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Photo by Nicola Wong

Financial Care for Clergy and their families.

Diocesan Pensions Committee —

Anglican Financial Care particularly provides for the care of clergy and lay employees and administers a variety of funds. The Diocese of Dunedin also has a local Pensions Committee which works alongside Anglican Financial Care to provide additional support.

Pension fund: Stipendiary Clergy contribute to this fund and they and their spouses have access to a pension and benefits upon retirement.

It is less well known that Anglican Financial Care administers other schemes and funds which are available to others, as well as to Stipendiary Clergy.

Christian Kiwi Saver Scheme- ethical investments available to Christians.

Clergy Widows and Orphans Endowment

Welfare Fund- Financial assistance for Clergy, Spouses and dependents. Means tested.

Health Fund- Available to ordained people over 65 years not engaged in regular paid work and their spouses. Not means-tested e.g dental, hearing aids, home help, surgery and diagnostics.

Mortgages- available to clergy, widows and widowers, members of Christian Kiwi Saver, Parishioners.

This information is summarised below:

What are you eligible for? 

Have a look at the illustration attached. Specific information may be obtained from: Anglican Financial Care

  • Clergy, Spouses and dependents may wish to discuss these matters with the Bishop or their Archdeacon.
  • Retired Clergy may also wish to seek the advice of the Rev'd David Crooke, the Chaplain to Retired Clergy.
Anglican Financial Care Eligibility — Image by: Andrew Metcalfe

Diocese of Dunedin Pension Committee and Clergy Benevolent Funds

This local Committee advises about the allocation of benevolent funds available to clergy within the Diocese.

While Anglican Financial Care offers grants and loans this local committee more usually offers grants of smaller monetary amounts.

  • Clergy (stipended and non-stipendiary, retired and in active ministry or their widows and widowers) are invited to apply to this committee if they require financial support.
  • In the past items such as dental work, glasses, children's education costs, vestments for the newly ordained and some moving expenses have been supported.
  • If Clergy are finding electricity costs difficult over winter, and your parish is not able to support you, please get in touch with the Committee, as it may be able to help.
  • It is helpful if receipts or quotations are supplied.
  • The Committee may recommend that a request be declined or supported in full or in part.

Requests should be sent to Mrs Nicola Wong at the Diocesan Office bishops.pa@calledsouth.org.nz telephone (03) 488 0826, Monday to Friday 8.30am - 2pm. Nicola can also offer further information.

Current (2020) Members of this Committee, appointed by the Diocesan Council, are:

The Bishop, Mrs N. Wong, Ven J Clark, Rev'd V. Galletly, Mrs S. Kyte.