Anglican Action stands for Justice Through Service.
Anglican Action unites Faith and Te Tiriti in a Mission committed to flax roots support and challenge from the margins of an unequal society in order to liberate and empower.
Anglican Action celebrates the spirituality of life and believes that everyone, known or stranger, of this land or another, is considered to be our neighbour.
All of creation is sacred and of equal and infinite value with a soul worthy of care and respect.
To this end, Anglican Action commits itself to the pursuit of justice through service within and beyond the borders of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We will advocate and stand in solidarity with all of creation being denied justice.
We offer hope.
Volunteers from the Anglican Cathedral of St Peter began working with men on the street, many of whom had not long been released from prison and many had significant issues with addictions. To support these men and others who were navigating the mental health system, Housing New Zealand provided a residence to deliver services from.
We changed from Anglican Social Services to Anglican Action, to name our commitment to taking action and seeing change in addition to simply providing support services. We then began Steps to Safety, a new programme working alongside sexual offenders in the community. Te Ara Hou was established with support from Hamilton City Council at the site of the former Chanel Park. This became a hub for a number of Christian social services in Kirikiriroa.
Working with the Department of Corrections we began providing Mens' Supported Accommodation from a number of flats in Kirikiriroa. During this time Te Ako Rangatahi began to support rangatahi in the justice system.
Our social enterprise, Ethos Cafe, Catering, and Conferences, opens to the public as both a revenue stream and to provide training opportunities for those in our services.
Our residential reintegration work expanded to include offering residential supported accommodation for women returning to the community after prison and for those who would otherwise be remanded in custody due to not having a safe address.
Tumu Whakarae | CEO & Missioner
Peter comes to the new role from his current position as General Manager at Mahi Mihinare. Peter joined the organisation in 2015 as a Key Worker moving to the Reintegration Team Lead role, and Operations Manager, before becoming General Manager in 2017. Peter brings a cross section of practice-level insights into his leadership.
Peter, who began his working life as a dairy farmer in Taranaki, brings recent experience within the Anglican Church. Peter was ordained priest in 1999 and served in Suva, Fiji, in Piopio Aria Mōkau Cooperating Parish, then served in the Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, as Ministry Educator and Director of Vocations.
Peter sees the work of Mahi Mihinare as an example of faith in action.
“When you seek the Divine in each person, when you view everyone you work alongside as having something to teach you, and when you see that their liberation is a determinant of yours, then you begin to see that being in this work actually challenges us all to become better people. That’s what keeps me coming to work everyday.”
Matua Pine Campbell
Kaumatua & Co-Leader
Rev Canon Pine Campbell is the Kaumatua for the Anglican Cathedral of St Peter. His background is as a teacher across all levels, from 1960 to 2004. Ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in 1997, he has served in the Hamilton Anglican Māori Pastorate for a number of years.
Anglican Action Mission Trust Board
Archbishop Philip Richardson
The Most Reverend Philip Richardson, Tikanga Pākehā Archbishop and Primate / Te Pīhopa Mātāmua, Senior Bishop for the seven tikanga Pākehā Dioceses, and Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki.
He has been a bishop since 1999 and since 2008, has been Bishop of the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki. in 2013 he became the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia/Te Hāhi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tīreni, ki Ngā Moutere o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.
Judge David Wilson QC practiced law in Hamilton from 1970 until 2003 when he was appointed a District Court Judge. His speciality at the Bar was criminal jury trials. Appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997, a foundation member of the New Zealand Bar Association, David Wilson is a former President of the Waikato Bay of Plenty District Law Society
Meleane is Managing Director of Dynamic Advisory Limited. Meleane is a Chartered Member of both the NZ Institute of Directors and Governance New Zealand. She is an Independent Director of Public Trust, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Hillcrest High School, a member of the Pacific Reference Group for the Ministry of Social Development, Trustee of Te Tamawai Trust and is also the founder of the Waikato Pacific Business Network.
Ngāti Hauā Representative
Moko currently works as a Kaihautuu at Te Kuratini O Waikato (WINTEC). Moko has experience in the social services and environmental sectors as a practitioner and understands those spaces very well. His passion is to support a nation that embraces and manifests Te Tiriti O Waitangi in a way that reflects partnership and equity in a meaningful way.
Jane is Clinical Manager of a Private Cath Lab service delivering cardiac and vascular procedures. She is on the Board of Intervention Nurses Council for New Zealand and Australia. She is a Warden at St Stephen's Church Tamahere and is the organiser for the Tamahere Country Market. Jane has been on the Board of Anglican Action for over 10 years and brings knowledge of risk assessment, personnel and process management, and a strong affiliation for the justice through service commitment of Anglican Action.
Pou Whakahaere | Finance and Projects
Pou Whakahaere | General Manager