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Hints for living in harmony

By RYAN EVANS - Taranaki Daily News

17 July 2009

Everybody needs good neighbours but if you don't have them a new booklet is on the way to help.

Keeping Peace With the Joneses will be launched later this month by the New Plymouth District Council, often the first port of call when a neighbourly dispute arises.

The booklet contains everything from information on property-related bylaws, advice on how to approach a troublesome neighbour and even available mediation services when things get really pear shaped.

The guide is a collaboration between groups such as the council, the Taranaki Regional Council, the police and fire services, the Citizens' Advice Bureau, Neighbourhood Support, the Department of Labour and the Taranaki Community Law Service.

The multi-agency approach makes it unique, NPDC customer and regulatory services manager Simon Pickford says.

"It's also what makes the guide so handy because regardless of the problem whether it relates to a council bylaw or government legislation the relevant advice is all in this one place."

Copies of Keeping Peace With the Joneses will be available from Monday July 27 at the Civic Centre, Puke Ariki and district libraries, the council's community development office in the Top Town complex, Neighbourhood Support, the Citizens' Advice Bureau, and online.


  • Boundaries and encroachment
  • Building and earthworks
  • Dogs and other animals
  • Fences
  • Fires
  • Graffiti
  • Noise
  • Trees
  • Swimming pools
  • Stormwater.


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