Fairfax Media NZ announces investment in Neighbourly.co.nz

Media Release

10 December, 2014

- Fairfax Media NZ announces investment in Neighbourly.co.nz -


Fairfax Media NZ has bought a stake in Kiwi­founded neighbourhood website, Neighbourly.co.nz ­ a platform that allows New Zealanders to connect and share with their neighbours and wider community using private websites for their suburb. 

The move is part of a strategy by Fairfax, owner of the Stuff.co.nz website, to further strengthen its offering to, and relevance in, communities across New Zealand. 

Simon Tong, Fairfax NZ Managing Director, says Neighbourly.co.nz adds a strong social offering to the Fairfax portfolio. 

“Providing genuinely local content is our unique strength ­ and it’s highly valued by our readers. On a typical day, 1.8 million Kiwis read a Fairfax community newspaper*.

“Our involvement with Neighbourly gives us an even greater opportunity to connect individuals within a community, to discuss the issues important to them, allow them to share their views and experiences and build community spirit.

“Since its June launch, Neighbourly is already active in 45% of New Zealand suburbs and it has established strong relationships with local councils, emergency services and well­known organisations.” 

A new addition to the New Zealand social media scene, Neighbourly was inspired by US ­based neighbourhood networking site, Nextdoor.com, which now has over 50 million members across 45,000 American neighbourhoods.

Neighbourly.co.nz co­founders Shane Bradley and Casey Eden say Fairfax’s enthusiasm and industry acumen makes it an ideal partner.

“Our partnership with Fairfax is a logical step in the Neighbourly journey,” explains Bradley. “Their credibility in the community space is unrivaled; they have an outstanding portfolio of community publications; passionate dedicated teams out in the field doing many of the things we want Neighbourly to achieve ­ and most importantly, they were excited about getting involved from the get­go.

“The partnership came together very quickly once we started talking and realised the synergies between Neighbourly and Fairfax that will benefit our combined audiences.”

Managing Director, Casey Eden, adds: “Working with Fairfax will enable us to build stronger, safer and friendlier communities in every corner of New Zealand, more quickly than we ever imagined. We’re excited to be working with such an experienced and widely respected partner ­ especially just seven months since launch”.

“Fairfax is the leader in community publications. They’re already doing great things in the community space ­ and understand the importance of being involved in and supporting our communities. This partnership allows us to execute the vision we had when we first launched Neighbourly: more connected and safer communities across New Zealand.”

Members use Neighbourly.co.nz to exchange recommendations on local services, plan events, buy, sell and give away items, ask questions, discuss community issues, find lost pets and get to know one another.

Neighbourly.co.nz launched nationally in June 2014 and has over 60,000 members across 1,400 New Zealand suburbs.

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Notes to editors
● Nielsen CMI Q4 2013 ­ Q32014

About Neighbourly.co.nz
● Neighbourly.co.nz is a free service website for members and organisations that fosters interaction and connections between neighbours, creating stronger, safer and friendlier places to call home.
● Members of Neighbourly.co.nz use the website to interact on topics such as local events, after school activities, crime and safety, council issues, local services or even lost pets.
● Neighbourly.co.nz also offers a crime prevention service for members within its communities. Members are kept informed of any suspicious activity and can also inform each other instantly of any urgent crime or safety updates via SMS text message.

About Fairfax Media
Fairfax Media is an innovative, integrated multi­media business with strong brands across multiple platforms including newspapers, magazines and digital.
Fairfax Media has two national, nine daily and 66 community newspapers, 25+ magazines, and market leading website, stuff.co.nz. 

● Emma Carter, Communications Manager, Fairfax Media.  m: 021 811 701 e: emma.carter@fairfaxmedia.co.nz
● Sarah Moore, Head of Communications, Neighbourly. m: 021 680 340 e: sarah@neighbourly.co.nz

 

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