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Our People, Our Stories

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

30 years in Tonga

29 Jun | 2016

Next weekend, The Salvation Army will celebrate 30 years of being in Tonga. Along with marking history, Regional Commander Captain Sila Siufanga says they will also be marking a new and exciting phase for the future of the Army in Tonga.

Eighty years of hotel ministry

20 Jun | 2016

Hotel ministry, visiting pubs, bars, cafés and hotels, is a part of Salvation Army history that is becoming less common in parts of the territory today.

Former Epsom Lodge manager Captain Doug Newman

A place to belong

17 Jun | 2016

For more than 100 years The Salvation Army has been helping homeless people in Auckland through the Epsom Lodge Supportive Accommodation Unit, giving thousands of people more than just a roof over their heads.

The price to play

6 May | 2016

Carla* sold all her furniture and then began stealing to ‘feed her kids’. Only her ‘kids’ were the pokie machines she had developed an addiction to, which she hated, but just could not break.

Jo Ghent

Really started living

5 May | 2016

When I first walked into The Salvation Army I was what you’d call a broken woman

Married at First Sight

30 Apr | 2016

As the controversial TV show Married at First Sight hits our screens, we look at a real life arranged marriage and ask, ‘who has got it right—them or us?’

The way back for Ken

24 Mar | 2016

Ken hit rock bottom as an alcoholic truck driver. But Jesus turned that around.

Dunedin E&E early childhood education graduates

Second chance for a bright future

22 Feb | 2016

A graduation and a school formal-style celebration in Dunedin at the end of last year encapsulates the work of E&E and the transformation it makes in people’s lives.

Oamaru's Kiwi hero

22 Feb | 2016

Helping people find a sense of belonging is at the heart of what Oamaru man Joseph Cropley does. It’s led him on a life of teaching and giving back, and to being called a ‘hero’ by the students whose lives he’s changed.