What we believe

Presbyterians are a passionate bunch of people, and we believe that our society can be judged by the treatment of its most vulnerable members. We have been, and will continue to, take a stand to work with those on the margins and to build communities and an environment that we - and our children - can be safe in. We will be speaking out on these and other important issues facing our communities.  To find out more about the Church’s position on these matters, read on:

Family violence

The Church believes that nurturing and supporting families is the best way to improve the health of our society.  An important aspect of this is having a zero tolerance to violent behaviour.  We believe in, and will advocate for, the importance of individuals taking action to stamp out acts of violence committed by family members against their partners and children.  Through our work, we aim to create a culture within our society where violence is unacceptable. [more]

Caring for the environment

The Church supports the Government’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, and we advocate for the ordering of our lives – as individuals and organisations - around sound principals of sustainability.  We urge the Government to reiterate NZ’s anti-nuclear stance by condemning international plans to use nuclear power as a means of mitigating greenhouse emissions.  We also urge the Government to hasten its development of strategies for the treatment and reduction of emissions caused by our agricultural sector, which causes most of NZ’s emissions. [more]

Youth suicide

Every suicide is one too many.  We will advocate for much-needed funding to strengthen the mental health system so that it can better support young people.  The Government’s recent (May 2007) $23.1m commitment over the next four years doesn’t go far enough.  Adolescent mental health is a really complex area to work in and needs more resources committed to it. [more]

Getting older

The Church supports the right of older Kiwis to stay in their own homes as long as possible through “ageing in place” and urges the Government to make this a reality rather than just a policy objective.  In particular, intervention is required to implement universal building design principals that will minimise the cost of building adaptation to meet the needs of those with disabilities.  The Church also calls for further resources to be committed to improving the status, training and pay for aged care workers. [more]

Cultural diversity

Immigration and diversity contribute to the richness of our country.  The Church endorses the strategy to attract skilled migrants to New Zealand. We, however, urge the Government to strengthen its commitment to re-settling migrants - especially in the area of access to employment.  Increased focus is needed on strategies to help migrants obtain work that is appropriate to their skills and experience. Through our social service arm - www.ps.org.nz - the Church continues its long involvement in serving those in need.  Check out the Presbyterian Support website for real-life programmes and examples of Presbyterian mission in action. [more]