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Our Vision

To transform lives and change communities around the world by providing a life of freedom and dignity

"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full"

John 10:10

Our Mission

International Needs is a Christian aid and development organisation, committed to restoring the lives of those in the poorest countries of the world. Based on its Christ centred values and over 44 years of professional expertise, International Needs New Zealand is connecting communities worldwide with love, hope and freedom.

Our Story

International Needs was founded by New Zealander Ray Harrison in 1974, then the International Director for Youth For Christ. Ray saw the need to assist national church leaders grow the church in their own countries. Having a holistic concept of ministry, he believed local nationals are best placed to identify the needs of their people and develop programmes and projects to meet those needs.

This approach was a radical departure from the standard mission model 45 years ago, but in recent years it has been acknowledged as a key strategy in seeing the unreached come to faith in Christ, meeting the local needs of creating long term sustainability and bringing people out of poverty, whilst most importantly, keeping the gospel at the centre of everything we do. International Needs ministry is one of partnership, connecting Christians and Churches here in New Zealand with Christian workers in a developing nation.

International Needs New Zealand (INNZ) is a not-for-profit and non-denominational Christian mission supporting organisation with a positive track record in overseas aid, development and mission that stretches back to 1974.

Our goal is to be recognised as creating a worldwide partnership of Christian organisations fulfilling the commission of Jesus Christ, supporting each other to see transformed lives, families and communities.

Through partnering with International Needs, New Zealanders gain the benefits of strong direct links to programs headed by national leadership who are focused on evangelism and church planting alongside social and community programs.

International Needs New Zealand is proud to work with local ministries serving in Bangladesh, Bougainville, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, Tonga, Turkey, Uganda and Vietnam.

Our Core Values

  • Faith

    We embody our Christian faith as the cornerstone principle of all we do at International Needs because it is by God's grace that we're able to do the work we do.

  • Commitment

    We commit to long term support of our programming within our partner countries and their leaders. We value the security and sustainability of our ongoing partnership.

  • Inclusive

    We value and support people of all ages, faiths, genders and race, making no distinction.

  • Transformation

    We cultivate programs that create opportunities to individuals, families, and communities to grow spiritually, physically, and socially.

  • Empowerment

    We support indigenous development of country specific programs. We recognize the uniqueness and power of local leaders serving within their own countries.

  • Stewardship

    We are committed to embodying sound Biblical principles in our programming, fundraising, and financial practices.

Our Team

  • Shaun Sutcliffe

    Executive Director

    Shaun brings experience and passion to his role as Executive Director as well as a lifetime commitment to helping others. Shaun is married to Ruth and has two pre-school boys.

  • Angela Heyward

    Executive Assistant

    Angela comes from an Event Management background and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and creativity. Angela and her 9-year-old daughter love helping others and enjoy living in sunny Tauranga

  • Gail Halsted

    Accounts Manager

    Gail thoroughly enjoys serving our New Zealand donors and overseas partners. She also heads up a thriving library at her church and as you can imagine, is passionate about literacy and books. A great animal lover, Gail has a springer spaniel, "Oz," who is keeping her fit.

  • Rachel Honeybone

    Programs Coordinator

    Rachel has a passion in helping others and seeing lives changed. Through her role she has the opportunity to do just that. Rachel loves animals and spending time outdoors.

  • Jen Missen

    Sponsorship Coordinator

    Jen has many years office experience, working as Receptionist and Administrator in various offices. She is very mission focussed and has visited several different countries on Short-Term Mission trips, including Myanmar, Mexico, China, Vietnam and LA. Her interests are family and grandchildren.

  • Liz McManus

    Sponsorship Administration

    Liz has returned to NZ after living in Sydney for 36 years. She is delighted to have been given the opportunity to serve the Lord, working for International Needs. She looks forward to communicating with our sponsors, supporters and our National Workers from around the globe.

Board Of Trustees

  • Malcolm Taylor

    Treasurer

    Malcolm was involved in the overseas mission work of Ray Harrison prior to the establishment of IN and was a founding member of the IN Board. Except for a short break in the late 1980s he has served as a trustee since 1972 and for many years has been Treasurer. Malcolm and his wife Rennae attend St Georges Anglican Church in Epsom, where he served as Treasurer/Operations until early 2016. He helps lead a home Bible Study group and is involved in supporting the administration work of his church’s ESOL program.

