2nd September 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

NZ leaders at 2015's Big Sleepout raise over $300,000

The Lifewise Big Sleepout is annual fundraiser that raises serious cash to help Lifewise end homelessness in New Zealand. It puts the spotlight on the growing issue of homelessness in New Zealand.On Thursday July the 2nd, influential business, community and political leaders in Auckland and Rotorua slept rough under the winter sky. This year, the Big Sleepout rough sleepers raised $317,426.80!

Auckland's rough sleepers raised an astonishing $281,998.80 and Rotorua's very first Big Sleepout raised $35,428. Thank you so much everyone for your support - it will make a world of difference for NZ's homeless!

Homelessness is a complex issue with a very simple solution. At Lifewise, we help people get off the street and into homes. We focus on getting people into safe and secure accommodation, and then give them wrap-around support to help them get back on their feet. Our work with homeless people is not funded, so every dollar counts!

For the latest news and updates on what Lifewise is doing to end homelessness in New Zealand, visit the Big Sleepout website!

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?