Our Vision for the Future
Connected, just, and inclusive communities
Develop sustainable solutions
Cultivate caring communities
Promote optimism and hope
Our Theological Principles
As part of the Methodist Mission our actions are defined by reference to the following theological principles:
- We believe we are part of a movement which requires us to stand in solidarity with those who struggle with hope towards social conditions which offer equity and justice.
- We believe that all things are infused with an inherent dignity and worth and we seek engagement in activities, which transform dehumanising and depersonalising social behaviours.
- We believe in the integrity and the inter-dependence of all creation and therefore we are required to live as stewards of life and work in connected ways.
- We believe in the inherent goodness of human kind, regardless of religion, and the generous spirituality of all individuals towards the world.
There are three independent charitable trusts – Methodist Mission Northern, The Lifewise Trust (Lifewise) and Airedale Property Trust. While each Trust operates independently, the operation of each Trust is interdependent. All Trusts work in a way that honours the values of the Methodist Church.
The Airedale Property Trust manages and protects the asset base of the Trusts so that support to the community can be provided now and in the future.
Each Trust has a part to play in fostering family and community resilience, whether it’s through working with people and families directly or providing the supporting finances and organisational infrastructure that makes the work possible.
Microwise is a microfinance loan fund established in 1992 by Methodist Mission Northern and incorporated as a charitable trust in 1994 to provide a resource to make a direct impact on unemployment in Auckland and Northland.
The original loan capital was provided by the Auckland and Manukau synods of the Church, since supplemented by grants from The Tindall Foundation and Northland Regional Council Community Trust.
The strategy of the Fund is to create employment through the provision of small loans to start-up or relatively new businesses that have difficulty obtaining funding from other sources. In some specific instances loans have been made to assist in the recovery of businesses to protect jobs at risk.
To know more, and to apply for a loan, visit the Microwise website at www.microwise.nz