Life Together

‘He Waka eke Noa’ means ‘no-one is left out of the boat’.  There’s room for everyone.  More than that, it’s your presence that makes us whole.  You’re not just included, you’re welcome.

The bruised reed is a reference to Isiah 42.3.  “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.”  This is the core motif of our parent organisation Prison Fellowship International.  We understand God’s justice as restorative, as a healing river rather than retributive scales.  We celebrate the redemptive love, the restorative justice and the transforming power of Jesus as we work to re-connect, reconcile, restore and, simply, to love some of the least of the brothers and sister of Jesus.

There are two streams under the waka, symbolising our twin work both with:

  • Prisoners, both in prison and in their return to the community.
  • Prisoners, their children and families.
Angel Tree

Children of prisoners are seven times more likely to offend themselves. The Families Commission is currently shining the light on these children as some of the most vulnerable in New Zealand. Somebody has to step up and make a difference …
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Break Free

PFNZ seeks to provide support to prisoners on release though our network of community volunteers. Break Free is the arm of PFNZ that focuses on the support directly of the prisoner, whether that be through prison visiting, support of chaplaincy…
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