About Us

The Anglican Care Network Tikanga Pakeha
– Strategic Plan 2016 onwards

Purpose Statement:

The Anglican Care network of Aotearoa New Zealand is a network of social service agencies, parish based programmes and inter-church projects which seek to express the love of Christ through service Justice and equality.


Each diocese, via their own process, can appoint up to two representatives to the Anglican Care Network who are mandated to speak on behalf of their diocese and are actioned with reporting back to their diocese.
Additional participants are welcome to attend network gatherings as appropriate.
The House of Bishops will send a Bishop on their behalf.

Strategic Directions

Three components of the Anglican Care Network:
Lived experience and Advocacy
Bi Cultural partnership


To provide a regular (twice yearly) forum for members to share common concerns and ideas and identify issues
This is a significant part of the agenda for each meeting

Dioceses will be invited to identify in advance what the issues are for them
When calling for agenda items, members will be sent a list of reflection questions for them to consider to help focus for upcoming meeting – questions along with lines of
What is the important issue for your diocese
What is important issue for your organisation
What is important issue to you personally
What you want to take back from the meeting
Expert input /insight / wisdom on specific issues (identified beforehand) may be sought from outside the membership of the network.
Issues may also be identified from the House of Bishops, IDC or General Synod.

To uphold and encourage the work of each diocese.
At each meeting a written or oral report from each diocese will be received in order to gain insight from others and share ideas of what is working and what is not

Contract with Tindall Foundation to act as Funding Manager for Tindall Foundation funding to dioceses.
Application forms sent to Diocese reps
Applications received and collated by Diocese reps
applications and recommendations considered by ACN Exec
Accountabilities complied with

Social Service Sunday resources produced and distributed for use
Purpose is to raise awareness
Seen as a peg in the ground so something is done. Use it as a peg to look specifically at those things rather than forget them all the time.

To regularly communicate what is happening at grass roots level across the dioceses
To produce a regular communication from the ACN secretariat
the meeting members will decide on a summary of points/issues discussed at the meeting at the end of each meeting to send to: the Archbishop, each Bishop, each Diocesan secretary/administrator, and members who were not present in addition to reps reporting back.
Meeting Minutes to be sent to ACN members after each meeting
Newsletter to ACN Members, Diocesan Managers, Bishops, Taonga editor, General Synod officers, and on website. Copy to Tindall as a major funder of ACN. Articles to be fed into each Taonga issue
To regularly update the directory
Each Diocese website has information relating to social services offered within their diocese
Links to each Diocese website to be able to be accessed from the Anglican Care Network website

Issues to explore further:
Does the Network exist outside of the meeting time? If it does, then how does it?

Lived Experience and Advocacy

To be a flow of information and conversation with the House of Bishops
To receive a report from the House of Bishops via their representative.
To prepare a summary from the ACN Network meeting for the House of Bishops.

To be an active member of NZCCSS and recognise the role they play in collecting the data and stories of our sector and interpreting it
2 representatives from ACN to attend NZCCSS meetings.
Reps to take a summary to and from the NZCCSS meetings
At local level to actively feed NZCCSS our data and stories
to encourage connections from parishes with NZCCSS’s information and activities.

Recognising that justice and service belong together and flow in and out of each other
To encourage an ongoing partnership with justice and advocacy services in our dioceses and bring those stories into the ACN meetings.
Invite Social Justice reps to an ACN meeting
To seek out an active relationship with whatever is the entity for the social justice part of the three tikanga church

Issues to explore further:
Opportunity in the future to consider holding an ACN meeting that has equal membership of social service and social justice.

Bi Cultural Partnership

To initiate a conversation with our Tikanga Maori partner about social services and justice with the hope of fostering an ongoing life giving relationship.

To encourage each diocese to seek out conversations with Tikanga Maori in their own area, recognising that Te Manawa o te Wheke and Te Wai Pounamu may the best the starting

To check in on those conversations at each ACN meeting
To hold a hui with Tikanga Maori to explore this relationship

To acknowledge our partnerships with iwi based social services and how they affect our work.