The fact that more and more food is being given out as a charitable response to hunger in New Zealand is “just criminal,” says the Wellington City Missioner, Murray Edridge.
“In New Zealand, there is a real community desire to help those in need,” Murray says, but a food supply chain that requires ongoing charity is masking the real problems.
That’s why the Wellington City Mission has become a strategic partner in the Kore Hiakai: Zero Hunger Project. The project is being led by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, and includes the Auckland City Mission and the Salvation Army as partners.
“Why does anyone go hungry?” asks Murray. “New Zealand is a primary-producing country – there shouldn’t be any food insecurity, full stop.” But despite our willingness to be charitable, there are underlying social and structural changes needed to eliminate hunger in our nation.
This is the vision of the Kore Hiakai: Zero Hunger Project, and to begin the journey towards mana-enhancing, long term solutions, the project is inviting organisations and the public to register their interest, and/or to attend a series of hui (Click here for the project’s website and hui information). At the hui, participants can join the conversation..
For our movement, reduction of child poverty is a key diocesan priority. If there are members of our movement whānau who are interested in participating in the conversation, and championing the cause of zero hunger on our behalf, you are invited to speak with our diocesan advocacy enabler, Kate Day. You can email her on firstname.lastname@example.org