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Thank you for being someone's star at Christmas!

Christmas Hampers

Thank you to every individual, family, business, team and group that has supported our 2018 Christmas Star Appeal! Thanks to your generous support, The Mission has been able to:

  • Provide Christmas food parcels to feed over 3,500 people.
  • Provide Christmas gifts for over 2,100 children.
  • Supply food and gifts to 44 other community service agencies that The Mission collaborates with, including: Red Cross Refugee Services, Kōkiri Marae Māori Women's Refuge, Challenge 2000 and Birthright.
  • Deliver more than 100 special Christmas Day Hampers on Christmas Eve. These hampers include: chicken donated by Tegel, sausages from The Mad Butcher, hams from Hellers, chocolate from Whittaker’s, and sweet treats from Good Bitches Baking – plus other Christmas food items and children’s gifts that have been donated by the community.
  • Supply Christmas food and gifts for several local Christmas Day meals such as Aro Valley Community Centre’s ‘Room at the Inn’ (catering for approximately 400 people) and ‘Everybody’s Christmas’ at Carerra Park in Newtown.

This has only been possible because of the generous support The Mission has received throughout the Christmas season. People, businesses, teams and groups have helped in many different ways, including filling over 500 ‘Christmas Star Boxes’ with food and gifts, taking part in the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’ campaign, purchasing a record number of stars on the Christmas Walk of Fame, volunteering their time, and donating financially.

Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge says he has been blown away by the support The Mission has received this festive season. “To serve those in our communities who are doing it tough, we rely on the generosity of people, teams, groups and businesses all across the Wellington region. We are very grateful to receive such wonderful support from so many. Whether you have helped The Mission this Christmas by volunteering your time, donating goods-in-kind, or making a financial contribution, you have enabled us to be there for those most in need right across our region, so thank you."

Thanks for being someone's star this Christmas! 

Kick it Kiwiana Style

We had an awesome time on Saturday 3 November 2018 for our #KickItKiwianaStyle Collection! Thank you to everyone who donated cash and food items at the game, and those who dropped donations off at Four Kings and The Backbencher.

We’re excited to announce that we filled 4 large collection bins with food items, and collected approximately $1,200 in cash! All these donations will make a huge difference as we head into the Christmas season. 

Phoenix game collection

Thanks to our partners the Wellington Phoenix, Yellow Fever, and LFC Wellington for another fantastic collection, and to all our amazing volunteers who braved the wind and rain on the night!

Supporter Breakfast 2018

It was a pleasure to acknowledge and thank many of our supporters from across the Wellington community at our new Supporter Breakfast event in mid-October.

Guests gathered at CQ Hotel for breakfast and to hear from our Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge, and special guest speaker Guy Ryan. Guy, CEO and Founder of Inspiring Stories and Young New Zealander of the Year 2015, shared with us about his own journey and his passion for the next generation.

Supporter Breakfast

Mission staff and trustees joined guests at each table to talk about the things they see and do every day, and to explain firsthand how the support we receive makes a difference.

We also officially presented our 2017-18 Annual Review document at this event. If you’re interested in seeing this Annual Review you can download a copy here, or email [email protected] to request a hard copy.

Our thanks go to CQ Hotel, and to everyone who attended.

Wellington City Mission welcomes Murray Edridge as new City Missioner!

The Wellington City Mission is delighted to announce the appointment of Murray Edridge as the new City Missioner. 

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Murray comes to the role with a wealth of experience, including six years in Deputy Chief Executive roles at the Ministry of Social Development, and eight years as the Chief Executive of Barnardos New Zealand. He will be finishing his current position as Interim Chief Executive at Genesis Youth Trust to take up the City Missioner role on Monday 14 May 2018.

He commented “I am delighted to be joining the Wellington City Mission as City Missioner. It will be a great privilege to work for an organisation with an incredible history and a record of responding to the needs of those who are most vulnerable in our community, and who need support to live life in its fullness. I look forward to working alongside a wonderfully dedicated and skilled group of people as we continue to reinvigorate our commitment and deliver our services to the people of Wellington. May the presence of God in Wellington be very real and evident as the Wellington City Mission works even more effectively to serve the people of our community and make a difference in their lives in real and practical ways.”

Murray’s appointment comes after Michelle Branney, who had been The Wellington City Mission’s Chief Executive for eleven years, finished her role in February. Michelle’s resignation prompted The Mission’s Board to review the leadership structure of the organisation, which has for the last 20 years had separate roles for CEO and City Missioner. They decided to fold the two roles into one and recruit a single leader for the organisation, called the City Missioner. This decision is reflected in The Mission’s history, and also in the leadership of the City Mission’s sister organisations in Auckland and Christchurch.

The Wellington City Mission’s Board Chairman Rev Jon Hartley says: “Following a very robust external recruitment process, The Wellington City Mission Board is thrilled to announce this appointment. Murray’s energy, experience, and vision, along with his strong faith, give us confidence in his ability to lead The Mission in this new role and tackle the increasing needs for our services in the Wellington region in the years ahead.”

Since Michelle finished in her role in February, The Mission has been guided by its senior leadership team and Board while the recruitment process took place. Tric Malcolm, the Missioner under our current structure, will continue for a period to support Murray.

The Mission is excited about the ways that Murray will contribute to the organisation going forward as they continue helping Wellingtonians in need, when they need it most.


The Hurricanes Announce The Mission as 2017 Charity Partner!

The Hurricanes are on a mission to help some of the most disadvantaged members of the Wellington community after announcing The Wellington City Mission and Eat My Lunch as the club's official community partners.

Partnership launch photoHurricanes players join The Wellington City Mission staff including chief executive Michelle Branney (centre) and Eat My Lunch co-founders Lisa King (fourth from left) and Michael Meredith (blue shirt) to announce the launch of a new community partnership for 2017. PHOTO: Dave Lintott Photography

We are so excited to be partnering with the Hurricanes and look forward to the opportunities the relationship brings to make a difference in our community. To celebrate the launch of this new partnership, 4 players from the Hurricanes spent time at The Mission on Friday 17th March, helping distribute food packs to those in need from our Drop-in Centre, and assisting with food preparation for our Neighbours Day event. 

Special Family Screening of Beauty And The Beast

The Mission had a great time at our special family screening of the new Beauty and the Beast movie on Saturday 1 April 2017! Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and came along – we really enjoyed watching this great new movie with you all.

Belle and City Mission team

Special thanks to Disney for sponsoring some amazing spot prizes and The Costume Cave Ltd for dressing our Belle! 


First City Mission Store Opens!

Our brand new charity shop is now open! Come for a nosey at the City Mission Store – on the corner of Taranaki and Abel Smith Streets.

Inside you’ll find quality recycled goods, at truly affordable prices. Not only that, everything you buy or donate helps The Wellington City Mission continue supporting those in need in our community.

We collect donated goods, call 0800 245 542. Find out more here!


Fish & Ships!

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We held Fish & Ships on 12 February 2016 - the incredible one-of-a-kind fundraising lunch in partnership with Royal New Zealand Navy.

Nearly 400 guests climbed aboard the magnificent HMNZS Canterbury for a fancy fish-themed lunch – served under a massive marquee on the Canterbury’s deck.

Our sincere thanks to the Royal NZ Navy, Ruth Pretty Catering, and all the businesses and organisations that supplied equipment, food, and auction items. Our thanks also go to emcee Peter Biggs, auctioneer Chris Gollins, and the students of Samuel Marsden Collegiate Schooland Rathkeale College who served our guests. Thanks also to everyone who bought tickets to the event, and bid on the auction items!