Auckland Council


When neighbours come together, something starts to happen. Empowerment at its best.

EcoNeighbourhoods started in the Albert-Eden local board area, and is now also available in Puketāpapa and Hibiscus and Bays local board areas. The programme connects like-minded neighbours across local suburbs, so you can find fun ways to make a real difference. You get supported to think globally while acting locally. It’s an opportunity for people to learn different ways to live lightly – you could learn how to grow and buy local food, keep chickens, improve your home’s energy efficiency, set up pest control in your hood, minimise waste, harvest rainwater or compost. Areas you might like to take action on are: eatgrowmoveenergyshop and talk.

The programme is funded by the specific local boards and managed by council’s Live Lightly team, supporting residents to adopt sustainable lifestyles within their homes and communities. The goal is to create a more sustainable future by initiating activities and workshops that you are passionate about! Groups are supported by a community facilitator and there are some funds available so that you can try out what interests you to make a difference in your neighbourhood.

How to set up or join a group

You can register your interest at any time, and someone will be in touch. For Albert Eden and Puketāpapa register here, and for Hisbiscus Bays register here. To form a group, there needs to be at least six people from different houses in your neighbourhood. If you don’t know anyone in your neighbourhood you can still register, and there may be an existing group you may like to join in with, or the coordinator can put you in touch with other interested people in your area. You can also set up your own group.

The next step is the exciting bit - you decide what you want to do and then go for it! The community facilitator is available to assist groups to set up, get going and provide support along the way. They provide resources, ideas and connect you with an awesome list of experts for workshops and specialised guidance around activities and projects you might want to do. You can also keep in touch with each other through the EcoNeighbourhoods newsletter and Facebook page.

Every year funding is reviewed to ensure groups are supported on their sustainability journey. Groups need to do at least two activities a year – but there’s no limit to how many you can do! Currently new groups can expect to receive $1,000 and existing groups $800 every year to fund their agreed activities. There aren’t any lengthy application forms. Funding is available for 18 groups.

Contact EcoNeighbourhoods Coordinator:

In Albert-Eden and Puketāpapa contact Heather Lyall for more information phone: 021 040 1817 or email:

In Hibiscus and Bays contact Ben Sheeran by email:

Find out if you live in the Albert-Eden, Puketāpapa or Hibiscus or Bays local board area. If don’t live in one of these areas but you are interested in having EcoNeighbourhoods in your area, get in touch with your local board.

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags Dominion Road is a grassroots movement where people get together and make recycled fabric shopping bags. They are given to the community to use as an alternative to single use plastic bags. They run regular sewing bees at Gribblehirst Hub in Sandringham and have just made their 800th bag! They have also launched the ‘Take your own take away container’ campaign on Dominion Road, a very busy restaurant area in Auckland. This group is making a real difference in raising awareness and providing practical solutions for waste and single use plastic in their community.

Torea EcoNeighbourhood

Torea EcoNeighbourhood

This group is learning about organic vegetable growing so they can share produce with one another. They recently developed a communal shared herb garden and a butterfly-bee garden in their central green space, and have a compost workshop planned with The Compost Collective. They have planted community fruit trees and communal pots of vegetables so they can all benefit from growing food together. The group meet at the central green and have shared lunches too. ‘The best thing’ says the group’s co-ordinator Des ‘is getting to know your neighbours'.

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