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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.
A tui on Rotoroa Island

Wild Summer

10 Jan | 2018

Rotoroa Island once brought healing through The Salvation Army’s addictions programme. Now, Rotoroa is bringing healing to our wildlife, through its island sanctuary. Open to visitors, Shar Davis whiled away a peaceful summer’s day among birdsong and pohutakawa.

Give hope to those most in need

3 Dec | 2017

This year it’s the turn of my wife and I to organise Christmas for the extended family. I enjoy it, but wow, it’s busy! There’s so much to decide, so much to do and organise.

Major (Dr) Harold Hill

A dangerous mind

6 Nov | 2017

Major (Dr) Harold Hill has been described as ‘a radical and a provoker’. His latest book challenges The Salvation Army to look back at our past in order to look forward, and rediscover our radical heart.

Megan Dangen

Welcome to the table

11 Sep | 2017

Megan Dangen was a contestant on the hit Australian show My Kitchen Rules, and today she is using her formidable cooking skills to feed up to a hundred people every week, as part of Royal Oak Community Ministries.

Love changes lives

19 Aug | 2017

Greece, a country already bursting at the seams and under huge financial constraints is home to thousands of refugees caught up in an international crisis. The Salvation Army is there, demonstrating love and changing lives.

Jill McKenzie

I am not alone

24 Jul | 2017

Two years ago I could not leave my house, let alone tell my story. But after a lifetime of abuse, alcoholism and deep despair, I have finally found peace.

Napier Salvationists in 1886 after release from prison for ‘parading the streets in their peculiar fashion’. The War Cry reported: ‘

How has The Salvation Army survived?

22 Jul | 2017

I’m fascinated how The Salvation Army has survived?’ The reporter’s question caught me a bit off guard, curious about how The Salvation Army remained relevant, when it seemed so out of step with society with ‘uniforms and ranks and things’.

The Porirua Community Ministries team

Opening the door to a better life

6 Jun | 2017

Ahead of this year’s Red Shield Appeal, Robin Raymond went behind the scenes at a busy Community Ministries centre to see how the Army helps fight poverty.

John Maeva

I was ready for change

12 Apr | 2017

A fortune teller once told John Maeva he would die at 51—and John says that’s what happened.