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 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!

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.

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.

Neighbourhood Trust Kai Boxes featured on Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger map

Community Food Organisation Map New Zealand

The Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective is made up of a group of social service organisations who are working together to eliminate food insecurity in Aotearoa New Zealand, including:

In November 2019 they formed a partnership with the Ministry for Social Development, advising on food insecurity for the community food distribution sector.

They are currently connected to around 200 food banks and community food organisations across the country – including the Neighbourhood Trust Kai Box initiative.

The Collective has just launched an interactive map to help find community food organisations around New Zealand. Check it out here. See if you can spot Neighbourhood Trust!

Need some kai?


The Neighbourhood Trust foodbank is constantly being replenished thanks to our wonderful donors and sponsors.

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown, and is in need of some extra food, please email to request a Kai Box. We have grocery staples available, along with weekly deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Feijoa jam donated for Kai Boxes

Kai Box feijoa jam doantion

Thank you to our lovely volunteer, Robyn Holland, who donated 25 jars of delicious homemade feijoa jam, plus extra fresh feijoas, for our Kai Boxes over the last few weeks.

They were a very kind gift for our St Albans and Mairehau whanau to receive during these difficult times.

“We had a huge crop of feijoas and I wanted to do something practical with them,” says Robyn. “It was fun making the jam and decorating the jars. I was pleased to make good use of the feijoas!”

If you would like to donate some food items for our Kai Boxes, or receive a Kai Box, please email

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

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

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