Neighbourhood Support History

Neighbourhood Watch is an international program first started by the Police in New York in 1977, in response to rising crime. The police held meetings with local community leaders, and with police support, communities set up strategies to combat crime, utilizing crime prevention methods around personal, home and car safety. The success rate of Neighbourhood Watch spread rapidly to Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

North Shore Neighbourhood Watch is an established community based program, which was regenerated in 1993 at the original Takapuna Police Station, where they ran a full time office, manned by a retired senior sergeant. In 2001 they became an Incorporated Society, changed its name to North Shore City Neighbourhood Watch/Support Inc, and applied for affiliation to the then new national body of Neighbourhood Support Inc.


In 2009 North Shore City Neighbourhood Watch Inc. reviewed their aims and objectives, changed its name to Neighbourhood Support North Shore Inc. (NSNS) and introduced a new constitution (click here). In 2010 NSNS developed its first Strategic Plan (click here).

The name change depicts the extension of the Societies aims and objectives to; encourage neighbours to get to know each other and communicate, share information that will help reduce the risk and fear of crime, nurture a sense of community spirit, contribute to civil emergency plans, support each other in time of strife or emergency and live in a caring and supportive environment.

NSNSís office at the North Shore Policing Centre is manned part time by an Operations Manager. They run a highly successful Community Patrolling program manned by volunteers. They have a very close working relationship with North Shore Police, Auckland Council, Accident Compensation Corporation, Civil Defence, Lifewise and the North Shore Community.

North Shore Inc.
Auckland CC
Support Groups
Civil Defence
and other groups



Contact Us

Neighbourhood Support
     North Shore Inc.
10 Bayview Road
Browns Bay (Police Station)
PO Box 35 757, Browns Bay
Auckland  0753
Ph. (09) 353-0427  


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