Who are we?
Anglican Missions represents the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia. We work to enable the three tikanga (Māori, Pākehā, Pasifika) church to pursue and share in overseas mission activities. This includes funding and enabling partner churches and mission agencies to send people out; supporting aid and development projects and coordinating appeals for emergencies (primarily in our neighborhood the Pacific); and acting as a GLOBAL MISSIONS AGENCY on behalf of Anglicans.
From 2020, our new Strategy, Te Ara Hou (“a fresh wind, a new breath”) directs what we do and where and takes the form of three interwoven streams with the first being that Anglican Missions is a catalyst for mission where we raise and allocate funding according to the Five Marks of Mission. Secondly we are a coordinator for mission where we collaborate with our partners to ensure a joined-up approach to our mission actions. Thirdly, we are a champion for mission through telling good stories.
The office of the Anglican Missions Board is in Wellington at Anglican House and operates on an annual budget of NZ $2 million. The entire budget is donated by parishes and individuals.
See our 2021 powerpoint for an overview of our work and some current activities. We are happy for you to use this at any of your missions presentations/events to illustrate the work of Anglican Missions.
Photo: Celebrating 100 years – Anglican Missions Board members, staff and guests gather outside the office at Anglican House, November 2019
Who do we work with?
Anglican Missions partners and networks with a range of churches and organisations.
With funds raised for missions we support churches and projects through the Diocese of Polynesia, the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East and in some years the Church of Pakistan.
Projects supported by Anglican Missions vary each year.
A significant grant is also given annually to the New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS).
Our networks are growing, and in Oct 2020 we joined the Council for International Development (CID), which is the umbrella agency for New Zealand NGO’s working in overseas aid and development. In joining, we are more easily able to partner with other agencies - including a number of church and faith-based agencies.
Where does our support come from?
Income comes from parishes, rohe and individuals in all three Tikanga. Targeted mission money is collected in a number of ways to suit different parish or rohe situations. Each year, at the various Diocesan Synods and Hui Amorangi, mission targets are set for the coming year. The Association of Anglican Women (AAW) also provide generous fundraising to various projects overseas.
Funding either goes into the general fund which finances the overall work of Anglican Missions, or to specified projects. The allocation of funding for overseas endeavours is determined by the Anglican Missions Board at its annual budget meeting.
Significant funding is also provided for specific purposes by the Henry & William Williams Memorial Trust Board, and through our partner organisations such as Tearfund and Anglican Overseas Aid.
Funds are also raised through appeals. We hold an annual Lenten Appeal; and then at times we respond to emergency situations with a special appeal as the need arises, such as tropical cyclones and other unexpected events.