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Love Your Neighbourhood Competition

Have a brilliant idea to bring a little magic to your 'hood? Great - we want to hear it! Napier City Council's 'Love Your Neighbourhood Competition' has up to $8000 to give to projects that will add community to our city. Entries close Friday 26 April.

Bring a little magic to your community

We're looking for imaginative projects, something fresh and inventive that'll bring joy, fun and aroha to our communities.

And so we're asking our citizens for their ideas. We've launched a 'Love Your Neighbourhood Competition', an opportunity for formal and informal neighbourhood groups and clubs to come together to celebrate their unique identity, encourage new connections, enhance their neighbourhood’s environment or respond to a particular need. A few ideas to get you thinking:

  • It could be something simple like organise a street barbecues, recruiting some slaves, er, 'volunteers'  for working bee or setting up a book exchange.
  • It might be something more elaborate like an art installation or waterway clean-up or community cooking lessons with kuia at a local marae.  

An $8000 incentive

Entering is easy. Submit a video or multi-media presentation about your project idea, outlining what you want to do, why you want to do it, who is involved and how much it'll cost. You'll find all the competition details on this page, including the online entry form. The competition closes on Friday 26 April whereupon a crack judging panel of Council staff and community representatives will judge the entries and select the winning projects. The best bit of all? We have allocated a total of $8000 to help fund the winning projects.

Entering is easy

Yes, we already said that! But it really is. Shoot the video on your phone - selfie-styles if you like - and fire it in. We're not looking for the next Taika Waititi or Jane Campion - we just want to hear all about your idea. Don't be shy.

What we're looking for

Love Your Neighbourhood gives people an opportunity to work together to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Develop or celebrate a neighbourhood or community’s uniqueness or identity
    eg. Art installations, signage, murals, sculpture for your neighbourhood/club/school
  • Encourage new connections or improve safety of a neighbourhood or community
    eg: neighbourhood ‘get togethers’, street barbecue, open days for your club, working bees 
  • Improve neighbourhood or communities with kaitiaki / guardianship activities or beautification projects
    eg. Beach/stream/waterway clean-up, plantings, sports kit for the local playground 
  • Respond to a particular issue or interest in a community or neighbourhood
    eg: street working bee, reuse/recycle events, book exchange, community fridge 
  • Provide opportunities for intergenerational connection
    eg: community cooking lessons with kuia at the local marae, rest home visiting playgroups, teens helping seniors in their garden or with technology

We invite entries from neighbourhoods and communities in Napier – these groups can be ‘informal’ eg. a neighbourhood support group, a collection of neighbours, a group of park users, a club/group with a common interest etc. NCC staff are not eligible to enter. For more information please refer to the Competition Info at the bottom of this page.

The key dates

  • Competition opens: Friday 22 March
  • Competition closes: Friday 26 April
  • Winners announced: Wednesday 17 May 
  • Project completion date: Winners have six months to complete their project after receiving their prize money.

Competition entry form

Before you submit an entry, please make sure you have read the competition information and terms & conditions.

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.

Competition Info

Love Your Neighbourhood gives people an opportunity to work together to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Develop or celebrate a neighbourhood or community’s uniqueness or identity
    eg. Art installations, signage, murals, sculpture for your neighbourhood/club/school
  • Encourage new connections or improve safety of a neighbourhood or community
    eg: neighbourhood ‘get togethers’, street barbecue, open days for your club, working bees etc
  • Improve neighbourhood or communities with kaitiaki / guardianship activities or beautification projects
    eg. Beach/stream/waterway clean-up, plantings, sports kit for the local playground etc
  • Respond to a particular issue or interest in a community or neighbourhood
    eg: street working bee, reuse/recycle events, book exchange, community fridge etc
  • Provide opportunities for intergenerational connection
    eg: community cooking lessons with kuia at the local marae, rest home visiting, playgroups, teens helping seniors in their garden or with technology

We invite entries from neighbourhoods and communities in Napier – these groups can be ‘informal’ eg. a neighbourhood support group, a collection of neighbours, a group of park users, a club/group with a common interest etc. NCC staff are not eligible to enter.

Some definitions

What is a neighbourhood? For this competition, a ‘neighbourhood’ is linked to a place. Neighbourhoods can be residents of a particular street but could include a ‘natural’ neighbourhood such as users of a local park or playground. A ‘natural’ neighbourhood could also be a group of houses such as a block or houses that overlook a park.

What is a community? For this competition, a ‘community’ is either a collection of neighbourhoods (eg. a suburb) or a community of interest. A community of interest is a group of people who share a common interest rather than a common place.

Prizes

Up to $8,000 is available as prize money for selected projects.

Entering the competition

Enter by filling in the online entry form on this page and creating a video or multimedia presentation.

The video/presentation should include:

  • Your project name and description – What do you want to do? How do you plan to do it?
  • The relevance of your project – Why do you want to do it? Who will benefit and how?
  • Timeline – When will you do it?
  • Project costs
  • How the community will contribute - volunteer time, donations etc.

Upload your video/presentation before the closing date: Friday 27 April.

We will:

  • Email you once we receive your entry.
  • Assist the winners with permissions or consents that may be required to do the projects.

Judging

A panel of Council staff, Youth Council and community representatives will judge the entries on:

  • how well the project meets the competition aims
  • level of community benefit and involvement
  • ‘bang for buck’ (cost-effectiveness)
  • the likelihood of success.

Competition Results

  • The winning projects will be announced on Wednesday 27 May 2019.
  • All winners will be notified by phone and email.
  • Winners will be photographed by NCC for a media release and use in other media.
  • Prize money will be paid directly into winners’ bank accounts, so a pre-printed deposit slip will be required.

Project Completion

  • Projects need to be completed within six months after receiving the prize money.
  • Winners are expected to provide photos and/or video evidence of their project to NCC.

This competition invites entries for projects that provide an opportunity for people to work together for the benefit of others – not personal benefit.

Entry information

  • Entries are accepted from formal and informal groups in Napier neighbourhoods and communities – eg. a group of neighbours, a group of park users, a club with a common interest etc.
  • You can enter on this page. Complete the online entry form, then upload a video or multimedia presentation. See Competition Info for more details.

Important dates

  • Entries open – Friday 22 March
  • Entries close  – Saturday 27 April
    Winners Announced – Wednesday 17 May

Prize details

  • Prize Money. Up to $8000 is available to fund the winning projects.
  • Things prize money can be used for: Equipment (hire or purchase), plants, food, materials and resources, volunteer costs.
  • Things prize money cannot be used for: Projects costing under $100 or over $5000, expenditure already incurred, reunions, fundraising events, projects or campaigns, alcohol, building maintenance, deposit, loan or debt repayments, bank or lawyers fees, organisational operating costs (such as power, rent, telephone costs), wages or salaries, project manager/coordinator fees.

Judging

  • Judging. A panel of Napier City Council (NCC) staff, youth council and community representatives will judge the entries and select the winning projects. Decisions made by the panel will be final and binding.
  • Winning projects will be notified by phone and email on Wednesday 17 May 2019. Results will also be posted on NCC’s website and social media.
  • Media. Winning projects will be profiled NCC through a media release and on social media. Winning groups will be photographed by NCC to showcase the projects.

Follow through

  • NCC staff will support with getting permissions or consent that may be required from other NCC departments to implement winning projects, like art installations etc.
  • Completion - Winning projects must be completed within six months of competition closing, and groups will supply photos and/or videos from the project in action to NCC.

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