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Who We Are

The Salvation Army marching

We are no ordinary army. Since 1883, The Salvation Army has fought poverty and social and spiritual distress in New Zealand.

We’ve been there to help more than 120,000 families and individuals in need each year—with budgeting advice, food and clothing assistance, life skills programmes and other comfort and support.

At The Salvation Army we are committed to our mission of caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

We work hard to provide better options in life and a helping hand towards a brighter future for families and individuals who ask for help.

The Army’s work in over 126 countries is coordinated by our International Headquarters in London, which is the base for our international leader, General André Cox.

Full-time officers and employees, along with soldiers (church members) who volunteer their skills and expertise, provide our social and church-based services. The Army has over 3,000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga and is recognised as a high value employer.

The four goals of The Salvation Army’s current Territorial Strategic Mission Plan are to:
1. Make disciples
2. Increase soldiers
3. Fight injustice
4. Develop leaders

These goals form the cornerstone of our mission for excellence to achieve the best results we can for our communities.

For the third year running, The Salvation Army was recognised by Hay Group/NZ Management Magazine in 2012 as the most reputable not-for-profit organisation in New Zealand.

The Salvation Army is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, registered number CC37312.

Find out more about The Salvation Army and the work we do in our Annual Report 2013.