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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.

Lifewise Case Manager, Glenis Drew, and Fire And Emergency officer David Wood

Safety is a human right

On the occasion of International Day of the Older Person on 1 October, here’s how we ensure the safety of older people in the community.

Dr Sam Tsemberis, wearing his new pounamu, with Rotorua community representatives outside Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu, Rotorua

Going back to our values

“The principles of Housing First are not new,” says Haehaetu Barrett, Lifewise Manager for Rotorua, Bay of Plenty. “It’s about who we are, where we come from, delivering for our people with heart.”

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