Stories JOIN THE CONVERSATION Be part of growing Aotearoa’s humanity Our Humanity Inspiration POPULAR TAGS All (940) Family (187) community (161) kindness (119) children (105) seniors (94) money (92) relationships (83) faith (83) mental health (74) loneliness (42) Alcohol and Drugs (40) Stress (32) THIS MONTH’S QUESTION When did you last experience kindness? Manuera | Kaitāia, Northland - "People in the Far North, we’re survivors. We’ve realised that we need each other. We do have our differences, but at the end of the day, we predominantly support each other, and it doesn’t matter what race or socio-economic background we come from, we’ll always work together for the betterment of our community." Jaqi | Ahipara, Northland - "We need to look at the person first, and then everything else. You never know what that seed of kindness will plant and manifest itself into the future. That’s what drives me, it’s where it all started, from me planting that seed of education." Pam | Kaitāia, Northland - "He used to say to me when he came to live with me, ‘do you love me Pam Fishler?’ And, he said it about 20 times a day, and then each day it got less and less, because he knew that I actually loved him. Durand | Queenstown, Otago - "One of my new closest friends, his name’s Matt, he hasn’t known me for long but he’s taken me into his house. He knows my history. But he can see something in me. Api | Kaitāia, Northland - "This whānau that’s been experiencing so much heartache in my opinion, they show up with a banoffee pie. We weren’t expecting it, but to me, it meant a lot, because even during the struggle they’re willing to go and help others." Corinne | Wānaka, Otago - "She’s just loving and kind and accepting, and she never judges me, and I think that’s the most important part. I never feel like I need to refrain from telling her something. Aaron | Glen Innes, Auckland - "I felt like I wasn’t the only one. I experienced that not only family but the community around us shows a lot of support and love to those who they don’t really know." Daniel | Masterton, Wairarapa - "I’m a great believer in karma, and it exists world-wide. It is, to my belief, the only religion that you really need to follow. The idea that you can do something good for somebody and that it will re-return to you." Dave | Kaitāia, Northland - "If you’re kind to other people, you tend to appreciate the things that you have more. The more acts of kindness you can perform for other people, the more outward looking you are, towards how is that person, how is my family, how is my colleague at work? Misi | Kaitāia, Northland - "We didn’t have to worry about what was for dinner, and that sense of kindness came through that, when we had our twin boys. That was over 12 years ago now, but that was a real awesome sense of seeing the church in action, that kindness coming through."