Our work is for a fairer Canterbury where vulnerable people are protected.

Prison Reform

HOWARD LEAGUE

We help to govern and lead the Howard League for Justice and Prison reform. The Howard League are long-time prison advocates committed to a restorative criminal justice system where everyone’s humanity and human rights are protected. For more, visit howardleague.org.nz.

PARS

We help 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.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PANEL

We are setting up a scheme for people to mentor other people who have committed low-level criminal offences. If you would like to give 4 1-hour mentoring slots to help someone steer their life in a more positive direction, contact us.

Healthy Rental Housing

TENANCY LAW CLINIC

We teach and work with University of Canterbury law students to improve healthy housing and other tenancy laws. This has involved weekly classes, innovating new projects and running a competition to find the worst flats at university.

PAPER WALLS

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.

Other Work

SCHOOLS COMPETITION

Each year, school students and youth groups across the country compete in our School Civics Competition. Our last competition in 2016 was focused on climate change, and asked students to create an artwork that illustrated how climate change connects with – and impacts on – a New Zealand government agency of their choice.  See the competition on Facebook.

PETITIONS AND SUBMISSIONS

From time to time a select committee calls for submissions on an issue we are concerned about. We have experience about how to submit to local and central government and what makes a good submission. Feel free to contact us to discuss a submission, or to find out more about how to have your voice heard.

SPEAKING AND WORKSHOPS

We run change-making workshops and consultations for a wide range of organisations: from established NGOs like Tear Fund and Plunket 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.

THE LIVING WAGE MOVEMENT

We are key supporters and leaders 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.

SLAVE-FREE SEAS

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.