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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.

Our Services

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

health and disability services
1 December 2023

Individualised Funding, for empowered people – Karen’s story

Meet Karen, a member of the Health & Disability Team at Lifewise and a keen advocate and user of Individualised Funding. This is her story. The power of choice is a…
Merge Community
16 November 2023

Our Local Hero, Margaret Lewis

Her work begins with relationships that have trust and respect at it's core. “There’s no I in teams, and all that I help happen is led by the Merge Community…
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4 October 2023

Cooking up connections at Ringa Wera

Ringa Wera literally translates as 'hot hands', describing both the speed people work at and the heat from the fire and ovens. The name was gifted to us by one…

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