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Soul Food

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

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.

Sir John Kirwan

Tackling the Blues

6 Oct | 2014

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan has become the face of depression in New Zealand. He talks to Robin Raymond about tackling his own illness and his mission to help others through a message of hope.