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 for food and practical support.
Now run by Lifewise, Merge Café is a hub for the community where those needing help can get it, while also providing subsidised, free, or full priced meals to anyone who walks through the doors.
Lifewise, has worked alongside the Methodist Church for 150 years, running community initiatives that not only support those in need, but inspire and empower them to live interdependently.
Te Hāhi Weteriana O Aotearoa is committed to improving the lives of New Zealanders and endeavours to carry its heritage and vision into the future for generations to come.
This year the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa celebrates its 200-year anniversary. Founded in 1822 by Rev. Samual Leigh, the Methodist Church stands as a pillar of hope for social justice and equality. With a mission to provide practical help to those in need, while inspiring hope toward a future where all can flourish, the church has devoted itself to fostering equity and dignity for the people of Aotearoa.
Throughout its history, the church launched many initiatives to uplift those experiencing hardship. From the Helping Hand Mission charities, to the temperance cause targeting alcohol misuse of the early 1900s, Te Hāhi Weteriana O Aotearoa strives to create a just and inclusive society in which all people flourish.
Today, alongside organisations like Methodist Mission North and Lifewise, The Methodist Church of New Zealand continues to carry these values forward into the changing landscape of Aotearoa’s 21st century.
With four churches and a range of community spaces nestled in the heart of Auckland’s inner-city, the Methodist church offers a range of social services including early childhood education, mental health and addiction, housing, poverty, and healthcare.
East Street Hall is currently home to A-Anon, and Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Peace Foundation. Visitors from the nearby Merge Café founded are welcome in East Street Hall for services such as Orange Sky, who provide clothing and laundry, ensuring whanau have access to this essential service.
The Hall also hosts digital upskilling workshops, and various community engagement programmes run by independent organisations.