What’s happening at the Neighbourhood Trust?

Find out about local upcoming events, services and useful information for navigating life in Mairehau and St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand.  

Out Now!

Issue 2 of our Neighbourhood News is out now
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One Year On & Getting Stronger

Celebrating one year of Strength & Balance classes at the McFaddens Centre
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Here’s To Our Volunteers!

We celebrate and thank our volunteers - without you we couldn't do what we do!
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Neighbourhood News 2022

We are proud to present the first edition of our new-look Neighbourhood News for 2022! These are currently being delivered to our St Albans and Mairehau residents but if you’d like to take a look at our digital edition, scroll
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Light Party 2021 Cancelled

We are sad and disappointed to announce that due to COVID restrictions Neighbourhood Trust will be cancelling the Light Party on the 31st October 2021.
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St Albans Community Day 2021

On Saturday 20th February, we supported Community Focus Trust in running the St Albans Community Day. It was a beautiful, sunny day that went off without a hitch.
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St Albans Community Day

St Albans Community Day 2021 Info

Come along and enjoy this community event, which is happening on Saturday 20th February 10:30am until 2:30pm.
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Golden Meal attendees

Golden Christmas Meal 2020

Recently, we rounded out our Golden Programme for the year with our annual Golden Christmas Meal. What a wonderful time to be had, with good company, songs and stories to be shared, and plenty of yummy food.
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Mairehau Primary School Christmas donation

Thank you Mairehau Primary School!

‘Tis the season of giving at Mairehau Primary School in their last couple of weeks of term.
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Christmas Box 2020 Mairehau

NHT blessing local whānau with Christmas Box

Every year we partner with Christmas Box to bless families with kai. This week we are excited to be distributing 100 boxes to Mairehau, Shirley and St Albans whānau.
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Christmas Eve Carol Service

The annual St Albans Baptist Church Christmas Eve celebration features a great lineup of classic Christmas carols to bring people together and celebrate the true meaning of the season.
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Tu Manawa

Teaming Up for Our Tamariki – Sport Canterbury

A desire to advocate for Canterbury kids in Northwest Christchurch has inspired a unique collective of community groups and sports organisations to team up and deliver new activities outside of traditional sport and recreation.
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OSCAR Holiday Programme

OSCAR Holiday Programme Summer 2020/2021

Enrolments are open for our OSCAR Holiday Programme over the summer!
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Neighbourhood Trust Christmas Box 2020 Appeal

Every year NHT distribute 100 Christmas food boxes to people in need in our local area. We are asking for financial donations to help us with the cost of these gifts. $30 covers the cost of one box.
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Northgate Community Services Trust job opportunities

Our friends at Northgate Community Services Trust have some great positions available at the moment. Check out the job descriptions.
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Gardening for mental health

Barnett House Recovery Centre – Recovery College Workshops

Mental health community courses running from October - December 2020.
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Mairehau Primary School

Added support for Mairehau Primary School community

Judith will be providing counselling services to children and their whānau at Mairehau Primary School, as part of the Neighbourhood Trust Mairehau Community Project.
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Neighbourhood News - Term 4, 2020

Neighbourhood News – Term 4, 2020 out now

Our quarterly community newsletter, The Neighbourhood News, is being delivered to Mairehau and St Albans letterboxes this week. You can also view it below.  
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Sarah Tomsett organising Kai Box

Tomsett set to get programmes moving

Sarah Tomsett joins the Neighbourhood Trust as our new Operations Manager.
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Chillingworth Road food

Chillingworth Road – worth a visit!

As part of our mission to support our local community, the Neighbourhood Trust is running a blog series on businesses we believe are pretty awesome, and positively contribute to our special area of Christchurch.
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Farewell to Pat

We are very sad to say that a few weeks ago one of our lovely Golden volunteers, Pat, passed away. Pat was a dedicated, willing volunteer, and was always happy to do whatever was needed.
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Community Food Organisation Map New Zealand

Neighbourhood Trust Kai Boxes featured on Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger map

The Collective has just launched an interactive map to help find community food organisations around New Zealand. See if you can spot Neighbourhood Trust!
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Light Party

Light Party 2020

Halloween alternative event. Free family fun in St Albans, Christchurch.
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Parenting Support Christchurch Mairehau

The Best ‘You’ That You Can Be Workshops

Workshops focused on building our strength, positivity, resilience and hope so that we can inspire and positively impact our whanau and those around us.
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The Whanau Centre

