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Soul Food

Food for thought and soul including observations and reflective opinion pieces on current issues.

The peace of Christmas

12 Dec | 2014

One hundred years ago, on 24 December 1914, the Great War had already claimed a million lives. But on that Christmas Eve, gunfire fell silent on both sides of the trenches.

A lot like Christ

5 Dec | 2014

The closest thing I’ve ever had to a ‘calling’ in my life was when, as a fledgling journalist, I realised I didn’t believe in a lot of what I wrote.

Lesley and Sophie Elliot

Loves Me Not

21 Nov | 2014

In 2008, Lesley Elliott lived every parent’s nightmare when her daughter, Sophie, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. This year, Lesley won the Women of Influence Awards, for her campaign to educate young people about the signs of partner abuse.

a Say no to violence campaign T shirt

Saying no to violence

20 Nov | 2014

Every person who doesn’t resort to violence in their home is making a difference to the future of people’s lives. Every person who encourages someone to seek help is making a difference

 a man sitting by a window

Coming home to God

4 Nov | 2014

Spiritual retreats can be defining moments in our spiritual journey says Heather Rodwell.

Author Rob Harley on his Harley Davidson motorbike

Heaven, Hell and Harley Davidsons

4 Nov | 2014

Big, bad motorbikes have become a metaphor for Rob’s evolving spiritual journey, reflected in his latest series, The Survivors Guide to Hell, Part Two.

a crazy fisherman

Renewed hope

4 Nov | 2014

Brenton Millar on why renewed hope is a powerful thing.

Captain Joe Serevi & Pat

Being the change

23 Oct | 2014

‘We want to give our kids a better life than we had,’ explains Pat,a gang leader who is running a programme for ‘the hardest to reach’ with support from The Salvation Army.

International Day of the Girl Child

8 Oct | 2014

The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated this year on October 11. Shakti, a refuge for ethnic women in New Zealand, is promoting the day to highlight the veiled childhoods of some of our girls.