We are a grass-roots Christian charity formed by Mary Sumner in England in 1876. NZ holds a special niche in the history of the movement. It is recorded as having the first Branch established outside of the UK, in the Parish of Holy Trinity Avonside, Christchurch, in 1886. Now spanning three centuries in age, MU continues to remain relevant to every-day life through an ability to adapt to changing attitudes on social and moral values, and the widely-varying laws of the countries in which it operates, yet remaining focussed on the core values set out in our Five Objectives, i.e. the practical support for families and the safe-keeping of all children.