Our work is for a fairer Canterbury where vulnerable people are protected.
We are involved in prison reform and justice in a number of ways. Firstly as key partners with the Howard League – PIS and literacy, and Pathway Trust. We also have advocate directly, working with Canterbury Corrections on a case by case basis. We are also campaigning to depoliticise the crime and punishment debate to remove the unhealthy influence of penal populism. For more on any of this work, or to volunteer to teach literacy or numeracy in prison please contact us.
University of Canterbury
We work with the University of Canterbury in a number of ways, but in particular helping to teach courses related to civic engagement and social change.
We are passionate about helping local communities to speak and advocate for their own needs. Click here for independently conducted research into the capacity building and empowerment value of our last community organising campaign. This is the sort of project we would like to see parishes and community groups take on, and we would love to help.
SPEAKING AND WORKSHOPS
We run change-making workshops and consultations for a wide range of organisations: from established NGOs through to schools and youth groups. We love teaching, so please contact us if your group wants to learn about social change. Find out more.
In 2011 we were involved in the governments Financial Summit. One of the outcomes of that summit were a new set of practices designed to protect borrowers from loan-sharks and predatory third-tier lenders. After a number of disturbing reports Anglican Advocacy is running a campaign to test compliance.
THE LIVING WAGE MOVEMENT
We are key supporters of the Living Wage movement in Christchurch. The Living Wage movement believes that workers should be paid according to what it costs people to live.
SCHOOLS CIVICS COMPETITION
Each year, school students and youth groups across the country compete in our competition around some social issue. There is a chance for students to research, reflect, take a stand, and feed back to MPs the conclusions they come to on subject for the year. Each year resources are included to fit in with the NZ curriculum. Although past competitions are not still active the material is still useful. Find it on our resources page.
There are a few past campaigns we still keep an active interest in.
We have produced New Zealand’s leading research on healthy rental housing standards and continue to advocate for the recommendations made at the end of the report. To know more, visit paperwalls.org.
In 2013 we met (literally) boatloads of Indonesian fisherman who had been abused and underpaid while fishing in New Zealand waters. Since then, we’ve worked to change New Zealand law to protect everyone working in our waters. Read more about our success on this issue here.
We helped to govern and lead Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Services (PARS), who have been doing great work with prisoners in Canterbury and around New Zealand for years. To read more, visit prisonersaidnz.org.nz.