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Love Your Neighbourhood Competition Information

This competition gives people an opportunity to work together to improve their neighbourhood in a variety of ways.

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Competition Info

This competition gives people an opportunity to work together to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Develop or celebrate a neighbourhood’s 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 barbeque, open days for your club, working bees etc
  • Improve neighbourhood’s or community’s 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’ e.g. a neighbourhood support group, a collection of neighbours, a group of park users, a club/group with a common interest etc. Napier City Council staff are not eligible to enter.

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 (e.g. 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.


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

Entering the Competition

You can enter by simply filling in the online entry form and creating a video or multimedia presentation.

The video/presentation should include:

  • Your project name & description – What do you want to do? How do you plan to do it?
  • Need for 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 to the competition page before the closing date – 26th April 2019.

We will:

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

Deciding on the Winners


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)
  • likelihood of success.

Competition Results

  • The winning projects will be announced on 17th 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.

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