What do you love about your kids?

What do you love about your kids?

Our Community Development Worker, Don, shares what he loves about his eldest son, Jayden.

“Let me introduce you to my son, Jayden, who turned 16 on the 20th May. I chose this pic from his graduation at the end of last year because I still look a tad bigger than him. He’s all but caught up to me now. I feel small next to him. On his birthday he went to the AA and aced the learner driver test, so now he’s driving. And he’s a great driver too. He’s super smart, incredibly funny, and an all-round great guy. I like spending time with him.”

What do you like/love about your kid(s)? Perhaps this is a wee reminder to go and tell them. Our kids need to hear our praise of them, and how proud we are of them. They don’t have to be A+ students, All Blacks in the making, or have no room for more medals and awards on their shelf. Just love on them anyway. We can go through life knowing that we love our kid(s), and forget to tell them often.


Don runs Kiwi Dads, a Facebook group designed to help dads in their role as parents. It aims to provide inspiration, encouragement, information, promotion of events and activities, some fun and humour, as well as some personal reflections. 

As a Community Development Worker, Don is available to meet with dads to simply chat, support, and encourage them in their role as a dad. He’ll even shout a coffee. He’s not a professionally trained social worker, counsellor, or therapist, but what he does bring is a listening ear and a few years of experience as a parent to understand the challenges and offer any advice that may help.

If you’re a dad and would like to meet Don for a chat, contact him at 027 956 9202 or community@nht.org.nz

OSCAR is back!

Mairehau OSCAR

The before and after school OSCAR programme is back in full swing! Everyone was very excited to reunite after the Covid-19 lockdown.

“The kids were missing being here and are very glad to be back with their friends, and having fun,” says Chelsea, who works at the OSCAR programme. “The kids were so happy to see us the first day back. They got to the meeting point under the tree with big smiles on their faces, and couldn’t wait to tell us what they had been up to while under lockdown.”

Do you have children at Mairehau Primary School or St Francis of Assisi Catholic School, and would like to know more about the OSCAR before school, after school and holiday programmes? Find out more information here.

NHT volunteers continue to deliver Kai Boxes during level 3

Our wonderful team of Neighbourhood Trust volunteers have been delivering Kai Boxes to our Mairehau, St Albans and Shirley whanau since the beginning of Level 4 lockdown. Due to the overwhelming need in our community during this time, we will continue to deliver boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to as many households as we can.

We have received many lovely messages of thanks from our Kai Box recipients, including this one from a few weeks ago –

“I am writing this mail to convey our heart-felt thanks and gratitude for your generosity in providing a box full of fruits and veggies for my family. We received one box today and had received another one a couple of weeks back. This help has come at a very opportune moment and no words would be enough to express the value that we attribute to it.”

The NHT get referrals for Kai Boxes from our community, those involved in our programmes, and St Albans Baptist Church families. We have partnered with Te Puawaitanga, who are a kaupapa Maori NGO, to make this special service possible, and are also sponsored by Civil Defense.

You can order a Kai Box for someone you know, or for yourself, by emailing us at kai@nht.org.nz.

NHT Board delivers Kai Boxes

NHT Board delivers Kai Boxes to community

Last week our board members rolled up their sleeves and delivered Kai Boxes to some of the Neighbourhood Trust’s Mairehau and St Albans whanau.

“During the lockdown the NHT has been blessed with the ability to be able to supply food boxes to people in our area,” says Alan Bastin, NHT Board Member. “I have had the privilege of helping with the distribution of these Kai Boxes and it is great to be able to do something practical to bless people who we love working with. The enjoyment of giving something so needed to people, and the smiles we receive in return, has been one of my highlights from this unusual time.”

The NHT get referrals for Kai Boxes from our community, those involved in our programmes, and church families. We have partnered with Te Puawaitanga, who are a kaupapa Maori NGO, to make this special service possible.

You can order a Kai Box for someone you know, or for yourself, by emailing Murdo at kai@nht.org.nz.

