Presbyterian Support Northern contacts for Kaimai Presbytery

About Us

Presbyterian Support Northern’s (PSN) vision is ‘a better life for everyone.’ PSN’s vision is guided by its values of: partnership, integrity and trust, honouring tangata whenua, compassion and respect, and hope.

PSN was established by Presbyterian Auckland City Missioner, Duncan Macpherson in 1884. It now operates from Turangi to Whangarei with over 1000 employees across four ‘services’: Enliven, Family Works, Shine and Lifeline.

Anne Overton – Community Relations Manager

Anne’s role involves working alongside Presbyterian Churches and Schools in Presbyterian Support Northern’s region. Anne works to resource and support them as they discover ways to connect and engage with their local communities and neighbourhoods.

Contact details: Ph 027 520 8653

Pam Elgar
Kaimai Presbytery’s representative on Presbyterian Support Northern’s Board of Trustees

Rev. Sharon Ross Ensor – Presbytery Liaison Manager

Sharon works to strengthen the engagement between Presbyterian Support Northern and the presbyteries in its region i.e Kaimai, Northern, Pacific and Te Aka Puaho.

Contact details: Ph 027 810 4358 Email: 

Our Services

Feel free to contact Anne and Sharon to talk about how Presbyterian Support Northern might be able to support your faith community in their engagement with their local community.

Have a look at our Community Connections page This page has a link to a number of resources to help you connect with your community. There is also a link to our newsletters which have information about upcoming events, along with stories about some of the inspiring community-connecting events and initiatives happening around our region.


Enliven: maximises the independence of older people and those with disabilities or injuries. Enliven’s home support and community services enables people to live in their own homes, stay healthy and engage socially with others.

Family Works

Family Works: provides a range of social services to support children and young people at moderate to high risk of harm, within the context of their families/whanau. Family Works aims to keep children and young people safe.


Shine: Founded in 1990, Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday) is New Zealand’s leading specialist domestic violence service provider. Shine provides a range of services to achieve their mission of stopping domestic violence in New Zealand including frontline services to victims of violence along with training and education to professional organisations, workplaces, schools and community groups. Shine became a service of PSN in 2016.


Lifeline has a national focus on suicide prevention and intervention. It supports those in distress and equips the community through training and resources to recognide people’s emotional needs and to respond appropriately to their friends, colleagues and family. Lifeline became a service of PSN in 2016.

Projects, Ideas & Resources

Heart Strings/Te Taurahere Whatamanawa project in Taneatua, Bay of Plenty

PSN supports the work of Rev Tamiana & Honey Thrupp and Te Aka Puaho with the Heart Strings/Te Taurahere Whatamanawa project in Taneatua, Bay of Plenty. The Hughes Place Community Garden has been a lighthouse to the Taneatua community and is known as a church without walls. You can learn more about this project here:

Communities Feeding Communities

Our latest partnership is with Northern Presbytery with the Communities Feeding Communities vision taking shape at 1207 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill, the site of the former St Giles Presbyterian Church


Presbyterian Support NZ is a faith-based donation manager for The Tindall Foundation. PSNZ invites applications to The Tindall Foundation (TTF) from presbyteries, congregations and trusts associated with the Presbyterian family. Applications are for projects under TTF’s Family criteria which you can find more information about here and donations between $500 and $15,000 can be made on behalf of TTF. Each year applications open in April/May and close late June. Application form link:

Communities Feeding Communities

Take a look at the artist’s impression of what the site will look like