Neighbourhood Disputes

Living with close neighbours is a fact of life if you live in a town.  We’ve all seen the awful TV shows displaying neighbourhood conflict that has got out of hand. Here at Cambridge Neighbourhood Support we encourage people to build neighbourhoods where people enjoy each other’s company and support one another.However, just as in a family, sometimes there will be things you disagree on.  When this happens, it's worth communicating well to avoid things getting out of hand. &nb...

February 16, 2024

Resthaven Residents Engage in Safety Session

In our ongoing commitment to fostering a safe and informed community, we recently had the pleasure of hosting a public speaking engagement at the Resthaven Retirement Village. The focus of the session was on equipping our residents with valuable insights on staying safe from crime, making it an interactive and engaging experience for all. The Power of Shared Knowledge:The event provided a platform for our residents to come together and glean insights on personal safety and crime prevention....

December 6, 2023

Car theft!

Recently our local Community Constable asked CNS to send a message to Cambridge residents about a spike in car tampering and theft.  It's a good idea for all of us to be aware that these incidents are occurring.  I share the message with you here:"Cambridge East is currently experiencing a spike in car interference and theft.  If you are a victim of car crime, whether damage or theft, please report it immediately.  This helps us to gather as much evidence as possible and trac...

November 30, 2023

Te Miro Resident's Meeting

On a crisp evening in Te Miro, concerned residents from the tight-knit community gathered at the local community hall for an important meeting. The main agenda? To discuss safety from crime and the implications of New Zealand's recent firearm legislation. In a valuable opportunity for residents to engage with local law enforcement and community leaders, the meeting brought together the expertise of the local senior Constable, Firearms Manager, and Community Patrol Leader. The event served as a p...

November 9, 2023

Acknowledgement of the Cambridge Community Board

"We are immensely grateful to the Cambridge Community Board for their invaluable support from their discretionary fund.  It's heartening to work alongside the Community Board in our shared mission to uphold the health and safety of our community.  Support from the Community Board has helped us to implement key initiatives and resources that directly benefit our residents.  We have had contributions toward our office setup, First Aid classes and Children's Citizenship Programmes.&n...

October 13, 2023

Leithfield Village - Neighbourhood Communities working together!

The journey towards the revitalization of Coppard Reserve began when the Leithfield Community Centre, initially established to oversee the community hall, evolved into a platform for residents to share ideas and aspirations. Jo Hassall, a driving force behind the community centre, recognized the importance of encouraging locals’ involvement and keeping them well-informed. With each meeting and mailbox run, more residents joined the conversation, and the email list grew to around 70 people.Earl...

October 6, 2023

Local High School Student Organizes Successful Fundraiser for Safer Cambridge

In a remarkable display of initiative and community spirit, a high school student from Cambridge took it upon herself to organize a fundraiser that has resulted in a generous donation of $400 to Safer Cambridge.The organizer of this admirable venture is Tansy Clarke, a student at Cambridge High School. Fuelled by a genuine concern for the safety and well-being of her fellow residents, Tansy sought a creative way to contribute to the important work carried out by Safer Cambridge. The ambitious st...

September 7, 2023

First Aid Courses - only $35!

🚑🆘🏠 Calling All Cambridge Neighbours! Learn Life-Saving First Aid with Us! 🆘🚑Are you ready to be a role model in your community? Cambridge Neighbourhood Support (CNS) is thrilled to announce our subsidized First Aid Training Courses, aimed at empowering our neighbourhoods to be even more resilient in times of emergency! Together, we can make our community safer and better prepared for any unexpected situation. Thanks to the generous support of Waipa District Council, we are o...

August 16, 2023

Love Cambridge with Safer Cambridge Trust!

Imagine living in a thriving and vibrant town where every shop front is filled with an interesting offer and many give their time generously to enhance community wellbeing.This town is Cambridge.  Those who live here gradually come to know about the many business and community groups that work together to enrich the life lived in the town. Cambridge boasts a special Trust (Safer Cambridge Trust or SCT) that operates Cambridge Neighbourhood Support and Cambridge Community Patrol.  ...

