History

Neighbourhood Support is an international non-profit organisation it was started by the New York City Police in 1977 in response to rising crime.

Originally called “Neighbourhood Watch”, the collaboration between police and community leaders was so successful that it spread rapidly to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. In the 1990s the movement was renamed to Neighbourhood Support to better reflect the work that we do in New Zealand communities.

Neighbourhood Support North Shore was established in 1993 and became an Incorporated Society in 2000. In 2001 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the New Zealand Police. The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish and promote a collaborative working relationship between Neighbourhood Support New Zealand Incorporated and the Police.

Early in July 2019 Neighbourhood Support ushered in a new chapter with the launch of a new logo at its National Conference. The logo depicts a diverse group of people and features a koru pattern which reflects the important place of Taha Māori in NZ. The multiple colours of the logo were adopted to represent inclusive communities where everyone is welcome and belongs, while the blue colour represents our ongoing partnership with the New Zealand Police.

Today we are based in the Browns Bay Community Policing Centre, and cover Auckland’s North Shore from the Harbour Bridge to the East Coast Bays. As a network of Neighbourhood Support community organisations, our members span all 12 Police Districts and currently support over 220,000 households and counting across the country.

Current Neighbourhood Support Logo