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Pursuing Justice Through Service


Today is Friday, 28th of February, 2020

Our Mahi

Anglican Action has been active in Hamilton for over 20 years delivering crucial services to the vulnerable in our community. We are located at Te Ara Hou, where we were instrumental in establishing the village as a hub for social service agencies. 

"I am immensely proud of the work and the way of the Mission. It is at times extraordinarily difficult and demanding and without doubt calls for a significant amount of time, energy and generosity of spirit. Our staff work tirelessly to uphold the kaupapa and meet the practical needs, demands and compliances that come with sharing days with broken, abused and neglected people, as well as meeting the contractual obligations and upholding the professional ethics and practice standards required within this mahi." 

Karen Morrison-Hume, Anglican Action Missioner.

Our Mission Statement

Anglican Action stands for Justice Through Service.

Anglican Action unites Faith and Treaty in an agency committed to flax roots support and challenge from the margins to an unequal society in order to liberate and empower.

Anglican Action celebrates the spirituality of life and believes that every sister and brother, known or stranger, of this land or another, is considered to be our neighbour. All of creation is sacred and of equal and infinite value with a soul worthy of care and respect. To this end, Anglican Action commits itself to the pursuit of justice through service within and beyond the borders of Aotearoa New Zealand. We will advocate and stand in solidarity with all of creation and every brother and sister being denied justice or the basic human necessities of life. 

We offer hope

Our 3Ps (Purpose, Priorities and Principles)

Our Board of Trustees

The Trustees

Anaru Adams

Anaru was appointed as a trustee in mid-2019 and serves as the mana whenua representative on Anglican Action for Ngati Haua.

Anaru has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Waikato and currently is a Democracy Advisor at Waikato Regional Council.

Anaru serves as a committee member for Young Workers Resource Centre, he is a member of the Waikato West Local Distribution Committee for COGS and also is the chair of Te Pae Aupiki Trust which is a charity that supports rangatahi/ taiohi with meaningful employment and enterprise opportunities. Anaru previously worked as a youth worker with a focus in youth mental health and addictions and previously served as a member on Hamilton City Youth Council.


Brian Prestidge, JP BA MA(Hons) Dip Tchg

Brian began as a Trustee on the Anglican Action Mission Trust Board in September 2016. His professional career commenced formally with appointment to his first secondary teaching position at Palmerston North Boys' High School in 1968. After five years there, he went on teach at Tararua College in Pahiatua, Tokoroa High School and Fairfield College in Hamilton where he served four years as Associate Principal from October 1980 and 12 years as Principal until 1996. He then moved on to the staff at The University of Waikato where he was a senior lecturer for some 12 years, including nine years as Associate Dean and Director of the Centre for Teacher Education until retirement from that position in 2008.

Brian has had extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector of social and community service, including, for example: inaugural Chair of the South Waikato District Council of Social Services for three years from 1978, inaugural Chair and then Treasurer (as Principal) of the Fairfield College Aratiatia Marae Committee from 1982 to1995; Board member, as Principal, of the Fairfield College Trust 1984 to 1996; Board member of Parentline Inc. for eight years including four years as Chairperson to 2002; Board member of the Hamilton Skills Centre 1999 to 2002; Trustee of the Hamilton Civic Choir Foundation since its inception in 1999, including 16 years as Secretary.

Other involvements with community responsibilities in earlier years have mainly been related to sports coaching and administration.


Christen Reed, Administration Officer & Bishop's PA




David Wilson, Judge, QC retired

Graduated LIB from Auckland Law School 1970. Was a litigation Solicitor with McCaw Smith and Arcus of Hamilton from March 1970 and Litigation Partner from 1 April 1972 to 30 September 1984, and a member of the Crown Prosecution Panel at Hamilton from 1983 to 2003.

Has been a Barrister Sole from 1 October 1984.

Conducted, as counsel for the Crown and Defence, hundreds of jury trials in the District and High Courts up to and including murder and regularly appeared in the New Zealand Court of Appeal. Has been involved in many criminal and civil cases as counsel including the Churches’ challenge to the establishment of the casino in Hamilton in the Casino Control Authority, in the High Court (successfully), and Court of Appeal (where ultimately the challenge failed.)

Called to the Inner Bar as Queen’s Counsel at the Hamilton High Court in 1997 and served as a District Court Judge holding criminal and jury warrants and civil designation from August 2003 to May 2018.

Occasional lecturer and tutor in law at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and in the Schools of Business Management, Psychology and Sociology at Waikato University and in commercial law at Auckland Technical Institute and Waikato Technical Institute. Since 2018 Teaching Fellow in Advocacy at Te Piringa-Faculty of Law, University of Waikato.

Director of the 13th International Criminal Law Congress held in Queenstown in 2012 and presented a paper in October 2014 at the 14th International Criminal Law Congress, in Melbourne, Australia with Judge David Harvey entitled “E-Courting the Jury: Electronic materials in the jury room.”

Dabbles in golf and watches grandchildren’s sport and adult cricket and rugby intently. Is married (to Dianne Cameron) and blessed with many children and grandchildren. Has served on School Committees (Rukuhia Primary in the 1970s), Chair of PTA at Knighton School in the eighties and later member of Board of Governors of Hillcrest High School.

