One of the Mission’s key functions is to support clients by advocating on their behalf, providing a voice for a people in desperate need when they are unable to make themselves heard.
With nearly 100 years’ experience, the Mission has depth of knowledge around the issues faced by the people we work with every day. We use this knowledge and experience to influence the social sector at an individual, local and national government level, within the business community and in the media.
Less than 10% of the Mission’s funding comes from the government. This lack of core dependency on government funding means we are well placed to advise policy makers on what they can do better to improve the lives of Aucklanders – and New Zealanders – in desperate need.
Mission staff also advocate on behalf of individual clients. Whether it’s issues around accessing benefit entitlements, dealing with debt-collection agencies or navigating their way through bureaucratic paperwork, Mission staff are there to help.
Auckland City Mission works to:
- Publicly represent, plead for and defend
- Challenge and persuade those in power
- Educate the public
- Make credible arguments based on sound knowledge and accurate information
- Always aim to create change for the better
As an advocate, the Mission is dedicated to:
- Being informed on social issues
- Supporting research
- Speaking out about social concerns
- Preparing submissions to government
- Working with councils on housing options
- Working with other social service agencies to share knowledge and resources
To view the Mission’s research publications, please visit our Resources page.