Streets in Timberlea were a hive of activity on Saturday June 20 as residents cleaned up, creating safer, healthier home environments while connecting with their community in the process.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 22 June 2015— Streets in Timberlea were a hive of activity on Saturday June 20 as residents cleaned up their neighbourhood. Tonnes of rubbish was recycled or sent to landfill from the Timberlea Street Clean Up.

The street clean up was an opportunity for local residents and organisations to work together towards creating safer, healthier home environments through the removal of waste and recyclable goods. Residents had the opportunity to remove household clutter, garden waste, and other potential hazards from their homes. Recycling was encouraged with Earthlink providing volunteers and electronic waste recycling bins. Save Mart donated clothing bins while CompostNZ and Upper Hutt Bin Hire contributed to the successful removal of tonnes of waste from homes and gardens.

“Together Our Place (TOP) Timberlea is all about connecting friends and whanau and bringing residents and neighbours together to create a strong, healthy, vibrant and safe community. The successful street clean up is just one example of residents turning these goals into reality”, says Nga Powhiri Webster, Community Projects Coordinator for Upper Hutt City Council.

As part of the TOP Timberlea Safer Communities project, Upper Hutt City Council, Timberlea Community House, Safe Hutt Valley partners, residents and community groups volunteered their time for the street clean up.

The Wainuiomata Good Neighbour Award was launched on 1st February 2015.  This is the second time Hutt Safe City Group and Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support have hosted the event.

The Residents of Wainuiomata had the opportunity to nominate their neighbour for all their kind deeds and consideration.  This goes hand in hand with Neighbourhood Support and making our communities safer and more caring places to live.

There were 43 worthy nominations and the panel of judges had a hard time selecting the winner.  Neighbours were nominated for a number of reasons, mowing lawns, checking on neighbours if the curtains have not been opened, babysitting, baking, litter collection, fixing fences and many more amazing good deeds.