The experience also included interactive talks with the Christchurch Police and social justice advocate John Minto where they talked in depth about many of the issues faced in communities right across New Zealand.

In their evaluations, students commented on how well run and enjoyable the experience was. The retreat included providing a dinner for 8 people on a budget of $10 and sleeping rough during some cold and wet Christchurch nights.

Thank all the staff who took the time to organise and help run the street retreats and the students who attended and very enthusiastically participated.

Boris Baptist
Project Officer – Edmund Rice Justice Aotearoa/New Zealand Trust