Is a Foundation Trustee of the Hamilton Children’s Trust and a lifelong member of the Anglican Church. Member Lesser Chapter, St Peter’s Cathedral Hamilton from 1992 to 2004 and as People’s Warden and on Vestry. Currently a reader at the Cathedral and served on Vestry and as People’s Warden at All Saints, Ponsonby 2011 to 2014.

Appointed to the Trust Board of Anglican Action Mission Trust in early 2019.



Gerald Bailey, Deputy Chairperson

Gerald Bailey, QSO, has been involved with Anglican Action since 2004 and is currently Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Gerald has recently retired after a lifetime as a practising Lawyer.  He holds a number of positions in the Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki and has served for over 20 years as a Churchwarden in the Parish of St Aidan, Claudelands.  In addition, Gerald was Chancellor of the University of Waikato for six years and for 30 years, held various positions in cricket administration, both at provincial and national level.  Married to Jenny, he has four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.



Jane Manson, Chairperson

Jane is a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse and currently works for the Waikato DHB in their Nursing Resource Team.

She did her nursing training at Middlemore Hospital and went on to work at Greenlane hospital where she undertook an in-hospital course in cardio-thoracic surgical and vascular nursing. Her last employment in Auckland was at the Mercy Hospital.  Her cardiothoracic experience led to a 15 year career in a cardiac Cath Lab in a Nurse Manager role. During this time she was on the Board of the Interventional Nurses Council for New Zealand and Australia.

Jane is a Warden at Stephens Church, Tamahere and is the instigator and organiser for the Tamahere Country Market.

She has four children who keep her on her toes!

Jane has been on the Board of Anglican Action for 10 years and brings knowledge of risk assessment, personnel and process management and a strong affiliation with the stance of Anglican Action – Justice through Service.


Polly Atatoa-Carr

Dr Polly Atatoa Carr is a Public Health Physician within Child and Youth Health at Waikato District Health Board, and Associate Professor of Population Health at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato.

Associate Professor Atatoa Carr’s research, teaching and practice focusses on the broader determinates of child health and equity. Her work centres around life-course epidemiology, looking at critical influences on tamariki and rangatahi (within their wider context), at key time points, to achieve wellbeing. Prior to her appointment at the University of Waikato in 2016, she was Associate Director at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies: He Ara ki Mua at the University of Auckland and also Associate Director of Growing Up in New Zealand, the contemporary longitudinal study of New Zealand children. Within her current roles at the University of Waikato, and in the clinical department at Waikato DHB, Associate Professor Atatoa Carr leads multiples projects that focus on opportunities to enhance wellbeing for children and their whānau. These projects include those within health services as well as in collaboration with Housing providers, NGOs and Government agencies, and often focus on a systems approach, with a commitment to equity, social justice and community empowerment. Polly also conducts similar projects and research to support community outcomes in the Cook Islands and the Marshall Islands.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Polly attended Queenwood Kindergarten, Bankwood Primary School, and Fairfield Intermediate and College, and then gained her Bachelor of Science at Waikato University.  Further study (a Masters in Science, as well as her medical qualifications, and a Masters of Public Health) followed at the University of Auckland over the following years as well as clinical practice in Rotorua. Polly and her husband, Robbie, who was raised in the Cook Islands, returned to Hamilton in 2002 where they now live with their three daughters.


Philip Richardson, Archbishop




Rosanne Matheson




Anglican Action Mission Representatives on the Board

Karen Morrison-Hume, Anglican Action Missioner

I have been in the leadership role at Anglican Action for 20 years.  This has and is more than a job for me; it is a passion, a calling, and encapsulates not only my professional philosophy about the immense value of all life, but it gives expression to my own life purpose as a member of the human family.   The pursuit of social justice in the offering of compassionate social service goes to the heart of what this Mission I am privileged to lead is all about.

My public role is totally supported and enhanced by my other roles – wife, mother, grandmother, and friend – all the relationships that enrich and deepen the dimensions of my life.   Together, all of work and life becomes a great tapestry of relationships which I believe are essentially what we are called to cultivate to become fully human. 

I am always eager to enter new working relationships to expand my horizons and build networks of opportunity and possibility.  These connections ultimately become the building blocks for a hope-filled future, the legacy I want to leave the next generation.


Ken Douglas, Anglican Action Finance Manager






Matua Pine Campbell (Reverend), Anglican Action Mission Kaumātua/Cultural Supervisor

Tena koutou katoa.

A teacher across all levels, from 1960 to 2004. Ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in 1997. Served in the Hamilton Anglican Maori Pastorate for a number of years. Then joined the Anglican Cathedral of St Peter as Rev Canon. Invited to be the kaumātua as well. However, I have re-joined Hemi Tapu at the beginning of 2018 but still remain as Kaumātua of the Cathedral. My first contact with Anglican Action was in the late nineties as a representative for Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa – Waikato. Since then I am proud to be part of a whanau of ‘united nations’ who strive for “justice through service”.

“We offer hope”.


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Anglican Action

Te Ara Hou, 100 Morrinsville Rd, Hillcrest
New Zealand

NZ Phone: (07) 856 5820

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM