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Here we share success stories, project updates and more.


Preventing homelessness

Join us in strengthening our holistic approach to homelessness, help us build connected, just, and inclusive communities.

We are able to build connected, just and inclusive communities thanks to our amazing supporters and their generous gifts, donations, and tautoko.

Nga mihi nui

Celebrating 2018 and looking towards the new year with hope. Thank you so much for your support, creating connected, just, and inclusive communities.

A new study by New Zealand Work Research Institute and Lifewise has found a way to measure the cost of homelessness to society

Āwhina mai

We believe all people have the right to a safe, warm and affordable home. With collective action, homelessness can become rare, brief and non-recurring.

“People who might need disability support also live full lives,” says Rev. Vicki Terrell (left), seen her with Michelle Smith, her Individualised Funding coach.

Leading a full life!

“Our support services need to empower people to live life to the full and enable people to make a contribution to society,” says Rev Vicki Terrell.

The latest 'Matters of Substance' features Lifewise CE Moira Lawler's take on synthetic cannabinoids, decriminalisation, and "the narrow lens that considers substance abuse in isolation".

“Getting real about synthetics”

Lifewise CE Moira Lawler’s take on synthetic cannabinoids, decriminalisation, and “the narrow lens that considers substance abuse in isolation”.

Lifewise Merge Café would like to host you at a Pop-Up Dinner on Thursday 1st November to celebrate Spring! This will be a 3-course set menu and you can “Pay as You Feel” to raise funds for the café. The value of each meal is approx. $35. Enjoy candlelight, music, and great food prepared by Merge Cafe Chef, Umender, and Little Sweetie Chef, Diego Fetter. This special event is co-hosted by John Palino and Diego Fetter from Little Sweetie, 181 Ponsonby Road. Thanks so much for your support guys! Here are more details about this special event: • Date: 1 November 2018 (Thursday) • Times: 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Two seatings of 35 people each) • Place: Lifewise Merge Cafe, 453 K' Road, Auckland 1010 We’d love you to join us to celebrate Spring and Merge Café and invite you to bring your friends and whānau. To book your seats, please email merge@lifewise.org.nz or come to Merge Cafe. We're on 453 K' Road, open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Merge Cafe’s Spring Pop-Up Dinner

Lifewise Merge Cafe is hosting a pop-up dinner to celebrate the spring season. Join us in this fun-filled event supporting the whānau and community.

'Shadow', regular volunteer at Merge Café, and Julia West, Lifewise Merge Café Business Manager.

Thank you, Transpower!

We are a step closer to refurbishing and expanding Merge Cafe thanks to Transpower’s CommunityCare Fund.

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