Who We Are

The Wellington City Mission is a charitable trust affiliated to the Anglican Church. It has been helping Wellingtonians in need for over 110 years, beginning in 1904 when it was part of St. Peter’s Church. In 1929, an Act of Parliament established The Mission as a separate entity.

The Mission prides itself on being open to anyone who needs assistance – regardless of their religious belief, age, ethnicity or social background. Our four Mission programmes (Families, Youth, Independence, and Seniors) assist a range of people living in Greater Wellington’s communities. The Mission also operates an elder care residential facility (Kemp Home & Hospital).

Our Vision:


People and communities empowered, transformed, experiencing fullness of life.

Our Mission:


Centred on Christ’s compassion, we seek to achieve fullness of life for those who are at risk or struggling in the Greater Wellington region.

Our Values:


Arohatanga: We are Christ-centered, guided by Christ’s compassion, reflecting on what Jesus would do in everything we encounter.

- Luke 10: 27 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.”

Haumanu: we seek restoration and fullness of life for all we engage with.
- Colossians 1: 19 & 20 “for in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him to reconcile to himself all things…”

Tumanako: We are bearers of hope, nurturing hope within ourselves, holding hope out for others, enabling others to claim their own hope. 
- Hebrews 6: 18 "We have run to God for safety. Now God’s promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us."

Mana Motuhake: responding from a place of self-containment we seek to empower others, recognising, being sensitive to and celebrating their diverse backgrounds and worldviews.
- Galatians 3: 28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Manaakitanga: we practice generosity and hospitality, recognising that all are invited to the banquet.
- Hebrews 13: 2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for some have entertained angels in doing so.” 

Whanaungatanga: we are Whanau /family to each other and to those who seek our assistance. We create a sense of belonging in all we do, developing connection and community that is lasting.
- John 19: 26 7 27 “when he saw  his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Mother, behold, your son.” Then he said to his disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home."

Whakatautoko: We advocate and lift up the voice of those whose voices are not heard.
- Proverbs 31: 8 & 9 "Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Whakakaha: We are courageous.
- Psalm 31: 24 "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord."

Kaitiakitanga: we are guardians and caring stewards of all entrusted to us.
- Psalm 24: 1 "The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it."

He ahi-ka-roa: We are committed to being there for the long term in order to journey well with others and to be participants in the transformation we seek.
- Hebrews 13: "8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." 

For  an in-depth look at The Mission and our programmes, and reports and statistics from the 2015-16 year, please download our Annual Review booklet from the sidebar to the right. To see historic Annual Review booklets, visit our Annual Review page here.