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Lifewise is an Auckland-based community social development organisation.


Lifewise is an Auckland-based community social development organisation.

We turn lives around for good. We’re working towards a society where everyone counts, where everyone feels that they belong and where everyone has a contribution to make.

We can trace our roots back over 150 years as part of the Methodist Church of New Zealand (Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa), meeting the changing needs of Aucklanders as the city grew and developed.

Our Vision

Our Mission

Challenge injustices
Develop sustainable solutions
Cultivate caring communities
Promote optimism and hope

Our Values

Compassion | Arohanui
Courage | Māia
Respect | Whakaute
Integrity | Ngākau Pono

Our Theological Principles

As part of the Methodist Mission our actions are defined by reference to the following theological principles:

– We believe we are part of a movement which requires us to stand in solidarity with those who struggle with hope towards social conditions which offer equity and justice.

– We believe that all things are infused with an inherent dignity and worth and we seek engagement in activities, which transform dehumanising and depersonalising social behaviours.

– We believe in the integrity and the inter-dependence of all creation and therefore we are required to live as stewards of life and work in connected ways.

We believe in the inherent goodness of human kind, regardless of religion, and the generous spirituality of all individuals towards the world.


Trust Roles

There are three independent charitable trusts – Methodist Mission Northern, The Lifewise Trust (Lifewise) and Airedale Property Trust. While each Trust operates independently, the operation of each Trust is interdependent. All Trusts work in a way that honours the values of the Methodist Church.

The Trusts are a complex matrixed organisation of 320 staff structured across 3 Trusts, 10 Services, and 11 sites. The Airedale Property Trustmanages and protects the asset base of the Trusts so that support to the community can be provided now and in the future. Each Trust has a part to play in fostering family and community resilience, whether it’s through working with people and families directly or providing the supporting finances and organisational infrastructure that makes the work possible.

The Lifewise Trust (LIFEWISE), Airedale Property Trust (APT) and Methodist Mission Northern (MMN) have chosen to operate interdependently in order to work towards one vision of connected, just, and inclusive communities.

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