YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE MET GRACE BUCKNELL, BUT YOU HAVE PLAYED A BIG PART IN HER STORY.
“I genuinely wouldn’t be here without CBA’s supporters… It’s humbling to think there are people around New Zealand who are supporting the work of CBA and making it possible for me to share my faith with so many listeners.”
Grace (22) was raised in Waipukurau, in the Central Hawkes Bay, and Christian community has always been central to her life. Her connection with CBA began while studying journalism in Wellington, when she was awarded the 2016 CBA Scholarship.
“It was so validating to receive the award – especially seeing all the people who’d won the CBA Scholarship ahead of me and what they had gone on to do,” she says.
Part of the scholarship was an invitation to attend the Venn Summer Conference, a week of journeying through the arc of scripture while exploring how to ‘think deeply, serve wisely and live faithfully’. Grace went on to attend the half-year Venn Residential Fellowship, during which she did an internship at CBA. She impressed the team and was offered a full-time role as Creative Producer. For the past two years, Grace has been an integral part of CBA’s Easter and Christmas broadcasts and Love It Media programming.
“Over my time here, I’ve been equipped with the boldness to think big, even when it seems unattainable,” Grace says. “Time and time again, we’ve aimed ridiculously high… like asking the Prime Minister to record a rhyming verse for a Dr Seuss-style retelling of the Christmas story!
“I love the drive and tenacity that our team has to make the best possible programmes. We are not there to fill time on a talkback show. We are there to provoke deep thought, have meaningful conversations and to seize every opportunity to be light to people in New Zealand.”