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At the Auckland Conversations event (from left) Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Housing First founder Dr Sam Tsemberis, Lifewise CEO Moira Lawler, Auckland Council General Manager (Arts, Community and Events) Graham Bodman, Te Matapihi Director Rau Hoskins, and Heart of The City CEO Viv Beck.

Auckland Conversations: Homelessness in Auckland

A public forum organised by Auckland Council, showcased and discussed how Housing First can end chronic homelessness.… more »

Moira Lawler

Kia ora, from Moira

Every day we see how life changing a personal connection can be, whether it is over a meal at Merge Café, or while growing veges together in a communal garden. … more »

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Margaret’s special monster dust

Margaret Chung has to have one of the biggest hearts in Auckland – she has been a foster Mum to more than 50 children. … more »

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The Lifewise Hub & Merge Cafe

After two years of planning and preparatory work, Lifewise and Auckland City Mission are excited to launch their Housing First programme.… more »

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Housing not just about providing a roof

Is the government still hoping that a piecemeal approach to ending homelessness will be enough?… more »


Community Services

Community Services

Lifewise Community Services include Merge Cafe in Auckland CBD and Family Services in New Lynn.… more »

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Community Projects

Community Projects

Besides being a social service provider, Lifewise also looks at new ways of supporting local communities.… more »

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The first five years of every child’s life shape each child’s future health, happiness, and achievement.… more »

Health & Disability Services

Health & Disability Services

The Health and Disability Services team assist older people and those with a disability to live independently… more »

Mental Health & Addiction Services

Mental Health & Addiction Services

Lifewise in Rotorua offers Mental Health and Addiction Supported Accommodation Services.… more »

Upcoming Events


The Lifewise Big Sleepout 2017

Plans for the 8th annual Lifewise Big Sleepout are under way. Watch this space!… more »


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Hungry to Make a Difference?

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Those who are hungry and those who hunger to make a difference; we encourage you all to eat from the same table, over great food and good company.

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