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Did You Know?

The Salvation Army’s heritage is one of innovation and dedication in sharing the love of God with people through word and deed.  That’s well known around the world, but there might be a lot you don’t know about us. Here’s a few fascinating facts …

THQ Headquarters

26 Feb | 2009

The Territorial Headquarters building in Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand opened in 1926.

Civil Unrest in Tonga

19 Feb | 2009

At the height of the rioting in 2006, a uniform-wearing Salvationist turned an angry mob away from a Chinese immigrant and his shop.

Albert and Sarah Burfoot

25 Dec | 2008

Albert and Sarah Burfoot played a significant pioneering role around New Zealand, including the first open-air meeting.

Why 'The Salvation Army'?

18 Dec | 2008

The Salvation Army was 'The Christian Mission' for nine years of its early ministry, until William Booth changed the name.

The Bridge Programme

12 Dec | 2008

The Bridge Programme, for individuals with alcohol and drug addiction, began in 1959.

Tangiwai Memorial

Tangiwai Train Disaster

4 Dec | 2008

Dedicated Salvation Army personnel worked through the night comforting survivors and families affected by the Tangiwai train disaster in 1953.

George Arthur Pollard

27 Nov | 2008

George Arthur Pollard was one of the first officers sent to New Zealand by William Booth.

The 'Cycling Major'

20 Nov | 2008

Major Elsie Ward was a well-loved retired Salvation Army Officer in Levin, known to many as the 'Cycling Major'

Alexander Matthews

13 Nov | 2008

Alexander Matthews left a well-paid position to become the first officer commissioned in New Zealand in 1883.