Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Te Tiriti is the foundation of our practice and our values. We are committed to the out working of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values.


The Neighbourhood Trust vision is to transform our community by strengthening and supporting our whānau to reach their potential. Thriving families living together in a healthy community is our primary goal.


The Neighbourhood Trust team will support whānau, individuals, schools and other community organisations by delivering services which meet current needs.


The Neighbourhood Trust is the community arm of St Albans Baptist Church. Our purpose is to demonstrate the love of Jesus through unconditional service.

Our Values

Whanaungatanga: Whānau are the cornerstone of our community and their wellbeing is paramount.
Manaakitanga: protecting the mana individuals and groups in our community through mana enhancing practice.
Aroha: Unconditional love, believing every person has potential.
Mana taurite: Equity, one size does not fit all and we will do whatever we can to be responsive to the needs of individuals regardless of culture, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
Wairuatanga: The Neighbourhood Trust believes in Te Whare Tapa Wha and the importance of developing taha wairua in peoples lives.

Our History

Neighbourhood Trust was formed in 1999 as the community arm of the St Albans Baptist Church to serve the Mairehau, St Albans, and Shirley communities in Christchurch.

Our collaborative programmes, classes, and initiatives help to strengthen and create connections, provide support, and build on strengths.

Whether it is parents needing after school child care; elderly residents seeking companionship; or newcomers and migrants wanting to build new connections or improve their English – our dedicated staff and volunteers work to facilitate and build a sense of community. Ultimately, we want to give people hope for the future.

Neighbourhood Trust was actively involved in the community following the February 2011 earthquakes. We worked with the Papanui/Innes Community Board to distribute information around the St Albans, Mairehau, Shirley and Richmond areas, and hosted the Towards Recovery series. The series was held to bring community groups together to share their earthquake stories and priorities for the recovery such as home heating; transport; access to services and information; and sharing community spaces.

We also keep the Mairehau and St Albans community well informed through our quarterly publication: Neighbourhood News.

Our Team

We have a passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers who ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the Neighbourhood Trust and its community programmes, activities, and events.
NHT Photo Angela

Angela Sanderson

Financial Administrator
Rowan Durward

Rowan Durward

Community Chaplain

Sarah Tomsett

Operations Manager

Judith Keir

Children's Counsellor

Roana Johnstone

OSCAR Manager

Christine Arnold

ESOL Tutor
Jess Lyons

Jess Lyons

Communications Manager
Don Benn

Don Benn

Community Development Worker

Dawn Hastings

Community Development Worker

Our Board

Neighbourhood Trust is governed by a Board of volunteers who meet monthly to provide strategic direction and oversee the running of the organisation. Currently, our Board members are:

Leanna Dodge


Graham Collinswood


Tony Norriss


Alan Bastin


Ruth Davies


John Alpe

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Thank you to our funders for supporting Neighbourhood Trust to positively impact Mairehau and St Albans communities.


Neighbourhood Trust partners with other like-minded organisations to offer programmes, classes and events that create connections, support local people, and build on community strengths.

The North West Collective is a group of nine Christchurch community organisations that provide services and programmes to their communities. We are committed to working together to strengthen our communities and aim to be both caring and professional as we partner with our communities.

Neighbourhood Trust has partnered with Community Focus Trust to manage the logistics of providing kai for those who need extra support putting food on the table in our communities, via our Kai Box initiative.