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About this service

Lifewise works with people experiencing homelessness in the Auckland City Centre area, supporting them so they can lead independent lives.

The heritage of Lifewise stretches back to the 1850s to a humble wooden chapel in what is today central Auckland. From there, local Methodists worked tirelessly with those affected by the social issues of the day – poverty, unemployment, poor housing as well as educational and healthcare deprivation. In 2009, Lifewise was incorporated to deliver the Methodist Mission’s broad range of social and community activity

Lifewise works in collaboration with other organisations to better coordinate services for people experiencing homelessness, preventing them from slipping through the gaps.

We deliver our assistance to the community through the following initiatives:

  • Youth Transition to Adulthood service provides safe housing and support for youth who don’t have a safe or stable place to live. This service is for 17-24-year-olds who either are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have a serious housing need, and encourages self-sufficiency by using the positive youth development approach. Young residents receive opportunities to exercise leadership, build key skills and get involved in their communities.
  • Merge Café is a weekday cafe with great low cost food and drink. It is a community space where you can engage with people who need the services that you provide. The community team offers advice, information and navigational services, as well as support to develop community-led initiatives in the cafe. The team includes peer support and community development staff and volunteers. 

  • The Auckland City Centre Housing First Programme is run by Lifewise and Auckland City Mission and began operating in March 2017. Initially, referrals to the Programme will be made through both agencies as we learn and develop capacity with small numbers. After this initial period, we will begin to take referrals from our partner organisations. The programme focuses on housing those who have found securing housing the most difficult, those who are chronically homeless.

Services at this location

  • Advice
  • Advocacy
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Support Services

Contact Information


385 Queen St

Phone number(s)

09 379 6932


Merge Cafe open Mon - Fri: 7am - 2pm

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