For more information about anything on this webpage contact:
Damian Ardell, Community Worker
Ph 027 35 333 23, email:

Exciting New Community Activities in Northcote-Redwood

In addition to all our other great programmes (see further down this webpage) we have these new community activities on Wednesdays at a different location:

We’re a local Christian organization committed to partnering with communities, children and adults. Together we work to support people to become strong contributing members of caring communities.

He ruruku kia whakamahiri i a tātou, tamariki mai, pakeke mai, e tū pakari ai hei hunga whai whakaaro i ngā hapori manaaki.

We do this through:

  • Scheduled groups and activities.
  • Practical, social and emotional support for individuals and families/whānau.
  • Food bank deliveries with 0800 Hungry.
  • Collaborative community development and community events.
  • Some of the programmes listed on this page are shown in this brief video.  So check it out:

Mainly Music

Denice van Beurten and her team provide a fun, interactive music session where a child and their parent or care giver can enjoy music, movement, interaction, and more.

We meet every Tuesday during school terms at 10am for a 40 minute interactive music session, followed by morning tea (and playtime for children). We cater for all ages up until a child starts school, and beyond this time for parents who wish to return for social occasions.

Currently visitors are encouraged to come along 3 times before making a commitment of going on our roll.

Creative Sewing

  • Sewing & Patchwork Quilting.
  • Fun, food and friendship.
  • Sewing machines and some materials available.
  • Free tuition for beginners to advanced.
  • Morning tea.
  • Cost $4.00 per session.
  • Wednesday morning 9:30am to 12 noon (school terms only).
  • Location: 144 Sawyers Arms Rd

Creative Sewing

Friendship Friday Community Lunch

      • Fantastic food.
      • Entertainment, fun & socialising.
      • Helpful information.
      • Monthly (usually but not always on the third Friday) from 12 noon.
      • Please phone a few days before to let us know you’re coming.
      • Cost $5.00
      • Free transport is available for those living in the area if required.
      • Location: 144 Sawyers Arms Rd

Card & Board Games


      • Held fortnightly on Thursdays.
      • Location: 144 Sawyers Arms Rd
      • Players are asked to be seated by 1:15pm.
      • A friendly fun filled afternoon.
      • No partner required.
      • Afternoon tea provided.
      • Cost $3.00 per session.

Social English

  • A friendly group programme for people learning English as a second language.
  • Join us for English speaking and listening study on practical everyday topics such as giving and receiving invitations, making appointments, returning goods and much more.
  • Coffee and conversation.
  • Fridays 10-11.30 am during term-time.
  • Location: 144 Sawyers Arms Rd
  • $2/week.
  • Morning tea provided.
  • Children welcome – toys available.
  • We’d love to have you join us!
  • If you would like to come please contact Beth ph. 021 0869 4368 or Damian  ph.  027 35 333 23  email:

Other Community Support Available

Do you need some practical support, someone to walk
beside you in tough times, a listening ear, or some advice?
We might be able to help you.

Do you have some exciting ideas on what you’d like to see
happening in your community? We might be able to work
with you on that too.

Do contact us at Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust we’d love
to hear from you!

Community Worker – Damian Ardell

Damian Ardell

Damian is dedicated to growing caring communities, empowering people who find life challenging, deep balanced learning and listening to people and intellectual ideas, and most importantly following Jesus.  Previously he’s been a Chaplain with people with disabilities, an Associate Pastor, a High School Teacher and a Support Worker for a disability organisation. Damian’s qualifications include a B.A. (Hons), a B.Min, and a Grad.Dip.Tch.Ln.

Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust is part of the Northwest Collective – nine local organisations from Belfast, Shirley, Papanui and Bishopdale who are committed to strengthening our communities through partnership.

It’s thanks to our funders that we can continue our work with the community.  Our gratitude to the Christchurch City Council Papanui-Innes and Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Boards, Rata Foundation, COGS, the NZ Lottery Grants Board and the Maurice Carter Charitable Trust.