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We love to inspire people and share about the work of our partners.

Tearfund partners with Compassion and we are passionate about releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

While our messages focus on a variety of themes, we hope you will support our efforts to see children sponsored, providing a hope more powerful than poverty.

If you’d like a speaker to visit your church, business, or organisation, please email info@tearfund.org.nz and we'll be in touch!

Our Speakers


Ian McInnes, CEO

As CEO of Tearfund, Ian believes it is an immense privilege to connect people to the issues of global poverty and its solutions. Ian has 16 years of experience in international aid and development, and prior to his present role, ran the operations of aid agencies in disaster relief around the world.

Ian is now a go-to commentator on aid and development for New Zealand’s media and will bring this life experience to the fore, sharing personal stories from the front lines of humanitarian responses, in an authentic way.

“The challenge of speaking to us from Auckland via zoom was one that Ian was up for! He excelled in incorporating engaging and relevant stories from his extensive overseas experience. His talk was supported by excellent visuals, and he would be a great person to speak to your group.”

John Hornblow – All Saints Palmerston North

North Island Engagement Manager

Victoria Hanna

Victoria never settles for surface answers, she loves to question and wrestle with scripture then look for ways to apply it in her life. When Victoria speaks, her messages are full of real-life application which encourages you to examine your own faith and the way it is expressed to the world. 

Victoria has a great sense of humour and informal style that immediately puts people at ease and draws them into the message. She longs to see the transformative impact of a relationship with Jesus bring hope to the worlds’ most vulnerable.

"Victoria is passionate in her work to bring justice for the poor. She can articulate clearly and confidently the gospel challenge for us to take responsibility for those who are caught trapped in slavery and poverty. She is engaging and thought-provoking without being confrontational."

Tim Handley – All Saints Church, Hataitai

North Island Engagement Manager

Kelly Burgess

Kelly is a passionate advocate for the world’s most vulnerable. She remains amazed at how beautiful and crucial the Church’s role is in helping people thrive and be restored through the love of Jesus. Meeting a sponsored child in 2004 who became a pastor and community leader, had a profound impact on her. 

Kelly believes that at the very heart of the gospel is a story of good news for the poor. She strives to communicate this story in creative ways that are challenging, engaging, authentic and meaningful.

“Kelly is a gifted storyteller, passionate about social justice. She speaks with authenticity and brings the big-sister vibes! Her message of hope and truth has always felt like a bridge between members in the audience; across different age-groups, life-experiences, faith backgrounds and circumstances.”

Rae Randall – Families Pastor, Eastgate Christian Centre 

South Island Engagement Manager

Fiona Sawers

Originally from England, Fiona moved to Aotearoa in 2005. For over a decade, she has worked and volunteered in the humanitarian sector in New Zealand. Fiona’s heart is to encourage people in their walk with Jesus, helping them have a greater understanding of His heart for the poor and most vulnerable around the world. 

Ultimately, Fiona loves to encourage people on their journey. She brings life, joy and energy to examine challenging humanitarian issues and brings a sense of the gospel of hope to how we can all engage in a practical, down-to-earth way.

“Fi is a natural storyteller, who engages her audience in the lives of people who are affected by injustice and oppression. She masterfully weaves these stories with passion, conviction and the challenge of the gospel. She enlightens and empowers each individual and community to become part of the solution."

Amy Page-Whiting - Cashmere New Life Church 

So Engaging!

"Victoria is passionate in her work to bring justice for the poor... engaging andthought-provoking without being confrontational."

Natural storyteller

“Fi is a natural storyteller... she masterfully weaves... with passion, conviction and the challenge of the gospel.

A bridge-builder

“Kelly is a gifted storyteller... a bridge across different age-groups, life-experiences, faith backgrounds and circumstances.”


Call us on 0800 800 777 and ask to talk with one of our Church Engagement Team.
We welcome your call!