OSCAR whanau keeps in touch by letter writing

Our OSCAR programme team really missed hanging out with their kids over the lockdown period. So they decided to continue communicating with the OSCAR families throughout this time via email, Facebook, texting and even hand written letters.

“We have been asking how they are, which has meant a lot to some of our families who are maybe single parent families, as this time can be quite stressful,” says Chelsea, who works at the OSCAR programme.

Chelsea, Amber and Roana spent some of their isolation time writing letters to the regular attendees of the before, after school and holiday programmes, and they were delighted to receive letters back from the children too.

“I have had feedback from some of the parents that the kids were over the moon to hear from us, as they miss us and being at the programme,” says Chelsea. “A few of the children have written back to us letting us know what they have been up to while in the lockdown. Some have been playing board games, some reading old comics, but a common occurrence being a lot of family bike rides!”

Thank you to our OSCAR team for continuing to care and support our community whanau, and overcoming communication challenges with creative solutions!

NHT Kai Box deliveries during lockdown

Neighbourhood Trust Kai Box

We have had lots of lovely thank you messages, including this one from last week –

“Good afternoon Neighbourhood Trust Management and Team,

I would love to thank you for the wonderful box of vegetables and fruit that was delivered to my whanau bubble this week.

Appreciate the generous donation and bless you all in the trust for your fantastic work in the St Albans Community.”

The NHT get referrals for kai boxes from our community, those involved in our programmes, and church families. We have partnered with Te Puawaitanga, who are a kaupapa Maori NGO, to make this special service possible.

You can order a kai box for someone you know, or for yourself, by emailing Murdo at kai@nht.org.nz.


Golden Connections Stay Connected During Lockdown

Golden Connections Coordinator

While a lot people have enjoyed spending more time with their families in their lockdown bubble, many people living alone, especially the elderly, have had to endure over a month of no, or limited, social contact.

We are proud of our Neighbourhood Trust Golden Connections team, led by Kim Strange, who have put a lot of time and effort into supporting our Golden members during this often lonely time.

Kim and her team of volunteers have been frequently phoning each of ‘the Goldens’ to have a chat, check up on them, and find out whether there are any needs that could be met by the Neighbourhood Trust.

“For a lot of our people, it just means so much that we would take the time to call and talk to them,” says Kim, “Some of our members don’t have family in Christchurch, or any family at all, so for those people we have been picking up and dropping off their groceries, or delivering a Neighbourhood Trust fresh produce Kai Box. One of our volunteers has even been taking one of our members to and from the hospital for appointments. The feedback we’ve had is that ‘it’s nice to know that people care about us, and that we’re not alone’.”

Thank you to our Golden Connections team and supporters for building friendships and shining the love of Jesus into the lives of some of our most vulnerable community members.

Also a big thank you to our SABC church whanau who have been donating to NHT – because of your generosity we’ve been able to bless many people with fresh fruit and vegetable parcels.

NHT Support North West Christchurch Community During Lockdown

What did level 4 lockdown look like for the Neighbourhood Trust?

We have been extra busy during the COVID-19 crisis! Because we have a foodbank we are considered an essential service, so we have been able to show our concern and care for our community during lockdown. We have delivered over 70 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to families and individuals in the community.

Our team has prioritised looking after our Golden Connections (seniors) first, as many are not allowed to leave their homes and some do not have families to bring them what they need. We have also partnered with the Kaupapa Maori health provider, Te Puawaitanga, to identify families in need and take food to them.

Our fantastic Golden Connections co-ordinator, Kim Strange, has been busy phoning our older folk and volunteers to set up a “keeping in touch” system which helps reduce the loneliness and isolation. Many of our Golden Connection whanau will have enjoyed receiving a hand written card in the mail from Roana.

We are very appreciative of the Sanderson whanau giving up their kitchen table so Ange can keep the finance and admin wheels of the Trust turning smoothly.

Don is keeping in touch with his Kiwi Dads mostly by text, and we have taken them some kai as well.

Don has also been doing his TASTE – Together-Apart Story Time Event series on Facebook, which is fun and always has a nice message.

A big thankyou to our NHT team, awesome staff and volunteers serving, even when we are locked down.