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Whakatane Beacon
Wednesday 12/11/2014
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Meeting your neighbours online
THE co-founder of a nationwide website encouraging neighbourly interaction was in Whakatane last week to
promote the concept.
Casey Eden presented to councillors
before signing a partnership agreement with Whakatane District Council.
, He also made a public presentation
to individuals and organisations interested in learning how Neighbourly
could help them connect with their
community.
The website launched across New
Zealand in May after a successful twomonth pilot in Auckland.
The site fosters interaction and conversation between neighbours and
community organisations by creating
an easy way for them to talk and share
online through free and private websites for each community of interest.
As of yesterday. 38 "neighbours"
from Whakatane had joined the site
and one member, Marewa Karetai had
established a group for trading excess
fruit and vegetables.
Mr Eden said Neighbourly would
enable residents in the Whakatane
district to ask questions, share advice,
make recommendations for local services, plan events, discuss local issues
and even find missing pets.
Mayor Tony Bonne said the initiative
offered a new and valuable way for
individuals and organisations to share
information about events and activities of interest.
"We will be using Neighbourly as
another means of engaging with district communities, providing information on council-led activities,
events and meetings, keeping people
informed about service interruptions
and seeking feedback on issues of
importance," he said.
Councillors questioned Mr Eden
on such issues as moderation, the
membership verification process and
advertising on the site.
Photo Troy Baker D1295-06
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