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CBANEWS investing in the next generation

How do we communicate the essentials of the Christian faith to as many as possible who’ve never understood? How can we most effectively be the kind of ‘salt’ that Jesus spoke of, in NZ’s media? These are the questions that drive us… and which motivated us to establish three annual scholarships… CBA recently awarded scholarships to three exceptional young Christians to help further their studies in media and launch their careers. Luke Chivers, Charlotte McConnell and Cameron Taylor stood out from among 36 very impressive applicants.

“CBA has helped me in ways that I never expected. The financial support of the scholarship was a big help; but beyond that, this connected me to a unique and important family.” Jordan Brannigan, 2010 winner “The greatest part about winning was knowing that I had a fantastic network of people who supported me practically and spiritually… [and it] showed me how valuable my Christian faith is in the work that I do.” Emily McLean, 2009 winner

“CBA’s support for me has been invaluable. I don’t know how I would have made it without you all! Particularly [helping to] nut out the way that my faith impacts my profession.” Narelle Suisted, 2009 winner

“It’s really encouraging to see the number of passionate, high-achieving, deeply committed young Christ-followers with a clear vision to impact our world for good through mainstream media,” said CBA’s Phil Guyan. “These scholarships enable us to identify and foster future talent, and are just the beginning of really fruitful and mutually beneficial relationships. We’ve already seen several past recipients go on to influential media roles, and we’ve been able to draw on their talents to help create and present CBA programmes.” This year’s winners and applicants have been invited to join ‘Salt’, CBA’s network of Christians working in mainstream media. ‘Salt’ was established to support and mentor influential young Christian media-professionals… encouraging and equipping them to be ‘salt and light’ in the media industry. CBA’s Broadcasting Scholarships, our Salt network, and our programming opportunities work together to achieve our mission to communicate the essentials of the Christian faith to those who have never understood. Your generous financial support is a savvy and strategic investment in the future of NZ’s media, and in CBA’s capacity to nudge listeners towards faith in God. Charlotte McConnell is studying TV, radio and journalism as part of her Bachelor of Communications at AUT. She was a head prefect, excels in performing arts, classical singing and public speaking and has aspirations to become a children’s TV presenter.

Luke Chivers is doing conjoint Business and Communications degrees at AUT. He was head boy, runs marathons and is keen to integrate his love of business and media by becoming a financial journalist.

Phone: +64 9 525 2730



Cameron Taylor is completing his Bachelor of Broadcasting at the NZ Broadcasting School in Christchurch. He wants to be a political reporter and has already attained a first class honours degree in history and political studies from the University of Otago.


“Blown away” THANK YOU to all who prayed on Media Prayer Day, including more than 1000 churches from every Christian denomination. We can’t think of a single event that has a greater participation rate of NZ churches, or wider denominational support. We were delighted with the diverse, creative and thoughtful ways in which churches engaged. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14 NIV) The idea of ‘dart prayers’ seemed to strike a chord with many people. We received heaps of feedback, such as these: “We all made darts, wrote prayers on them, threw them and took home one that landed close by to pray that prayer all week.” – BJ “I am blown away by the concept of “Dart Prayers”. No rehearsals, no repetition. No long-winded stuff. I pray for all [the presenters] to be inspired and encouraged and blessed…” – SR

programming NEWS CBA produced a CD of 22 tracks for Fathers’ Day and sent it to 180 announcers, producers and station managers throughout New Zealand. We also made several Olympic Games vignettes, which were widely broadcast. Some feedback: “You ROCK! Mate, they are fantastic!” – MoreFM “Thanks for the Olympic cuts. So topical and up to date!” – Classic Hits “You’re the best… We love this stuff. It brings great community content to the show.” – Mai FM

To listen, visit and click on ‘Specials’. After more than 3850 programmes over 16 years, Scrubcutter is still going strong. New writers and presenters have kept the programme fresh. We recently ran a workshop to hone our skills and improve the product. Check out John’s recent guests include Sir Peter Leitch, Leana de Bruin, Chris Sisarich, the Rt Hon Helen Clark and Rob Harley. Coming up: Susan Wood, John Hawkesby and Sir Ralph Norris. The show rates strongly and provides a brilliant platform to delve sensitively in to the big questions of life… including prayer and faith in God. Thanks to NZ On Air for helping to fund Real Life and Scrubcutter.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD OPENS DOORS CBA recently won a finalist award at the New York Festivals radio awards for ‘Christmas Morning’ on NewstalkZB hosted by Ian Grant. Huge thanks and congratulations to Ian for his ‘world class’ achievement, along with the many talented individuals who helped make it Phil Guyan at the New York radio awards happen. This accolade boosts CBA’s credibility among mainstream broadcasters and will open doors to more opportunities, locally and globally.

BE PART OF THE ANSWER A survey* of people working in media revealed that the vast majority felt a ‘strong conviction’ to present their own personal values. That’s ‘evangelism’. Gone is the myth of impartial journalism… we now live in the age of the opinion column. The mass media have become the colosseum where the battle for people’s minds and hearts is fought. We mustn’t simply withdraw. With the explosion of social media, channel choices and media market fragmentation, we have more opportunities than ever to engage audiences with the Christian message. Please give as generously as you can to help CBA be part of the media mix… to be salt and light… offering hope, comfort and truth amidst the clamour. *Quoted by David Barton of Wallbuilders • To donate online, use our a/c 12 3110 0014706 00 Please include your donor # in the reference. • Or visit to donate online by credit card. • Or phone 0900 80 222 to make a $20 gift.

To donate, please use your personalised response coupon, or send your gift to Freepost Number 69602, CBA, PO Box 100, Shortland St, Auckland 1140 or phone 0900 80 222 to make a gift of $20 charged to your phone account. CBA’s bank account number is: 12 3110 0014706 00 - THANK YOU.

CBA NEWS Spring 2012  

Helping young Christians further their studies in media nad launch their careers.

CBA NEWS Spring 2012  

Helping young Christians further their studies in media nad launch their careers.