St Albans Community Day 2021

St Albans Community Day

Come along and enjoy this community event at St Albans Park, which is happening on Saturday 15th 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.

Christmas Eve Carol Service


The 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.

The Christmas Eve Celebration is held at St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road, Christchurch.

The service starts at 7pm, with a free sausage sizzle from 6:15pm.

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.

Job vacancy – Neighbourhood Trust Manager

Neighbourhood Trust team

We are currently on the hunt for an amazing person to become our new Trust Manager. Read the job description below and visit Seek if you’d like to apply.

  • Commitment to Christian kaupapa
  • Permanent role 32 per hours per week
  • Salary $50K plus incentive bonus

The Neighbourhood Trust (NHT) is the community arm of St Albans Baptist Church in Christchurch. Supported by the Church and by a variety of philanthropic organisations the Trust delivers services to families and whānau in the Mairehau and St Albans communities. NHT run a number of successful projects and initiatives, including The Mairehau Project, Golden Connections for senior members of our community, OSCAR, ESOL and a very busy Foodbank / distribution service.

The Manager will oversee the day to day management of the Trust, its assets and the team with a strong understanding of a culture and values that are built on a biblical understanding, therefore being a part of the church will provide insight and an ability to model the values and lead the team to do the same.

As well as the day to day operations of the Trust the key focus of this role is to provide strong and effective organisation and community leadership. To do this you will grow and develop the Trust in a managed and sustainable way where you will model culturally appropriate practice and lead the NHT team on the journey of cultural development. You will show encouragement and empower staff and ensure that those that work for the Trust are cared for and valued members of the team. Working with the Board you will set the vision for Trust and ensure the vision is maintained and responsive to community needs and within the Christian character of the Trust.

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, have proven experience in management in a not for profit organisation, have strong financial and budget management skills and possess proven leadership and excellence in relationship management at varying levels and with all types of people. You will actively support the Christian ethos of the Trust as the community arm of St Albans Baptist Church.

This is a great opportunity for a passionate individual who is looking to ‘give back’ and to lead a small dedicated team working for the community and helping others.

Apply for the position here.

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.

Northgate Community Services Trust job opportunities

Our friends at Northgate Community Services Trust have some great job opportunities going at the moment. Here are the job descriptions – 

Community Support Coordinator

Part-time, 16-20 hours per week, Monday-Friday.

Here at Northgate we believe that people flourish when they take opportunities to serve others. To help people do so, we strongly focus on their individual development. Each volunteer is unique and very important to us and as we equip and empower them, they are enabled to serve their community in ways that only they can.

Whereas the primary purpose of this role will be to support individuals and families in our community through difficult times, we don’t expect him/her to do this alone. We want to see volunteers play an important role in this process by equipping them to support others.

To be considered for this role you will therefore need to love working with people, be caring and compassionate and be passionate about the development and growth of others. You will need to be a good listener and recognise the gifts and potential in others and be able to connect with people of various age groups, social-economic backgrounds and ethnicities. As part of a team where we value each one for who they are, you will need to be willing to work collaboratively with your colleagues and other agencies to provide the best outcomes for every person you serve.

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Trust Administrator

Part-time, 16-20 hours per week, Monday-Friday.

Northgate is a growing organisation that offers a variety of services and programmes to its community. We strongly focus on the development of our volunteers, as we believe that individuals and communities flourish when they serve others.

To make this possible, we want to develop a strong team of leaders that is able to equip and empower others to serve. As an administrator with experience in the areas like Human Resources, Health and Safety, and policy writing your role will be to ensure that as a charitable trust, the organisation remains compliant and accountable to all its stakeholders. You will also be involved in areas like funding, internal and external communication and programme administration to ensure the organisation meets all its obligations around its programmes.

Although we are looking for a self-motivated individual with a wide variety skills, you will work in a collaborative team environment where support for one another, growth and development are an important part of who we are as a team.

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