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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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Mental Health
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Merge Cafe
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Merge Community
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Every day, we have up to 180 children in our Early Childhood Education Centres.


Older people

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


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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16 January 2023

Living an authentic life, one cup of coffee at a time.

You might know the face, but do you know the story? Meet Leroy, Merge Cafe's Front of House icon. He's smiling proof that courage, perseverance and support leads to long-lasting…
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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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23 August 2022

Merge Cafe “has been an absolute lifesaver for me.”

Miriam*, 70 years old, started visiting Lifewise Merge Café a few months ago. She was feeling lost and isolated and needed help to access housing. Although looking for support and…

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