Johnstone (then Christine Adams) was the first News Collator and Editor for the Accordions
Worldwide Weekly News published in eight languages. She held this
important job from 1996 to November 2003.
In 2004, Christine was awarded the Merit Award of the Conferederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes for her contribution to communications
between accordionists worldwide.
Christine Johnstone has been playing the accordion for over 45 years and has been teaching since she was 16 years old. She first gained experience as an orchestra player in the "Southern Cross Accordion Orchestra" conducted by George Hyde. Later, she studied with Fay Schaw and was a foundation member of the "Major Accordion Musicale" Orchestra.
During this time Christine had a number of successes in national accordion competitions, winning the Junior Duet, the 13 years and under Championship Class and the New Zealand Open Free Bass Championship.
Christine has also performed concerts in China and in Australia as a member of the North Shore Musicale Orchestra.
She currently is the Conductor of the North Shore Music Makers Orchestra who have won the New Zealand Intermediate Accordion Orchestra Championships and the Junior Accordion Orchestra Championships numerous times. Christine also conducted the 2012 New Zealand
Accordion Association Youth Orchestra who entertained in Auckland and Christchurch.
Her three adult children have followed their mother's footsteps playing the accordion and enjoying competition successes. Renee is a member of the newly formed Auckland Accordion Symphonetta, Shane is a past member of the North Shore Accordion Orchestra and Mark (the eldest) is a past member of the North Shore Accordiana Orchestra.
Three of Christine's grandchildren also play the accordion. Two grandsons are members of the Music Makers and her 13 year old granddaughter is a current member of the AAS.