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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.

Committed to God's mission

1 Jul | 2015

150 years since its founding, The Salvation Army is still a mission movement, says Commissioner Robert Donaldson.

Neil and Gill Waugh

In God's lounge room

26 Jun | 2015

Neil and Gill Waugh received the grave news that Neil's cancer had spread. In the months before Neil passed away, the couple said they were living in God’s lounge room—enjoying his presence.

Khinayer McElwain and Keran Tsering

Rebuild Work Extends to Driver Mentoring

19 May | 2015

A Salvation Army course training people to work in the Canterbury rebuild has led to a programme mentoring young drivers.

Fifty Not Out

13 May | 2015

As her officer training session celebrates its 50-year anniversary, Major Judith Bennett shares memories of the innovative training experiences of the Defenders of the Faith cadets.

Salvation Army Institute at Featherston Military Camp in World War 1

Helping the troops at home

14 Apr | 2015

The immensely popular Salvation Army Institutes, set up in New Zealand Army camps during World War I, were places where soldiers could find both solace and a ‘gladsome song’.

Lower Hutt Family Store

Welcome to the Family Store

17 Mar | 2015

The Salvation Army runs 125 Family Stores across New Zealand, selling donated second-hand goods. They are among the most well-known and visible parts of the Army’s work.

Jo Wardle in a flying fox at Blue Mountain Adventure Centre

From strength to strength

16 Mar | 2015

Last year was the busiest year yet for The Salvation Army Blue Mountain Adventure Centre and this year the centre is marking 25 years since it opened.

Tau and Trish Mataki

New Māori Ministry Leaders

5 Feb | 2015

Meet Lieuts Tau and Trish Mataki, The Salvation Army’s new national Maori Leaders.

Robert Adams and family

Living the dream

26 Jan | 2015

Becoming a Salvation Army officer (minister) was a dream Robert Adams thought had gone, until God stepped in.