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.
 – The 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.

Men’s Group at the Whānau Centre

Men's Group Image
We have a Men’s Group that runs at our Whanau Centre! This is a chance to connect over some kai, share ideas of things to do as a group, and grow a great support network for men in the Mairehau area, in a relaxed and fun space.
It runs every Friday during school term time. See you there at 12:30pm-2:30pm, The Whanau Centre, 49 Nancy Ave. For any more info, contact Don at or 027 956 9202. Lunch provided.

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 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

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.

Teaming Up for Our Tamariki – Sport Canterbury

Tu Manawa

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.

In the wake of a pandemic, in a region familiar with challenges, families face significant obstacles to keeping kids active. 

Rather than rely on their traditional sport-specific models, Canterbury Hockey’s Emma Hodgkin says the sports are prepared to innovate and enter into new collaborative partnerships in order to better meet the needs of communities.

Hodgkin sums up her motivation in simple terms.

“It’s about us recognising, that as the organisations governing our individual sports in our region, that we have an obligation past delivering formal competitions – to provide opportunities for all young people to keep active.” 

In a new collaborative initiative, a range of regional sports organisations including Canterbury Hockey, Canterbury Cricket, Squash Canterbury and Touch Canterbury have teamed up with the NorthWest Collective, compromising of nine community entities to develop and deliver a new initiative – Kia Kori Waitaha –   Being Active Locally.

This initiative will see Participation Activators appointed who will work under the umbrella of Canterbury Cricket Association to co-design and deliver programmes through the community trusts and entities already working with tamariki and rangatahi in the places where they congregate and participate locally and in their own neighbourhoods. 

“The NorthWest Collective has been successfully working together since 2013, sharing resources, knowledge and skills. The opportunity to collaborate even more and with a different sector to support our grass roots community work, really just made sense. We see every day the need to get our tamariki back out playing and more importantly encouraging mums and dads to get involved as well. We bring our experience of different groups working together to this great initiative” says Lynda Goodrick, Belfast Community Network General Manager.  

This initiative has been talked about and in the planning phases for a long time however COVID-19 and the availability of new funding to support collaborative initiatives is what has finally made it all possible. The Sport NZ fund, known as Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa, has been a source of inspiration for play, active recreation and sporting projects in Canterbury that are committed to reaching groups at risk of missing out or being less active.

Tū Manawa means “to stand and breathe,” describing the moment many people of all ages experience before engaging in sport or activity – the moment of anticipation for the physical and mental benefits that being active bestows on the participant.

Canterbury Cricket’s Simon Hill has been helping drive the collaboration. “Canterbury sports recognise that great things happen when they team up. We have a common hope – for a brighter future for our children.”

The activities will not be sport-specific, however they may provide pathways into sport for young people who wish to pursue it further.

Sport Canterbury’s Chief Executive Julyan Falloon supports the vision behind the project.

“We don’t know anyone else across New Zealand in active recreation or sport, showing leadership in this way.” It is also exciting times for Canterbury Touch and Squash Canterbury who are also key partners in this initiative;

It is also exciting times for Canterbury Touch and Squash Canterbury who are key partners in this initiative.

“We’ve got our eye on the same game, of simply keeping kids engaged and moving, but we recognise that we aren’t always best placed to access those young people who need these opportunities the most,” says Squash Canterbury CEO, Kristy Havill.

Shane Bowden, Regional Development Manager for Touch Canterbury, agrees.

“By opening our minds and adapting our offering in the community, we believe we can play a part in a different future.

“It’s a win if we can help these young people develop a lifelong love of being active.”

OSCAR Holiday Programme Summer 2020/2021

OSCAR Holiday Programme

Enrolments are open for our OSCAR Holiday Programme over the summer!

We have lots of fun activities planned, including Christmas crafts, outings, movies, games, cooking, music, sports, competitions and more! Check out our full schedule of activities here.

Our Summer 2020 / 2021 children’s holiday programmes will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi 370 Innes Road, Mairehau, from 8:00am-5:30pm.

Work and Income subsidies are available for eligible families.

Children from any Primary School can attend.

Visit the Holiday Programme page for information on costs and how to book.

Neighbourhood Trust Christmas Box 2020 Appeal

Every year the Neighbourhood Trust distribute 100 Christmas food boxes to people in need in our local area.

Not only does this provide a beautiful blessing to a family, it also gives us a chance to connect with people we may not have met before.


We are asking for financial donations to help us with the cost of these gifts. $30 covers the cost of one box.

Donations can be made by:

  • Direct debit to 020800-0741114-00 (please include your name and reference Christmas Box)
  • Cash, which can be dropped into our office here at church (64 McFaddens Rd) between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Please email Sarah at if you have any questions, or if you would like to nominate a family to receive a Christmas Box.