1935-1949

1936

Rising confidence and the great depression eases.

1938

Social Security Act, basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing largely assured by the Government.

1939 World War II

 The old army hut that was headquarters for the first boys' club,

The old army hut that was headquarters for the first boys' club, known as the Stop Out Club.

'Social service today is really and truly helping people to live.' Rev. Harry Squires
  • The Fielden Taylor Memorial Hostel (for boys) was opened in Taranaki Street.
  • Youth clubs were started for 'keep fit', boxing and gymnastics.
  • Prison Chaplaincy and court work continued.
  • Marriage conciliation and counselling services were initiated.

1943

Purchase of Riverslea at Otaki - Summer camps for urban families began.

1945

Te Aro

Frederick Street, Te Aro, Wellington, looking west towards Taranaki Street & The City Mission building.

City housing was now of a very poor standard. Wellington City Council produced a redevelopment plan for the Te Aro area.

1945-1949

Post-war shortages, especially housing. Difficult economic conditions.
  • Renewed attention to the elderly - Darby and Joan Club and Home established in Tinakori Road after much fundraising and a 50% government subsidy.