FTB is spreading the message that Christmas should be about giving your time and your words to people, not just pricey gifts.
FTB was originally developed in Whangarei in 2005 by groups who champion whanau and community: Manaia Health PHO, 155 Community House, Nga Manga Puriri and the Northland Urban Rural Mission. It’s now a national campaign with regular Facebook updates of DIY gift ideas and activities leading up to Christmas.
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Forgetting the Bling is something with which Te Puke’s Colleen Pye is very adept. For many years she enjoyed hosting fun-filled family Christmases after her elderly parents moved in with her.
Gareth Edwards is glad to be living out of the big city, especially at Christmas time.