“I feel a deep connection to this land, Aotearoa. I am humbled and privileged to work alongside the church to help New Zealanders find freedom from the oppression of debt and poverty - and to share the good news, so that we thrive as a nation.”
Sam Garaway, CEO, Christians Against Poverty New Zealand

In 2007, with no visas and just enough money to cover two months’ expenses, Gareth and Heather Jones arrived in New Zealand prepared to begin a ministry called CAP. They knew it had been working in the UK for just over 10 years – but what would they find in New Zealand?

Within weeks, they discovered churches and people who were ready to reach into their communities and help people struggling in the miserable grip of poverty.

From those early days when CAP offered Debt Help and CAP Money Courses, the organisation quickly grew from a few individuals, to 13 staff and 13 Debt Centres by 2013.

Over the next 5 years the movement continued to grow, and today, CAP employs more than 40 staff, partners with hundreds of churches up and down New Zealand and offers life-saving help for debt and its causes – like unemployment, life-controlling habits and lack of basic life skills.

While CAP has grown, the heart and mission of the organisation has always remained the same: to release New Zealanders from debt, poverty and its causes. All in partnership with the local church, because this is where people encounter the good news of the Gospel, and find true hope and freedom.

We could tell you more… but why not watch the story unfold in the video below?

The CAP NZ Story - 10 Years!

This is the story of CAP New Zealand and the thousands of people helped since 2007

“I do believe that God has given us a 21st Century answer to one of the most pressing social needs within society today. Jesus met people's needs with love, compassion and practical help. Our desire is to simply do the same and watch the miracles unfold.” - John Kirkby, CAP Founder

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