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Welcome to Neighbourhood Trust

Giving Hope for Your Future

Follow us on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NeighbourhoodTrust and find out more about our new community project, Pay it forward at payitforward.kiwi.nz and at https://www.facebook.com/payitforwardmairehau

Let's work together to re-build our community. Every person counts and everyone has something to offer.

Neighbourhood Trust (NHT) was established in 1999 by the people of St Albans Baptist Church (SABC) to enrich the lives of the immediate community and further afield. NHT is a Christian-based charitable trust governed by a Board of Trustees.  The current Trustees are Leanna Dodge (Chair), Graham Collinswood (Secretary), Tony Norriss (Treasurer), Alan Bastin, John Alpe (ex-officio), Dave Houlihan, Ruth Davies, Dean McLaughlin and Matt Wenborn.

NHT's vision is to identify and respond to the needs in the community of North St Albans/Mairehau/Shirley not being met by other groups. The Trust uses a strengths-based approach to community development, believing each person has God-given potential, seeking to bring this out and enhance the resources existing in the community.

The Trust works mainly with families and the elderly, providing a wide range of activities and services focussed on empowering and strengthening the community. The Trust offers a hand-up, not a hand-out.

NHT works with other groups and organisations to benefit the community.  It participates in various events and is represented at inter-agency meetings within the Shirley/Papanui Ward. NHT is part of the North West Collective, a group of 8 organisations working together in North Christchurch. It includes Belfast Community Network, Papanui Youth Development Trust, Freedom Trust, Northgate Community Services Trust, Bishopdale Community Trust, Shirley Community Trust and Te Ora Hou.

The Trust is supported by grants from: Christchurch City Council, Papanui/Innes, Fendalton/Waimairi/Harewood and Coastal /Burwood Community Board, Ministry of Social Development, Râtâ Foundation, COGS, NZ Lotteries, St Albans Baptist Church, The Southern Trust, Pub Charity, The Boulcott Fund, John Ilott Trust, Archer Memorial Kingdom Ministries Trust, New Zealand Red Cross, The Tindall Foundation and Christchurch Airport Community Fund. Several businesses also support the work of the Trust - thanks to The Nanny Company, BP Oil New Zealand Limited, NZ Post, Mairehau Pharmacy, Bastin's Pharmacy, Z Shirley, Reach Out Press, 2020 Tutoring, Tegel Foods, Fresh Choice, Parklands, Smoothpay (free for charities) and Verkerks for their assistance.


pdf   Neighbourhood Trust Strategic Plan 2016-2021


Programmes are kept at low costs through grants and donations. Help us to continue to help our community. DONATIONS over $5 are tax deductible.

If you would like to make a donation, please email ginny@nht.org.nz for bank account details. 

Thank you!

Community Exercise classes

All welcome to come along to Pilates on Wed mornings, 9.30am and/or Circuits on Tues evenings starting 7pm at St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road. $9 a session or discounted concession card (8 sessions for $50). Fun, community classes. Term-time only

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward is the new community space being developed in Mairehau by Neighbourhood Trust. A fantastic, designer store, filled with quality Christchurch-made goods is at 49 Nancy Ave. Pop in and take a peek and have an extra good, but extra cheap coffee, tea or hot chocolate ($2.50) from our zippy little machine. Visit www.facebook.com/payitforwardmairehau to see what it's all about.Right next door is a Community Space that can be hired for only $10 per hour.

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