Anglican Advocacy (previously known as the Anglican Social Justice Unit) is part of the social services and social justice arm of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch.
Anglican Advocacy works for social change beyond charity, focusing on issues such as rental housing health standards, prison reform and immigrants' rights. The organisation leads and supports key campaigns, and teaches and partners with other groups.
- Video: Rebuilding Plans?
- A video clip by Anglican Advocacy (previously Anglican Social Justice Unit) for Social Services Sunday 2011 (Sunday 24 July). "The success of disaster recovery is whether the vulnerable are better or worse off as a result."
- Anglican Advocacy: Social Housing
- A proposal from Anglican Advocacy to MBIE and CERA outlining how social housing could look in Christchurch's Inner City East following the Christchurch Earthquakes. Related documents, such as meeting minutes and a press release, are also included.
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- Anglican Advocacy: Anti-fracking Campaign
- Anglican Advocacy (previously known as the Anglican Social Justice Unit) contributed to an anti-fracking campaign in response to requests for action from the community in 2011. As well as helping to organise public events and distribute information, Anglican Advocacy arranged deputations to community boards and the Council about the issue. Christchurch City Council agreed to call on the government to put a moratorium in place until a full independent inquiry had been undertaken by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE).
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- Anglican Advocacy: Pokie Free Campaign
- Pokie Free was an initiative led by Anglican Advocacy (previously the Anglican Social Justice Unit) and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand. Since 2009 the Christchurch City Council has had a policy preventing any new class four gambling licences (licences which allow gambling in pubs and clubs) from being approved. After the earthquakes, venues with pokies were relocating and there was pressure from the Government to relax the policy. Anglican Advocacy ran a joint campaign with the Problem Gambling Foundation which celebrated and promoted hospitality venues that declared themselves 'Proudly Pokie Free'.
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- Anglican Advocacy: Reports
- PDF copies of reports written by Jolyon White, Director of Anglican Advocacy in 2011. Most reports were written for the Anglican Care Trust Board.
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- Anglican Advocacy: Save Your Self Interest Free Lending Program
- The Save Your Self Interest Free Lending Program was an Anglican Advocay (then Anglican Social Justice Unit) initiative which came about as a result of rising costs for those already struggling post-earthquake, and an awareness of predatory loan schemes. The focus was the Pasifika community, for things that people could not realistically budget for, such as funeral costs. Four loans were made, of up to $3,000, and all were repaid. The loans helped people out of bad living situations that they were stuck in for lack of a bond for a new flat. The project didn't continue because of a change in the Financial Creditors Act, which meant that Anglican Advocacy would incur the same compliance costs as a bank.
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