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Local Hero - Alan Petley

The Daily Post
10 August 2011

By Kristy Martin


Alan Petley considers himself a "messenger boy" for the residents of Rotorua's Foley Drive.

He is the Neighbourhood Support officer for the subdivision and this week's Daily Post Volunteer of the Week.

Mr Petley has lived in the area for 16 years and said he just "fell into" becoming the Neighbourhood Support representative. He said there wasn't much to the job - he delivered information from Neighbourhood Support to residents, took walks around the neighbourhood and let people know what was happening in the area.

"I'm just a bit of a messenger boy really, there's not a lot to it."

He said it was quite a nice place to live and he took pride in the area. "Sometimes I take a plastic bag on my walks and pick up rubbish along the way."

Last year, Foley Dr was presented with a Neat Street award, an annual competition run by Neighbourhood Support and Keep Rotorua Beautiful.

Mr Petley said he communicated with residents each year to see if they wanted to take part in the competition. Residents all had to agree to keep their lawns and gardens tidy if they decided to enter. Mr Petley said his role allowed him to get to know his neighbours a little bit. "I know most people, we don't socialise an awful lot but there is the odd barbecue."

Mr Petley said he also knew quite a bit more about safety in the community.

One of his top tips was for people to always lock their doors. "Even if you're at home. You never know who is going to knock at your door."


Source: http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/local-hero-alan-petley/1065605/

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