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 smoldering 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 don’t believe New Zealand’s deep-seated social problems can be solved through the criminal justice system or mass imprisonment.   Rather, we work to encourage volunteers throughout the country to work restoratively to love and support, in simple practical ways, some of the most isolated and abandoned in our communities.  We believe integration and connection, not exclusion, are the first steps to rebuilding safe and crime-free communities.

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

  • Prisoners, both in prison and in their return to the community.
  • The children of prisoners and those who care for them.
Angel Tree

Providing unconditional loving support to children who have or have had a parent in prison, and those who are charged with caring for them, through volunteers. 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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