Good Shepherd NZ works in the area of economic harm and abuse, a form of family violence. We are working with people, predominantly in the family violence and financial sectors, to improve responses to the issue of economic harm, and begin to develop strategies to prevent it.
The economic harm page on our website provides information and resources on this issue, and describes the impact it is having on New Zealand families.
We are working with BNZ to trial ‘DEBTsolve’ this year – a programme pilot supported by MSD that combines debt advocacy, debt counselling and debt consolidation loans. We hope to be able to expand DEBTsolve in the near future.
Safer Credit and Financial Inclusion Strategy
Good Shepherd NZ works with Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Social Development, Te Puni Kōkiri and financial and community partners to improve financial inclusion in New Zealand.
The shared vision of the strategy is that New Zealanders thrive, and can achieve their goals and aspirations, free from problem debt.
Microfinance network support
Good Shepherd NZ supports the wider microfinance community with networking events and resources, for people working in microfinance and other stakeholders to get together and share ideas. The Microfinance Resources section on the right has information about topics that may be useful to people working in, or interested in, microfinance in New Zealand.
If you are interested in microfinance and want to be on our mailing list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Driver licences for women from refugee backgrounds
We support Turning the Curve, an initiative of the Changemakers Resettlement Forum in Wellington that works with women from refugee backgrounds to obtain their full driver’s licence. The initiative allows women to learn how to drive at their own pace with the support of other local women who mentor them after their initial driving lessons with a certified instructor.
Good Shepherd NZ supports this programme by providing operational funding and support for the administration and development of the programme.
Aviva Peer Support
Good Shepherd NZ funded the development of New Zealand’s first peer support service in the family violence sector, at Aviva in Christchurch. By acknowledging the value of overcoming the enduring effects of family violence, Aviva’s Peer Support Service provides opportunities for people to use that knowledge to support others on a similar journey to leading fulfilling lives free from violence. Through one on one support and group work, the programme supports personal development, increased confidence and self-awareness, and skill-building that promotes personal and community leadership.
Support for family services
Good Shepherd NZ provided financial support for several years to family services provided by the Catholic Caring Foundation in Auckland, Catholic Social Services in Wellington and The Pregnancy Centre in Christchurch. These funds were used to support women and children affected by family violence, to provide material support for families expecting new babies, and counselling and practical support for people from refugee backgrounds and those affected by the Kaikoura earthquake.