May 24, 2023

How to get to know your neighbours

I have just enjoyed an overnight visit from a couple who used to be my neighbours more than 15 years ago. Back then we used to live on 10 acre blocks, so visiting meant walking across paddocks and turning up in our gumboots. Our relationship was forged over social occasions, helping on “the farm” and sharing resources during frequent power cuts. Nowadays my neighbours are much, much, closer to me and happily I can say that we are beginning to forge the same kind of dependable relationshi...

March 14, 2023

Cambridge Community House supports Neighbourhood Support

CNS often refers people in need to one of our many supportive Cambridge agencies.  Cambridge Community House is one of these very valuable resources.  Based at 193 Shakespeare Street in Leamington, it is an important agency for the community to be aware of.   Here is a word from Gabby Byrne, General Manager of the Community House...Cambridge Community House has offered safe, warm and welcoming support to our community for 37 years.  We do this through our Counselling, Fi...

December 17, 2022

Family Harm Support

Everyone has the right to a relationship that is equal, respectful, supportive, and safe. Is your partner making you feel unsafe? Family Violence isn’t always physical. Does your partner make you feel afraid, hurt you, control or limit what you can do? Reach out to us, we are someone you can trust. Whether you want to leave or stay, we can support you. We can listen as well as help you with the practical bits. Our team are dedicated to assisting your whānau to have the safe happy lives you...

November 7, 2022

Capable Communities

On the morning of the earthquake people of Christchurch blithely went about their business, dressing carefully for the office, delivering children to school and driving to work.  It was only much later that they thought about small things they could have done to prepare, “but it was such an unexpected event….!”New Zealand lies on the boundary of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. The collision of those two plates under the North Island is what's driving most of our volcanism....

October 1, 2022

Community Mindset

Our Neighbourhood Support members like to share their neighbourhood stories.   Recently a caring neighbour in Cambridge East who spends a lot of time at home noticed that her neighbour’s window and shed door were wide open. She knew that her neighbour was away at work and that this was unusual.  Thinking that the house may be being burgled, she took a tentative look around but not seeing anyone took the precaution of phoning 111.    The Police arrived quickly.&nbs...

September 22, 2022

Cambridge Neighbourhood Support Partners with FENZ

Neighbourhood Support partners with NZ Police, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ).  Recently your Neighbourhood Support Coordinator spoke at the September 60s Up and Lyceum meetings with Michelle Hinton from FENZ.  Our audiences were happy to have the opportunity to learn more about their own safety at home.  These are a few of the important facts that Michelle has shared: The Fire Triangle...

September 20, 2022

Neighbourhood Support in Action

A few weeks ago, just home from work, with my key in the door, I heard what sounded like an explosion.  Living on a corner, I knew that it could only be a road accident.  As I ran out to the intersection I could see that some of my neighbours were already there.  Two cars had collided and occupants of both cars were very shocked but with no obvious physical injuries.  It was important to make the area safe, to comfort the victims, and to call emergency services.  Within ...

September 19, 2022

Tamahere Community Meeting

It’s not only townsfolk who benefit from working with their neighbours.  Cambridge Neighbourhood Support also works with rural residents surrounding Cambridge on all sides. Recently we were approached by Tamahere residents who were concerned about crime and suspicious behaviour in the area.  We held a small neighbourhood meeting and the attendees agreed that the Tamahere area would benefit from a larger gathering where they could hear safety tips from our local Community Police Const...

August 22, 2022

Neighbourhood Support Near You Now!

Just when I was congratulating myself for being Covid free, out of the blue I started to get cold symptoms and tested positive!  This triggered seven days of isolation and a period where I experienced extreme fatigue.   One of the bright points during this period was the fact that my neighbours checked in with me every day or so just to see how I was and if I needed anything.   This gave me confidence that if I  took a turn for the worse, there was someone very close by who w...

August 8, 2022

Oaklands Neighbourhood - Making it Happen!

Do you want to hear a great neighbourhood story?  Have you been wondering about the transformation at the entrance to Oaklands?Late in 2021 Cambridge Neighbourhood Support sent a community survey to our members.  One of the questions asked was “if together we could take action on one thing…what would be most important to you?”.  An Oaklands resident pointed out that the entrance signs on Thornton Road were looking very shabby!  He asked “Who is responsible for th...

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