26th April 2015 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're committed to identifying, and developing, new ways to solve challenging social issues.

Our team of over 300 full-time and part-time staff works across many social issues, supporting individuals and families affected by child neglect & abuse, domestic violence, addictions, poverty, disabilities and homelessness.

Lifewise is also working to increase access to early childhood education, with a number of new initiatives now underway.

You can browse the full range of social support services Lifewise provides here.

To help you get to the heart of what we do and how we work, we've produced a booklet called MyLifewise which features stories shared by some of the people who know us best- our clients, our donors and our staff. You can read MyLifewise and other Lifewise publications here.

Lifewise is registered with the Charities Commission - CC40248

Latest News

New study on rough sleeping a leap forward for homelessness groups

New research into rough sleeping in central Auckland is providing fresh insight in to the challenges, choices and impacts of homelessness while also helping drive meaningful change.

The study, ‘An insight into the experience of rough sleeping in central Auckland’, was launched at the Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee today.

The research provides insights collected from rough sleepers past and present, their families and the general public. It was driven by the Auckland Homelessness Steering Group – a multi-agency group formed to respond to the needs of people sleeping rough in central Auckland, and facilitated by Auckland Council, Auckland City Mission and Lifewise. Read more and download the full homelessness report


The 2014 Lifewise Big Sleepout is an annual event designed to raise serious funds for the work we do tackling homelessness. The 2014 fundraising campaign officially closed on 31st July 2014. We're looking forward to bringing you news of the final fundraising total soon. In the meantime you can keep up to date with news from Lifewise's homeless team, through the event's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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?