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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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9 February 2024

One Life, Two Lives. Jo Leach – Lived Experience Leader.

Jo's early life was characterised by stability and familial solidarity. Yet, at the tender age of 16, her world was abruptly upended by the sudden departure of her father.  “I’d…
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13 December 2023

Haehaetu Barrett makes Top 10 for New Zealander of the Year

The journey began when Haehaetu, a young Māori wahine and solo mother, entered the health sector as a midnight worker at a hospital. Witnessing the challenges faced by those unable…
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…

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