Christmas Day fight

Water fights are serious business- more so on Christmas Day when its you versus your son and many nieces and nephews…and a dog.



I fought to the end but the odds were overwhelming….




Takk Norway!

Some of the few good things about Youtube (apart from hilarious cat related videos) is stumbling across new music from talented artists you’ve never heard of.

This year I’ve discovered some great music courteousy of Norway. First Astrid Smeplass, then Aurora Aksnes and now Sigrid Solbakk Raabe.

So here for your viewing pleasure is two snippets of Sigrid’s work. First is ‘Strangers‘ which i guarantee will be your summer/winter jam (depending on what hemisphere you’re in) and secondly is the haunting ‘Dynamite‘ from the  2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

A year on

A year ago today at two minutes after midnight a 7.8M earthquake struck the Kaikourua region. Ruptures occurred on multiple fault lines in a complex sequence that lasted for about two minutes. Two people lost their lives and there was over $900 million of damage around the country.

On Dec 15 i flew into Kaikoura as part of a rotation of 4 person teams sent by the Salvation Army emergency services. I wrote about my time down south helping here.

Since then i have thought of Kaikoura often; the town itself and the huge damage it suffered, but most of all i have thought about the people i met. I met some amazing people doing great work to help out and locals doing it really tough and not sure of what to do do next. Most of all, i met an amazing community of people with a hugely resilient spirit.

Today the new harbour was opened and in the next month SH1 will be reopened (you can see the amazing repair and reconstruction work being done in this great article).

Kaikoura is slowly coming to life again, but as they find their way back to something like normal, this little gem of a town continues to shine through the dark times.


Help please

Hi – if you’re NOT a Salvation Army officer or staff member, we’d love your help with a new Salvation Army website project. Click on the link and send us your email address if you’re interested and you’ll get a survey sent to you next Wednesday. Thanks!

(And for the inquiring minds, the reason we’re not needing help from officers or staff is we really want to see how people who don’t necessarily understand our structure/departments, etc, engage with Salvation Army information.)


Gromit in Wellington

Me-and-GromitIts been so good catching up with Andrew over the last few days while he has been here in Wellington. Hard to believe its been 8 years since i last saw him!!

Andrew has been speaking at the Tip of the Iceberg conference: Addressing exploitation and trafficking in people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The conference has been run by The Anglican Diocese of Wellington, the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Andrew is CEO of Unseen, a multi award-winning UK charity working towards a world without slavery. He was joined at the conference by Unseen’s Executive Director, Justine Currell and both of whom have been instrumental in the passing of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.