That’s the Spirit by Trevor Plumbly

  Tis the season It’s that time again, according to our religious leaders, and of course shopkeepers, a time of celebration and giving. Due to family circumstances I’ve never really been a Christmas person. Children naturally parade their possessions like a thermometer of their parents regard especially at this time, and it’s equally natural for those at the bottom of the social scale to feel envy and resentful. Looking back I certainly did. I don’t dwell on those early years to any great effect but they do cause me to reflect on… Read More

Christmas at the City Mission by Angela Caldin

Auckland City Mission on National News             Who would have believed it possible? Who would have thought the Auckland City Mission would make the top item on the national news on Friday? It’s a sad fact that the reason it achieved this dubious honour was the long lines of hundreds of people queuing up outside to get food parcels and presents for their children from the Mission. People queued from early morning to late afternoon to be assessed in order to get basic food items and donated presents suitable for each child’s age… Read More