Whānau Snackbox Workshops

‘Bite-sized’ sessions covering skills to assist you to be an effective member of your whanau.
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Preparing for Retirement Seminar

A breakfast seminar with Peter Gaulter. How to prepare to enjoy a flourishing life past 65.
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Rowan Durward

Get to know our new Community Chaplain

"This job is amazing for me - to get to know and support this community is a privilege," says Rowan.
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Father's Day 2020

Fathers matter

Dads have an important role to play in their children’s lives. Not all dads are the same either. You don’t have to fill the stereotypically ‘manly’ role of hunting/gathering/risk-taking/outdoor adventuring.
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Neighbourhood News issue 1

Neighbourhood News issue #1

Read our first issue of Neighbourhood News - the community newsletter for Mairehau and St Albans.
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Neighbourhood Trust Kai Box pantry

New heart for Christchurch’s Mairehau community

Daily Encourager article - A community space, even more needed since the Covid-19 lockdown, is being created in Mairehau.
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Neighbourhood News reo crossword answers

Looking for the answers to the Pimp my Reo crossword from the Neighbourhood News? Here they are!
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The Whanau Centre

NHT in the Nor’West News

Community hub, The Whanau Centre, 'filling a gap' for families in Mairehau.
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Smile NZ free dental days

Smile NZ free dental days are coming up!

Solve one dental problem or tooth ache with them for FREE! You must have a current Community Service Card and be 18 years or older to be eligible.
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Barnett House

Barnett House Recovery Centre Workshops & Groups – July / August 2020

Barnett House Recovery Centre workshops and groups are available to everyone over 18 years of age with lived experience of emotional or mental distress.
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NHT AGM 2020

NHT AGM 2020 honours volunteers

We had a wonderful time meeting together for the Annual General Meeting for the Neighbourhood Trust. It is always a pleasure looking back on the previous year and reflecting on the great work that our team has accomplished in the Mairehau and St Albans community.
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SABC craft group

Come spin some yarns with the SABC craft group

Making things with your hands and being creative is an excellent way to improve mental health, and doing it alongside a group of lovely people is a great way to make friends and develop your skills.
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Volunteer Neighbourhood News delivery

Would you like to volunteer?

We have some fun new opportunities for people who would like to use their skills to help our community.
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Dawn painted wellbeing rocks

A new Dawn for NHT

We are very excited to announce that Dawn Hastings has been appointed as the new Community Development Worker for Neighbourhood Trust (NHT).
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Youth Alpha

Got questions about life, purpose, God?

Youth Alpha is a great place to investigate what it is you believe about these big questions and maybe why you believe it. It’s also a great place to meet people and spend time with friends.
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Neighbourhood Trust team

Investing in the individual

When NGOs are faced with challenges, like the Covid-19 crisis, instead of backing off and enjoying a break, they go full steam ahead and come up with new and creative ways to support their people.
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Golden Connections river trip

Goldens rolling on the river

The Golden Connections walking group took a journey on the Kaiapoi River Queen last week. Kim Strange, Golden Connections Coordinator, says “It was a stunning trip with the sun shining and blue skies."
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Pimp your reo crossword #1

Here’s a fun way to practice your reo – by trying to complete the crossword! How many can you fill out before having to look at the answers?
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Our Golden volunteers are priceless!

This week is National Volunteer Week and we want to acknowledge the amazing work our volunteer team put into the programme and thank them for all the time and energy they put in to Golden Connections.
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Golden Connections

June/July Golden activities

Our Golden Connections newsletter for June/July 2020 is out and packed with fun activities for folks over 65 years.
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Neighbourhood Trust sponsor thank you

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to the wonderful people who choose to continue to invest in bringing connection, wellbeing and transformation to our community.
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Christine ESOL teacher

Get to know our ESOL teacher

Neighbourhood Trust ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, Christine, is passionate about helping students from other countries to achieve their goals
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Mental health workshops

Barnett House Recovery Centre June/July events

Barnett House Recovery Centre are running some excellent free mental health workshops over the next few months
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English for Speakers of Other Languages

What is ESOL?

ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. At the Neighbourhood Trust we offer ESOL classes at our Nancy Ave site, taught by our wonderful qualified teacher, Christine.
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Need some kai?

The Neighbourhood Trust foodbank is constantly being replenished thanks to our wonderful donors and sponsors.
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Kai Box feijoa jam doantion

Feijoa jam donated for Kai Boxes

Thank you to Robyn Holland who donated 25 jars of homemade feijoa jam, plus fresh feijoas.
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