Connecting Our Stories Archive


Finding a purpose through serving others

There was a time when Brent Christensen wouldn’t leave the house. When he wouldn’t speak to anyone. When he didn’t have any friends. That’s all changed now. Emile Donovan reports. Fourteen years ago Brent walked through the doors of the Delta Community Support Trust – a Christchurch community

Aranui Eagles coach keeps players on the right path

Talented rugby league player Longe Faalilo is helping keep young Aranui kids off the street. Joseph Chamberlain reports. Rugby league coach Longe Faalilo’s philosophy of hard work and determination has helped his Aranui Eagles Club team snatch the under-14 championship this season. The win is the club’s

Juliet Adams: an activist and ‘facilitator of information’

In 2011 she lost her job and suffered a stroke, but instead of stopping her it set in motion a chain of events that made Juliet Adams want to make the world a better place, one book at a time. Oliver Lewis reports. Fingers extending, Juliet Adams

New Brighton’s golden oldies

Monday afternoon is movie time for New Brighton’s golden oldies. Ashleigh Monk reports. Every Monday afternoon Quintin Sumner sets up chairs in neat rows, boils the jug for tea and awaits the crowd that comes for the  “Golden Oldie Movie Day”, hosted by the New Brighton Historical

Al Park on jamming and having a good time

Music man Al Park is more than happy to mentor up-and-coming musicians in his community. Eliza Ballantyne talks to the man who lends a helping hand to the talent pool in Lyttelton. You may know him from his Christchurch band, Louie and the Hotsticks. But Al Park

Tom Davies: Mr ‘Mt Pleasant’

For the residents of Mt Pleasant, community spirit and resilience have been imperative post-quake. One man helped bring the community together, when the only people locals could turn to were their neighbours. Monique Steele reports. With supermarkets closed and the suburb of Mt Pleasant in turmoil after

Club 304: a social hub for the elderly

Mia Van Der Krogt was struggling to cope as full-time carer for her husband of 53 years. Then  Club 304 offered a helping hand. Her husband, Gerard, 77, had suffered a debilitating stroke. At 74, she was trying to look after him while also trying to fit

Mapping the damage

Ben Mack  spends an afternoon with Tony Aldridge to report on how one man’s data is helping to shape the rebirth of Christchurch’s hillside suburb of Mt Pleasant. The sea breeze is strong as Tony Aldridge walks the ever-so-steep streets of Mt Pleasant. “A nickname for Mt Pleasant is Mt Plywood,”

Volunteer boosts Brighton connections

Jane Harrison has found her niche boosting community involvement in South Brighton. Jennifer Eder finds out how she does it. W
here South Brighton was once stripped of events and community connections, one woman has found her calling. Jane Harrison has excelled in pulling people together with mutual interests.

New Brighton’s future at heart

New Brighton businessman Paul Zaanen is doing all he can to build a better, brighter future for his seaside suburb. He talks to Ollie Ritchie about trusting the community to come up with its own solutions.