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Lifewise NZ is an Auckland-based community social development organisation. We’re here to help people living with hardship have better opportunities and futures.

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Lifewise’s services turn lives around for good. We go beyond meeting the immediate needs of people living with hardship.

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Every day, we have up to 180 children in our Early Childhood Education Centres.

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Older people

On any given day, we have 120 carers giving in-home support to 500 older people.

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Street whānau

In 2020, over the first COVID-19 lockdown period, we supported 53 street whānau into emergency housing through Lifewise Merge Community.

Latest News

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19 June 2023

Celebrating Volunteer Week 2023

Pip Pip Hooray Pip first heard about Merge Café while working at the University of Auckland more than a decade ago. Back then, the university held a fundraiser and one…
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18 May 2023

Youth Week 2023

Rangatahi Week 2023 Hosted by Ara Taiohi, Youth Week is an annual event in New Zealand that celebrates and recognises the achievements, talents, and contributions of young people aged between…
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23 November 2022

Celebrating 200 years of alleviating hardship across Aotearoa.

Merge Café, born from Methodist Mission Northern, was established after acknowledging the need for change from providing free kai through soup kitchen to a café where street whānau could go…

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