Spotlight on Good Neighbour, Bay of Plenty

Spotlight on Good Neighbour, Bay of Plenty

When it comes to transforming communities, Good Neighbour is at the heart of change in the Bay of Plenty.

Co-founded in 2013 Bay of Plenty locals Cam Hill, John and Jackie Paine, Lavina Good, Jason and Todd Rowling and Al and Anne Gourley Good Neighbour aims to help strengthen communities and make them a better place to live.

This idea has flourished over the past three years as the group has “gone after the big stuff with a sustainable mind-set”, building strong relationships with tradesmen, volunteers and suppliers around the Bay of Plenty region.

Good Neighbour focuses on three areas of giving — relief during hardship, helping get people back on their feet, and improving local communities. The group does this by running food rescue and garden projects, among other initiatives.

Each week five to six tonnes of food is rescued and donated to 40 local charities. “We’re connecting at so many levels within our community,” Cam said.

There are some beautiful stories of success, Cam said. “With help from Ray White Tauranga agents, Frank and Nicollete, we were able to relocate a mother and son who were living in unsuitable, unhealthy conditions. The pair from Ray White went above and beyond by helping us support the mother and son moving into a lovely home.”

“There are some really neat people round here who just want to help,” Cam said.

Good Neighbours is a fantastic group of people aiming to leave a legacy of hope in the lives of individuals and families. To find out more, head to goodneighbour.co.nz.