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Nelson named NZ's most neighbourly city

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/09/2016

Nelson, New Zealand © Phil Walter/Getty Images Nelson, New Zealand Nelson doesn't have just sunny weather, outdoor pursuits, and some great food and wine as selling points.

It is also winner of the first Neighbours Day Aotearoa - City of the Year title, giving it bragging rights as the city with the most friendly neighbours in the country.

More than 65 streets in Nelson organised events as part of Neighbours Day Aotearoa in March, the highest per capita participation of any city.

National project manager Ashlee Gross says hundreds of Nelson residents took the time to get to know their neighbours better.

"We want to recognise and celebrate the effort they've made to help turn their streets into communities," she said.

The city's achievement in taking out the inaugural title will be the focus of a public celebration at Burrell Park on September 25.

About 1100 streets around the country took part in Neighbours Day Aotearoa, organising events from street barbecues to sharing a cuppa with the people next door.

Earlier in the year, Paraparaumu, which had 38 streets participate, was named Town of the Year.

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