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

One Year On & Getting Stronger

In celebration of its one year anniversary and to say “thank you” to their leader, the members of the Strength & Balance class surprised Sarah with a large bouquet of flowers, a wonderful certificate and a lovely afternoon tea! In addition to running classes every Friday, Sarah is also busy as Operations Manager for Neighbourhood Trust.

Strength & Balance classes are a part of our Golden Connections programme (social events and services for over 60’s). The classes are low impact, circuit classes designed to improve balance, strength and mobility whilst having fun!  There’s a cuppa and time to chat afterwards too. $2 donation to cover costs. The classes happen every Friday, 1pm at The McFaddens Centre.

Here’s To Our Volunteers!

Here's to Our Volunteers!

Our Vision for Neighbourhood Trust is to bring connection, wellbeing and transformation of our community through faith, hope and love. We could not do that without acknowledging all the help, hard work and hours put in from our volunteers.  We’d like to thank: our Neighbourhood News delivery team, our team who volunteer at our Foot Clinics, Strength & Balance classes and other Golden social events, our Community Garden volunteers, our lovely caterers cooking up a storm, all our volunteers who help to pack and deliver kai boxes, our OSCAR volunteers as well as others who give of their time on other initiatives of NHT.Did you know that National Volunteer Week is happening this year from 19th-25th June? Check it out online to read further inspiring stories about how volunteering can enrich your life and your community. You can also share your own volunteer stories and help reshape mahi aroha for the future.

We are looking for volunteers to get involved with our Community Garden Project – and we need your help. We are looking for people to get involved with the initial build of the garden, right through to planting, taking care of the garden, coordinating volunteers, learning skills (attending workshops),.. the list goes on! If you’re keen to volunteer please get in touch with Don by emailing community@nht.org.nz or hop onto our Facebook page @NeighbourhoodTrust and send us a message!

In our next issue of Neighbourhood News due out in May we take some time to celebrate our volunteers further, so keep your eyes out for that!

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 below! If you’d like a hard copy get in touch with Rebecca at comms@nht.org.nz and we can get one to you.

 – Your Neighbourhood Trust Team

Light Party 2021 Cancelled

An update on Light Party 2021

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.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers and the community for their ongoing support of this event.
We know the community enjoys this event, so we hope to see you next year!
Thank you all for your understanding.
 – Your Neighbourhood Trust Team

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. Crowds of people flocked to St Albans Park to join in with the fun and food that was on offer, and the selection of things to do was not lacking.


Sports & games equipment, the Lego Imagination Station team, bouncy castles, pony rides and an animal petting area made for plenty of fun activities to do, while throughout the day entertainment included musicians, Irish dancers, a barbershop quartet & Elgregoe the magician. If that wasn’t enough, then there were various market stalls with goodies for sale, food vendors and a sausage sizzle hosted by the Ray White team.


We want to say a huge thank you to every one of our staff members and volunteers that helped to run things as smoothly as they did, and of course to Community Focus Trust for putting the whole day together. We would also like to thank Tegel for providing the sausages for the sausage sizzle.


Lastly, thank you to everyone that came along! Community is an increasingly important aspect of life during these strange and unexpected times, and we are glad to be able to share fun and connect with the people around us.

St Albans Community Day 2021 Info

St Albans Community Day

Come along and enjoy this community event at St Albans Park, which is happening on Saturday 20th February 2021, 10:30am until 2:30pm.

We will have loads of fun activities for all ages, along with market stalls.

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting
  • BBQ
  • Market Stalls & Food Stalls
  • Giant Games
  • Balloon Animals
  • Pony Rides
  • Live Music
  • Elgregoe Show

Contact Mark on 027 9157789 for more info or email communityfocustrust@gmail.com if you have a stall and would like to be part of this event.

St Albans Community Day 2021

Golden Christmas Meal 2020

Golden Meal attendees

Recently, we rounded out our Golden Connection 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. With around 70 attendees and another 20 volunteers, the room was abuzz with conversations and laughter.

The day kicked off with an interactive retelling of the Christmas story, which had everyone calling out goofy sound effects at the right moments. There were Christmas carols after the main course of food, and even a couple of impromptu item songs sung by some of our Golden members.

Of course, the meal did not hold back either. Our wonderful kitchen team prepared a roast meal of chicken, ham and veggies, followed up by pavlova and Christmas pudding for dessert. It sure left everyone satisfied and very full!

A huge thank you goes to all of our volunteers who helped make the Golden Meal as good as it was. Hard work and plenty of organisation went into preparing everything, and it was thanks to everyone who volunteered that we could bless our Golden members in this way. This year certainly has been challenging for many of us, due in no small part to not being able to gather with friends and family for a large chunk of it. The Golden Meal was a great reminder that community and fellowship are so important, and we are excited to move into the next year with (hopefully!) many more chances to do things together as a Golden Programme.

Our Golden Connection Programme includes other activities such as walking groups, foot clinics, and various social days, as well as some helpful seminars from time to time. For bookings or more information, phone (03) 355 6522 extension 112 and leave a message. Or email golden@nht.org.nz.

Thank you Mairehau Primary School!

Mairehau Primary School Christmas donation

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

Firstly, a massive thank you to the Mairehau Primary School staff! Instead of doing Secret Santa this year, they generously donated board games, toys and kai to families the Neighbourhood Trust work with. This was a wonderful example of paying it forward.

We were also delighted to be given some fresh produce last week by the Mairehau Primary School students.

Thanks to the efforts of Amanda Armitage-Baird (gardening guru and MPS parent), students have been involved in a garden project.

Recently they had a ‘spud in a bucket’ challenge where children were given a seed potato and given the task of growing as many potatoes as possible. Friday 4th December was the big reveal day showing how much had grown. They also pulled up the carrots that had been growing in the school vege garden. 

On discussion the children decided to gift the produce to the Neighbourhood Trust’s Kai Box programme, which helps people in the Mairehau community who need a little extra support with kai. 

This was such a generous, kind and thoughtful gesture and was sincerely appreciated by both the Trust, and those who received the produce. 

If you, or someone you know, is in need of some extra kai please request a free Neighbourhood Trust Kai Box here.

NHT blessing local whānau with Christmas Box

Christmas Box 2020 Mairehau

We love our job! 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.

The Neighbourhood Trust will continue to provide kai over the holiday period to anyone in Mairehau, Shirley or St Albans who needs a bit of extra help putting food on the table.

Neighbourhood Trust Kai Boxes either consist of fresh fruit and vegetables, or a variety of staple grocery items such as canned goods and cereals.

Click here to request a free Kai Box for you, or someone you know.