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Thank you for being someone’s star this Christmas and helping people in need across the Wellington region

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! 


Be someone's star this Christmas and help people in need across Wellington

Website banner Christmas Star Appeal general be someones star2For many of us, Christmas is a season of celebration – where the table is packed with food, gifts are under the tree, and there’s plenty of time to spend with family and friends. But the reality is that not everyone is able to have a Christmas like this. For thousands of people across the Wellington region who are already struggling, Christmas is a time of anxiety, uncertainty and loneliness.

Here at The Wellington City Mission, we think everyone has the right to a special Christmas and to feel hopeful for the year ahead. That’s why we’re asking you to support our Christmas Star Appeal. By making a donation or getting involved in one of our Christmas activities you will “be someone’s star” and help us reach thousands of people in need this Christmas.

There are lots of ways to get involved, including: 

So the question is: whose star will you be? Please get involved through one of our Christmas activities or by making a donation. For more information please visit our special Christmas website today:

Last Christmas hundreds of people across the Wellington region were stars to those who are struggling. Because of this generous support we were able to feed approximately 3,000 people through our Christmas food parcels and provide close to 1,700 children with new gifts! We were also able to distribute donations to another 38 social service agencies across the region. Let's make a difference again!


Thanks for helping people in need this winter 

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Thank you to everyone who got behind our Winter Appeal activities in 2018! It was amazing to see people supporting others through the winter months in so many ways, including through our Brown Paper Bag Collection and The Great Wellington Pick Me Up campaign.

All the goods and funds collected through our Winter Appeal activities have helped to fill our Foodbank and allowed us to continue providing support like hot meals, food parcels, financial mentoring, and in-home social work for people who are struggling. The impact of this support often goes much further than we realise. Along with helping people get through the challenging winter months, it sets them up for a better future too! Thanks for your generosity.


Get involved in our 2018 Winter Appeal now!

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Winter in Wellington has its challenges – from the cold temperatures and the strong southerlies, to the (occasional) horizontal rain. During this season we all have to make some choices about how to keep ourselves and our families warm, safe and healthy. While these choices may be simple for some, for others they are incredibly hard.

There’s the choice to turn the heater on so your family can keep warm, knowing full well that the power bill will be more than you can afford. The choice between getting your kids rain jackets so they can stay safe and dry on the way to school, or putting that money towards groceries for a hearty family meal. Or maybe it’s the choice between taking your sick child to the doctor or paying the rent that week.

Too many families and individuals will face hard choices like these during winter. Please make the choice to help! You can support our Winter Appeal by getting involved in any of these key activities:

With your support, we’ll provide food parcels for families on low incomes so they don’t have to choose between food and heating this winter. We’ll provide financial mentoring to help people avoid falling into crippling debt because they can’t pay a large power bill. Our Drop-in Centre will continue to offer hot meals, daytime shelter and a place of community for people facing social isolation or homelessness.

The impact of this support often goes much further than we realise. Along with helping people get through the challenging winter months, it sets them up for a better future too!

So together, let’s make sure that everyone in the Wellington region can be warm, safe and healthy this winter!


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.


Thank you for being someone's star!

Thank you to everyone who got involved in our 2017 Christmas Star Appeal and made a difference both at Christmas and into the New Year! 


Wellington City Mission Chief Executive Officer Michelle Branney said: “We have been absolutely amazed by the support for our Christmas Star Appeal this year. We’re so thankful to everyone who has got involved – whether you gave food or gift donations, donated financially, bought a star on the Walk of Fame, or helped in one of the many other ways. This generous support is certainly making an incredible difference for many during the Christmas season and will continue to do so well into the New Year.”

This Christmas we were able to deliver close to 1,200 Christmas food parcels – that’s food for more than 3,000 people in total! This is on top of the 350 regular food parcels which we distributed during November and December. Approximately 1,700 children from throughout Greater Wellington also received new gifts. Recipients of the food and gifts are Mission clients, as well as those of 38 other community service agencies The Mission collaborates with such as Red Cross Refugee Services, Newtown Union Health, Te Waka Whaiora, Lower Hutt Family Centre, Kahungunu Whanau Service and Birthright.

On 22 December we also delivered over 100 special Christmas Day Hampers to families on our programmes and to other local services that are supporting people throughout Christmas. These were delivered with the help of the Wellington Phoenix squad and local hero Billy Graham of Naenae Boxing Academy. 

Thank you to everyone who made this possible!


Be Someone's Star this Christmas!

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Last Christmas it was heart-warming to see thousands of people across Greater Wellington come together to be stars to families and individuals in need. Together we made a life-changing difference across our region.

This year we want to make an even bigger difference in our communities, so we’re calling on you to once again “be someone’s star” by getting involved in our Christmas Star Appeal.

Being someone’s star can be as simple as donating funds or food – but the impact you make is tremendous. More than just meeting someone’s physical needs, being a star is about bringing hope, joy, courage and confidence to those who are struggling. By showing them someone cares, you make a difference that lasts long after the Christmas decorations have come down.

So whose star will you be? Get involved in one of our Christmas Star Appeal activities today! Head to to find out more.


A Great Start To The Day

Our third annual Business Breakfast at InterContinental Wellington was a fantastic way to start the day on Friday 28 July 2017. This is an event we look forward to every year as it’s a great chance to get together with key business and community leaders who are passionate about making a difference in Greater Wellington. It’s also an opportunity to host many of our key corporate partners and thank them for their vital support.

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Mission staff and trustees joined attendees at each table to talk about the things they see and do every day, and explain first-hand how their support is truly making a difference. We were also honoured to host Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft as our keynote speaker at the event.

The Business Breakfast is our opportunity to officially present our Annual Review booklet as well. If you’re interested in seeing our 2016–17 Annual Review ‘Stronger Together’, it is now available online here.

Our thanks go to everyone who attended and donated at the Business Breakfast, and to InterContinental Wellington, EndGame and Format Print for their support of the event.


New Winter Appeal Underway  

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Winter comes every year without a choice. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, we all have to get used to the days getting colder and darker.

However for many families and individuals, it’s not so easy to escape the realities of winter. For those who are struggling, the colder months are filled with incredibly hard choices – like heating their home, or getting their children rain jackets for school; taking their sick child to the doctor, or buying hearty, nourishing food.

At the Wellington City Mission we work to take away those hard choices, but we need your help. With your support of our Winter Appeal, we will continue to help struggling families and individuals to be healthy and warm.

Click here to head to our special Winter Appeal page and check out all the different ways that you can be involved.


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.

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


The Wellington Food Show

In May 2016 the Wellington City Mission was honoured to be the charity partner for The Food Show in Wellington for the second year running.

We had a great time at the event meeting people, giving away some fantastic prizes (many donated by generous Food Show vendors) and launching The Brown Paper Bag Appeal!

Over the three days (20 – 22 May) we were able to raise over $3,000, and we drove away with a truck-load of donated stock for our Foodbank and Drop-in Centre too! This will help us feed many families and individuals in Greater Wellington who may otherwise miss out.

Thank you to The Food Show, vendors, and everyone who donated. Check out this video of our time at the Food Show!


City Mission Store Open!

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 2016!

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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!