29th July 2014 Welcome

Lifewise is a not-for-profit community and social development agency that provides critical services to vulnerable and at-risk people of all ages. We committed to identifying and developing new ways to solve challenging social issues.

Our team works across many issues, from child neglect & abuse to disability issues. But as the temperature drops we turn the spotlight on the issue of homelessness through our annual Big Sleepout.

For one night we invite business, community and political leaders to abandon their creature comforts and to experience first-hand a little of what it means to ‘sleep rough’.

The money, awareness and strategic know-how that are raised goes towards Lifewise’s highly successful, “no band aids” approach to tackling homelessness in Auckland.

Since the first event back in 2010, more than 160 homeless people have been permanently housed and many more assisted into emergency housing. Others have been supported into work and training. While each person’s journey can take years of support, lives are being turned around thanks to everyone who has participated in, and donated to, the Lifewise Big Sleepout. And we’d like to say a BIG thank you.

To find out more, or donate to one of our amazing volunteer 'rough sleepers' please visit the Lifewise Big Sleepout website.

If you're keen to register your interest in taking part please contact us on bigsleepout@lifewise.org.nz.

Lifewise is registered with the Charities Commission - CC40248

Latest News


We are seeking proposals for a Consultant Project Manager to help us establish a sound business model for Merge café.

Merge café is a unique café with a thriving social conscience. We’ve created a warm, welcoming environment where both the homeless and the housed can enjoy good food alongside each other.

For more information about this exciting opportunity click here.

Lifewise welcomes new General Manager

The LIfewise team is delighted to welcome Moira Lawler as the new general manager of Lifewise.

For the last four years, Moira has been General Manager of strategy and planning at Porirua City Council, where she was responsible for the Council's economic development, social and community development, environmental policy and corporate and strategic planning.

With a passion for community development and public engagement, Moira has designed and led significant projects, across multiple sectors - health, housing, employment and education - including collaborations involving both government and non-government agencies. Her team’s work has won international awards, ideally positioning her to drive the social innovation that Lifewise is known for.

Small Actions Big Difference

We've come up with some ideas for every day actions that can help our world.

There are lots of great things about living in New Zealand, but unfortunately there are also some negatives. We have one of the highest domestic violence rates in the world and 50% of us don’t know our neighbours.

At LIFEWISE, we see the impact that these social issues have on people’s lives – homelessness, poverty, families struggling and people of all ages living in isolation. Materially many people in New Zealand have more than previous generations, but are we really better off?

We believe it is possible to live wisely and well. To do this we need to change the way we treat each other, spend more time with each other and care for each other so we can pass on a healthier New Zealand to the next generation.

So, start by doing something today. We've come up with some ideas for every day actions that can help our world. Why not download our 101 Ways poster and share what works for you and your family?