Instead, he sat down with more than 700 others and tucked into a "beautiful" charity lunch.Read more
Gayle Hooper was "sleeping in church doorways" before she found the shelter of the Christchurch City Mission.
Hooper, who found herself homeless in July, spoke at the opening of a new women's night shelter in Christchurch on Friday. She now has a home of her own that she shares with her cat, Douglas.
"I don't know where I would be today without the staff at the shelter," she said.Read more