    Malcolm has served on the staff (administration) of Laidlaw College and as a consultant to the Churches Education Commission (Bible in Schools) and SIM in Auckland. From 2011 - 2013 he helped IN Philippines with accounting and reporting matters. He is retired after spending many years in the import/export business in both New Zealand and Australia.

  • Sarah Markley (Lineham)

    Sarah was appointed to the Board in April 2015. She is a member of the Governance Committee and also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee for International Needs Incorporated (the international body for the network).

    Sarah attends Street City Church in Wellington and with her husband David leads a Life Group. In the past Sarah has led many teenage girls Bible study groups and youth outreach activities and has done community volunteer work in Rwanda.

    Sarah is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience in public sector financial audit. She works for the Office of the Auditor-General, focusing primarily on its programme of capacity development support to audit offices throughout the Pacific region, and is Deputy Secretary-General of the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions. This work includes operational and governance support, leading relationship and contract management with funding partners, particularly the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and participation in capacity development programmes.

  • Peter Sara

    Chair

    Peter joined the Board in October 2005 and currently serves as Chair. He is a practising lawyer and has been a church elder in the Dunedin Elim Church for over 20 years. He and his wife run a discipleship group in their home.

    Peter runs his own firm specialising in ACC and insurance work and is actively engaged in various ways in law reform and education about ACC. He is a member of BoardSource, an American organisation which works to strengthen nonprofit board governance and leadership.

    His outside interests include beekeeping and fishing. He and his wife run a marriage course called The Marriage Toolkit which is a community outreach. He enjoys governance and business and how to do things better.

  • David Hughes

    Deputy Chair

    David is the deputy chair and has been a trustee since 2016. David and his wife Philippa attend Mt Albert Baptist Church in Auckland. During the week David works in the field of science and technology both as a senior executive at Plant & Food Research (a Government owned science company) and also as a director on the board of a number technology centered companies.

  • Rabena Tanielu

    Rabena, who is Samoan, began sponsoring a child through INNZ when a student. She and her husband Ronji spent two years as self-funded missionaries overseas, during which they were privileged to visit all 15 children their family sponsors in the Philippines and Uganda. They also worked alongside INNZ partners in Nepal, Philippines, Uganda and India.

    They attend a small house church in South Auckland. Rabena runs their two small businesses, leads bible studies for TSCF (Tertiary Student Christian Fellowship) and in the community, and works part time as a Community Coordinator.

    She and Ronji are passionate about sound Biblical doctrine, partnering with local churches, serving our persecuted brethren, understanding the Jewish context of our faith, evangelism, discipleship, and business as mission. They support INNZ as it prioritises the saving gospel message of Christ, that we are unashamed about our Christian worldview in today’s secular society, and that we work in projects overseas alongside the local brothers and sisters that glorify God and extend His Kingdom.

  • Robyn Cotton

    Robyn joined the Board in November 2008. Having come to faith in 1995, she now lives and attends church in Gulf Harbour with her husband Geoff. Robyn has a passionate to see good governance in the charity sector. Since 2012 she has represented INNZ at IN Congresses. She is a member of its Governance Council, the Strategic Advisory Group and chairs the Governance Capacity Building Committee.

    Robyn worked in the New Zealand Dairy Industry over a period of 21 years before establishing Hatherop Consulting in 2002. In her consulting role, Robyn worked across a number of industries to provide a variety of services at both the strategic and operational level to help companies improve their innovation performance and achieve their goals. Robyn also serves on the Parkinson’s New Zealand board.

  • Daniel Gibbons

    Daniel Gibbons joined INNZ in November 2013 after being a donor of the INCAP programme for a number of years. In addition to being a trustee, Daniel serves on the audit and risk committee and the executive committee.

    Daniel attends C3 Church where he is also a trustee and board member. He previously served as a trustee and elder for Dunedin Elim Christian Centre before moving to Queenstown, where he now lives with his wife Stacey and their three children. He is a qualified lawyer and works as a Tax Advisor for an international accountancy firm. Daniel is an active member of the community, particularly with cricket where he coaches both local and rep teams and is also president of the local club.

  • Geoff Warne

    Secretary

    Geoff joined the Board in 2018 after a period as interim Executive Director. His professional background is primarily in executive management (including financial and chief executive positions) and governance in local and international mission agencies and not for profit organisations. This has included 20 years with The Leprosy Mission, mainly in London and 16 years with the Blind Foundation in New Zealand.

    Geoff’s home church is Shore Community Church, on Auckland’s North Shore, where he worships with his wife, Karen.