Free barbecue on the Selwyn District Council

COME TOGETHER: Residents attending a "Meet Your Street" gathering at Oakley Drive reserve, Prebbleton.

Selwyn residents will get free barbecue food as a way of encouraging neighbours to get to know each other.

The mobile barbecue will travel across Selwyn to 18 locations as part of the district council’s annual Meet Your Street programme.

As well as a free barbecue, the street gatherings will include music and games for children.

District council connecting communities co-ordinator Tyla Harrison-Hunt said the event is a chance for neighbourhoods to get together to catch up with those nearby and make new friends.

“These gatherings encourage neighbours to feel part of their local community, and are especially important for residents new to Selwyn to settle in and form new relationships,” he said.

The gatherings all take place on Tuesdays between 5.30-7pm.

Invitations will be dropped into mailboxes the week before the gathering.

To give more Selwyn residents the chance to meet their street, the district council has funds available for those keen to organise and host their own street gathering.

A subsidy of up to $75 is available for each street gathering.

Anyone who lives in a neighbourhood in Selwyn can apply for the subsidy, which has increased from the $50 offered last summer.

The gathering can be a small group of neighbours or a whole street.

It may be held at the local reserve, playground, or in a backyard.

The district council is also running a competition to give away a bonus Meet Your Street event to one lucky neighbourhood in Selwyn.

The Meet Your Street team will provide staffing, a mobile barbecue, drinks (non-alcoholic) and burgers for up to 50 people.

•Applications are open and close on November 24. The winner will be contacted on November 27. Visit for the full terms and conditions and to enter the draw, or check the Meet Your Street Selwyn Facebook page for event information, photos and wet weather postponement details.

Meet Your Street times and dates:

•November 7– Markham Way reserve, Rolleston.
•November 14 – Reserve between Tawaki and Kea Sts, Burnham.
•November 21 – Poulter Road reserve, Lincoln.
•November 28 – Campion Pl Reserve, Rolleston.
•December 5 – Gainsborough Reserve, West Melton.
•December 12 – William St Reserve, Prebbleton.
•December 19 – Hartford Cres Reserve, Rolleston.
January 9 – Torlesse Cres Reserve, Darfield.
•January 16 – Everest Way Reserve, Springston.
•January 23 – Lawrence Drive Reserve, Rolleston.
•January 30 – Mountain View Pl Reserve, Leeston.
•February 13 – Fifetuscan Way Reserve, Lincoln.
•February 20 – Matisse Close Reserve, Rolleston.
•February 27 – Taiaroa Pl, Southbridge.
•March 6 – Edwin Trent Drive, Prebbleton.
•March 13 – Rochester Cres pathway, Rolleston.
•March 20 – Pemberton Drive, Darfield.
•March 27 – Heathridge Pl, Lincoln.