1950-1964

1950s

Dish washing at the Mission's hostel in the 1950's.

Dish washing at The Mission's hostel in the 1950's.

The slums were gone. What should The Mission do next? New suburbs bulged with people and stresses, but The Mission continued its work in the inner city.

1955

The Harry Squires Memorial Hostel for the Elderly

The Harry Squires Memorial Hostel for the Elderly - opened in 1955.

Hadfield House, a new residential home for the elderly was opened in Newtown.

1958

Time to improve The Mission's financial position and management.

1960s

Mission Sea Scouts at Oriental Bay, Wellington.

Mission Sea Scouts at Oriental Bay, Wellington.

St Barnabas Babies' Home, Seatoun.

St Barnabas Babies' Home, Seatoun. 

  • A buoyant National economy, with less unemployment, better wages and improved social conditions made The Mission's work seem less relevant.
  • The Mission assumed management of the Pendennis Maori Girls Hostel, Thorndon in 1961.
  • The Mission built a rest home for the elderly at Titahi Bay - The Kemp Home opened in 1963.
  • Court attendances, counselling welfare and relief.
  • A budget management service initiated.
  • Walton House, a boy's hostel, was opened in 1966 and was mainly used by Maori.
  • The St Barnabas Babies Home came under Mission management in 1966, but soon evolved to a child day-care centre.
  • A hospital wing was added to Kemp Home in 1975 and it became known as Kemp Home & Hospital.