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News and Events

Charity Partnership with the Hurricanes

Special family screening of Beauty and the Beast!

New On a Mission Magazine

The Entertainment Book 

The Wellington Food Show

City Mission Store Opens!

Fish & Ships 2016        

'Fresh from the Mission' Cookbook                                   

'Fish & Ships' Video                                                                   

'Cooking on a Budget' Video                                                        

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The Hurricanes announce The Mission as Charity Partner for 2017!

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.

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Hurricanes 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. 

Find our more about our partnership with the Hurricanes by clicking here.

Special family screening of Beauty and the Beast!

The Mission is going to the movies! On Saturday 1 April you’re invited to a special family screening of the brand new Beauty and the Beast movie! A remake of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast will be a great watch for the whole family – plus every ticket purchased supports The Mission’s work in the community.

Taking place at 12.45pm at the iconic Embassy Theatre, there will be a sweet treat for every seat, spot prizes up for grabs, and more!

Tickets are only $20 for adults, $15 for children, and $60 for a family of four (max 2 adults). Head to Ticketek for more information or to buy your tickets!

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New 'On a Mission Magazine' Out Now

Click here to read real-life stories from people who have accessed the various social services The Mission is able to provide - thanks to our supporters.

These quarterly magazines are a great way for us to fill you in on the kind of work we’re doing, and how together we can continue effecting positive change within Greater Wellington.

We hope that these stories go some way to show how, by making a regular donation to The Mission, those most in need are empowering themselves to create sustainable futures.

To read or download archival magazines, please click here.

Support The Mission by getting an Entertainment Book membership!

Did you know that you can purchase an Entertainment Book membership through us?

With hundreds of deals at many of Wellington's best restaurants, cafes, attractions, and more, the Entertainment Book is jam-packed with value.

You can get a digital copy for your smart phone, or a traditional hard copy book, and 20% of the price will go towards supporting The Wellington City Mission.

Click here to purchase a membership today, or email for more information.

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The Wellington Food Show 2016

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

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.

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 2016!

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We held Fish & Ships on February 12 - 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!

For more photos, see the photo album on our Facebook page here.


'Fresh from the Mission' Cookbook

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For details on the cookbook, and how to order a copy - please click here.


'Fish & Ships' Fundraiser Video!

We are happy to present another original video! We made this video to share the wonderful fundraising event Fish & Ships - kindly co-hosted by the Royal NZ Navy onboard the HMSNZ Canterbury. (To jump below for more information on the event please click here.

Thanks again to The RNZ Navy, our key sponsors, our guests and Howie Shoot Pictures for sponsoring the video. It was a great day!!!



'Cooking on a Budget' Video

We are delighted to present an original video for the Wellington City Mission!

Popular chefs Annabelle White "The Cuddly Cook" and Mark Gregory - New Zealand's only Michelin Starred Chef, helped the Wellington City Mission by demonstrating to our clients how to cook on a budget.  The class focussed on using ingredients usually found in a City Mission food parcel and everyday leftovers.

The initiative was created and funded by the Goodman Fielder Cares Trust, and was proudly supported by Annabelle White, Mark Gregory, DINEAID, the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Parade.  The video was produced through the support of Howie Shoot Pictures.

A huge thank you to all involved, it was a great afternoon that has given those who attended a confidence boost in the kitchen.

We hope you enjoy the video, and you may even pick up some handy tips and recipies to try for yourself!

 Dine Aid


What is DineAid?

DineAid is a fundraising initiative driven by the New Zealand restaurant industry, which runs every year from 1 November to 31 December.  All funds raised are shared amongst the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch City Mission Foodbanks, with operating costs covered by sponsorships.  Supported by RANZ and HNZ, DineAid guarantees that 100% of all funds raised during this event go to New Zealanders needing a helping hand.

During November and December each year, participating restaurants offer guests the opportunity to add $2 per dining account toward the three Missions.  The gift is voluntary, and it may also be adjusted - any amount will be accepted.

How does it work?

Restaurants programme their tills with a button which adds a $2 donation.

At the end of the two months, restaurateurs print out the total of donations, write a cheque and send it to DineAid.

What does DineAid achieve?

2008 was the first year of DineAid in New Zealand, with $56,000 shared out amongst the three recipient charities. The Wellington City Mission has received nearly $45,000 in the three years we have been a recipient charity for this event.  This money has made a world of difference to the operational costs of our Foodbank.

Thank you from all of us at The Mission for your support of this event.  Thanks to you, we received nearly $10,000 for our Foodbank from the 2012 campaign, and are looking forward to DineAid 2013! We are also excited about being a part of the new DineAid Café initiative started at the beginning of October.  Click here for the list of participating cafés.

For more information about DineAid, please visit the DineAid website, click here DineAid.  If you are a restaurant in the Lower North Island and would like to get behind this year's campaign to support The Mission, please contact us on