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Community Contribution

2015 Christina Minamizawa selfie

2015 Christina Minamizawa selfie

It is in my genes to help people, we have generations of serving the community so it is only natural for me to do that.

Looking back to as far as I know my Grandmother’s Grandmother (my great great grandmother), they were people who had a farm that included a huge garden of flowers and vegetables which were shared around especially in the 1940’s when people who could not grow food were hungry.  Her mother looked after family and others who had come back from war.

My grandmother Netta is today in her 101st year is sprightly and very generous, she has been awarded with a community award and has contributed to her community’s development in many ways including community Hall, Library, School and numerous others committees.

My mother Joyce and father Bob are community spirited with father being a founding member of a Lion’s club plus helping out when needed.  My Mum is in her 80’s and still washing, irons and mends for the Hospice Shop (clothes donated to be sold to fund hospice).

My sister Margaret has been a Youth Worker for 20+ years, with youth at risk and now runs a Salvation Army Family Store that is the profit centre for the good works, also a training organisation in retail and café work.

My sister’s daughter Jenna (Niece) is a Youth Worker and has been working in this field as a Volunteer years before she became qualified.

Me, I first remembered contributing to a Community project at the age of 11 when we raised money for the school doing a dance-athon and a swim-athon.  When I was 20 with a friend we started the Maruia First Aid Committee, which gave supplies to the district nurse in our isolated area to attend accidents, as years have gone on, it was also the basis of local Fire Brigade.

Since then here has been my contribution to Community so it is very natural that I would create an idea that would support a massive inclusive Community such as gGOOODer.

In between these times of helping actual groups I have helped out on projects, gathered and given funds and also unwanted items no matter their status, race or creed.  Including 3 motorbikes to charities and needy.


Whakatu Nelson Club –  Member

Social Services – July 2014 – present (1 year 9 months)

Actively help community and fun raising projects –


RDA Malaysia (Riding for the Disabled) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Coach, Horse Trainer, Events

April 2009 – February 2012 (2 years 11 months) Social Services

Coached children with disabilities, trained 3 horses, announcer and helped run RDA events.


New Zealand Society of Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Committee, Secretary, Membership, Ball Coordinator

March 2002 – February 2006 (4 years) + March 1998 – March 2000 (2 years 1 month) Social Services

Support Group for New Zealanders living in Thailand. Welcome new members and help settle.  Membership Database. Coordinated our largest Ball with 720 guests, sold out annual event.


2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami – Bangkok + Phuket, Thailand – Volunteer

December 2004 – January 2005 (1 month) Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Volunteered with Tragedy in Bangkok Hospitals, Donation of Blood, Phuket International Crisis Center and surrounding areas including Khao Lak.


Hanoi Mindful Living – Hanoi, Vietnam – Compassionate Listening Facilitator, Event Coordinator

2006 – 2008 (2 years) Social Services

Firstly as a member and then facilitator of the Compassionate Listening group. Also organised 2 events (400-500 pax) as Thich Naht Hanh Buddhist Zen Master returned to Vietnam after 40+ years.


ANZWG Australian and New Zealand Women’s Group – Bangkok, Thailand – Club President

March 2003 – October 2003 (8 months) Social Services

Leadership and re-establishment of a group of 260 members whilst they navigated a new constitution.  Launched 2003 Bangkok Guide and spoke on TV promoting it.


Good Shepherd Sisters of Nong Khai, Isan, Thailaand – Isan + Bangkok, Thailand – Project Coordinator

May 1999 – April 2000 (1 year) – Poverty Alleviation

Developing alternatives to the sex industry and keeping traditional silk making alive with development of products, markets and store that funded education, training and services.


ANZWG Australian, New Zealand Women’s Group of Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand – Bangkok Guide Coordinator

December 1997 – December 1998 (1 year 1 month) Social Services

Published book with 60 volunteers that made USD$25k for Thai charities in 1998, Launch Party.


Buller District Council Sister City Representative to Amagase, Japan 

May 1997

Leader and Representative taking first High School Students to Japan for exchange visit.


Reefton Revival – Reefton, New Zealand – Member

January 1996 – September 1997 (1 year 9 months) Economic Empowerment

Reefton Historic Initiative to develop community and sustainability of mining town.



Buller District Council, Reefton, New Zealand – Elected Local Government Councillor

September 1995 – September 1997 (2 years 1 month), Reefton, Westport New Zealand – Local Government – some paid plus volunteer

Representative for Ratepayers of Inangahua Ward, Planning Committee Member, Organiser of a convention in NZ, Promotion of NZ in Canada, Sister City Representative in Japan, Community Board Member, Advocate for Heritage Protection and Initiatives.


Rotary Club of Reefton – Reefton, New Zealand – Youth Exchange Program + Local Youth Scholarship

July 1995 – May 1997 (1 year 11 months) Social Services

First women member to the club. Sponsorship at Mid-Year Fundraising Christmas Dinner. Committee for Group Study Exchange and Friendship billeting for visiting teams.


SWAP Students with a Purpose – Christchurch, New Zealand – Steering Committee

March 1993 – June 1995 (2 years 4 months) Education / Youth

Positive role modelling to disadvantaged youth from 12-18 years. Career opportunities.


Lifeline New Zealand – Nelson, New Zealand – Call Centre Person

1988 – 1988 (less than a year) Human Rights

Voice on phone for people in need, refer to other services and an ear to listen.


Maruia First Aid Committee – Maruia, New Zealand – Co Founder

March 1986 – March 1987 (1 year 1 month) Health

Developed and fund raised to support volunteer services in remote area, before rescue helicopter was an option.


Hanmer Springs Primary School – Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, New Zealand – Student

1977 As a primary student aged 11-12 years supported school fundraising events with a Swim-athon and a Dance-athon.

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