Shopping Night


The Local Little Shopping Night is a special evening event held twice a year at our Pay It Forward store at 49 Nancy Ave, Mairehau.

Pay It Forward is a co-operative, curated shop of quality, locally crafted gifts and products that gives Canterbury creatives a platform to sell their goods. For Mother’s Day in May, and Christmas in December, the shop opens for an evening event, featuring bubbles, nibbles, and a fun night filled with plenty of shopping.

Keep an eye on the Pay It Forward website and Facebook page to find out when the next Local Little Shopping Night is being held. Get your friends and family together, and enjoy a great night out to support this social enterprise.


Pay It Forward Facebook

Light Party

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
For a number of years Halloween has been gaining momentum in New Zealand.
We at the Neighbourhood Trust and St Albans Baptist Church, want to see families enjoying themselves and spending quality time together, but instead by celebrating life, wellbeing and diversity, rather than Halloween traditions. So we put on an alternative event each year on the 31st October – the Light Party!

Light Party 2021

This counter-cultural event provides a safe environment for the whole family to have fun together.
There’s lots of free entertainment, including:
  • Giant inflatable playground
  • Kids’ jeeps
  • Farm animal petting zoo
  • Face painting
  • Games
  • Pre-schoolers playroom
  • Black light disco
  • Kids’ entertainers, Lydia & Chelsea
  • Live music
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Finger food

Coffee cart, Mr Whippy and shaved ice will be available to purchase.

The Light Party is a great opportunity for families to laugh together, eat together, and enjoy doing something that is all about celebrating life and joy in our community.
This year our theme is ‘Noah’s Ark’, so come along dressed as your favourite animal!
No scary costumes, please.
Contact if you have any enquiries.
Inflatable Light Party Map

Inflatable Playground

Will be available 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Located on the grassy area and in the carpark. Lots of inflatable playground equipment for children of all ages to burn off some energy on. Qualified OSCAR workers will be supervising. Bare feet or socks only.

Light Party Kids Jeeps

Kids' Jeeps

Will be available 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Hoon around in these cool mini jeeps! Located in the carpark. For children over 5 years old. An adult can ride in the cars with children assisting if needed.

Light Party Farm Animals

Old Mc-DON-ald's Farm

Our Community Development Worker, Don (aka Old Mc-DON-ald!) is bringing along some of his farm animals including lambs, Labrador puppies and baby chicks. A great opportunity for children to get their photo taken giving these cute animals some (gentle) pats!

Light Party Facepainting

Face Painting

We have lovely make-up artists and creative people looking forward to transforming kids’ faces into works of art!

Light Party Entertainers - Lydia and Chelsea

Kids' Entertainers - Lydia & Chelsea

Professional Children’s Entertainers, Lydia and Chelsea, will be enthralling children with Noah’s Ark themed skits, singing, dancing, and more! Located in the Café Overflow (disco room) from 5.15pm – 6.00pm. Suitable for all ages.

Light Party black light disco

Black Light Disco

Come on down and have a boogie to your favourite tunes from 6pm – 7pm in the Café Overflow. Suitable for all ages. Wear something white to look extra glowy!

Light Party worship music

Worship Music

The St Albans Baptist worship band will be playing in the main auditorium. Take a seat and enjoy.

Light Party Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Free! Come grab a kiwi classic – sausage, tomato sauce and onion in a slice of white bread. Located in the carpark.

Light Party FInger Food

Finger Food

Take some time to chill out and fill your tummies with free finger food available in the Café. Available from 5pm – 6.30pm.

Light Party

Coffee Cart, Shaved Ice & Mr Whippy Ice Creams

Additional food and beverages are available to purchase from food carts located in the carpark from 4.30pm – 7pm.

Light Party 2021 countdown!

Light Party 2020 photos - Noah's Ark theme

Mairehau Community Day


A free, family event is held every March at Mairehau Primary School. It features heaps of exciting rides, a merry-go-round, mini jeeps, a bouncy castle, face painting, and lots of fun for everyone. The day out is a great opportunity to meet other families and residents in Mairehau.

It also features information stalls set up by different organisations and services in the area. The Mairehau Community Day began in 2008 after local children asked for a fun, community event, and it continues to grow each year.

Thank you to the Papanui-Innes Community Board and The Tindall Foundation for their generous support of the Day.

Pop-up Classes


From time-to-time, Neighbourhood Trust offers one-off or pop-up classes and courses.

Some examples of previous pop-up classes include:

  • Te Reo Maori classes
  • Driver Licence course
  • Money Matters
  • Divorce care

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out when the next classes are being held.


Exercise Classes


Pilates exercise class is a fantastic way to meet new people while building your fitness. It  is community-based and taught by a professional instructor in a relaxed environment that is suitable for people of all levels of fitness.

Wednesday mornings with Roger Chance

St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans

9.30am-10.30am  (during school term)

Cost: $10 per session

Car parking is available off Redwood Place

ESOL Classes


Neighbourhood Trust is pleased to offer free English (ESOL) lessons to newcomers and migrants with English as a second language, or with low levels of English.

The one-hour long, daytime classes, are taught by a qualified ESOL teacher and are run once a week on Tuesday or Thursday. Lessons cover conversation; grammar; punctuation; reading; and understanding common Kiwi phrases and the context of them in everyday language.

The classes are designed to be fun and engaging, and to suit the individual needs of the student.

For more information about our free ESOL classes phone (03) 3556522 or email

Golden Connections

Golden Connections river trip

Golden Connection is our social programme for over 60s – and it’s the ideal place to make new friends and have some fun. Our regular activities include half and full day outtings, games afternoons, movies, meals, foot clinics, mid week church services and a lot of laughter!

For bookings or more information, phone (03) 355 6522 extension 112 and leave a message. Or email

In addition to special events that we offer, we run regular, weekly activities such as Foot Clinics on Mondays and Strength & Balance Classes on Friday. Read below for further information for June – August 2022.