The Christchurch Aunties is inspired by the fabulous Aunties movement created in Auckland by Jackie Clark in 2012. After involvement with the Auckland network, Heather M thought it was needed here in Christchurch. Heather L and Sarah joined Heather M in 2017, and The Christchurch Aunties was born. Through kind social media messaging and a bit of shmoozing, we've got an amazing network of people of all genders and backgrounds contributing to the Christchurch Aunties. Our involvement with Christchurch Aunties is unpaid and voluntary, and we ensure it works in conjunction with our families, study, paid employment, and other volunteering.
Heather M is a photographer, Mum, coffee-aficionado, former ballet teacher, and a huge fan of penguins. After being in touch with Jackie Clark of the Refuge Aunties in Auckland, she introduced the idea of Christchurch Aunties to the city informally from 2013. She works for the Student Volunteer Army Foundation, is camera-obsessed, and documents social issues and our changing city. She is one of our Facebook communicators (signs off as ^HeatherM) and liaises with the women's refuges.
Heather L is a business development manager who soapboxes about social justice and environmental issues. She’s also a Yank who likes Halloween way more than is healthy. She’s worked in marketing, publication editing, disaster relief photography, anthropological research and animal welfare charity. Heather L is also on the board of Gapfiller, and also enjoys penguins… just not as much as Halloween.
Sarah B lives in the east of Christchurch with family and pets and is passionate about the regeneration of the eastern suburbs and the future of the Residential Red Zone. Sarah is involved with other NGOs and is a sitting member on their management boards. She feels honoured to be a foundation member of The Christchurch Aunties and is incredibly inspired by the wonderful work that the Refuges and others that support them are doing in their communities.