Over the last 100 years, the Mission has evolved as society’s needs have evolved – from supporting families after WWI through to the current day supporting people who are experiencing homelessness, living in poverty or suffering physical or mental health issues. As the Mission looks forward to our new century, we are setting up for the future with our new precinct in Hobson Street.
HomeGround will feature apartments for the homeless, community spaces, a public café, a public pharmacy, a detox centre, and many other facilities.
As we commemorate our one hundredth year, a cross section of high profile kiwis have donated their time to a campaign which thanks Aucklanders for their on going generosity and looks ahead to the completion of Homeground.
Checkout the video above and find out more about Homeground here.
‘Agency of Hope is for anybody interested in the history of Auckland, social issues or indeed how an organisation can adapt as society changes.’ — Chris Farrelly, CEO/Auckland City Missioner
Proudly published by Massey University Press in association with the Auckland City Mission, acclaimed historian Peter Lineham’s book Agency of Hope takes readers behind the scenes of the Mission, whose mandate has always been to work on the front line with those most in need.
Our own story has been a colourful and, at times, chequered one, as we had struggled to remain financially viable and to balance pastoral and social work. Peopled with interesting characters, including its flamboyant founder, Reverend Jasper Calder, Peter Lineham’s lively commentary commemorates the work of the Mission in our centenary year.
Supported by scores of church men and women, volunteers, benefactors and fundraisers, the Mission is beloved by many and over the decades, its food parcels, shops, shows, fairs and holiday camps not only catered to peoples’ basic needs, but also provided entertainment and gave them hope.
Sometimes, we even did radical and unexpected things. As author Peter Lineham says, ‘There are some bold moments in the Mission history when it set out against the conventions of the day to reach out to needy and neglected communities, for example, the moment when it created a place of respite and support for AIDS patients at a time when no one would even touch them.’
The role of the Mission in 2020 has never been more crucial, as poverty and precarity have become more deeply entrenched. As ever, we continue to successfully serve the most urgent needs of Aucklanders without discrimination, whether they’re experiencing homelessness, hunger, poverty, mental health or addiction issues.
Chris Farrelly, comments, ‘The Mission’s centennial is a time for reflection as well as looking to our future. Agency of Hope is a remarkable book that delves deep into our history. Peter has woven a wonderful timeline of milestones and brings to life many of the people involved in the Mission’s story.’
Buy your copy today – for yourself or as a special Christmas gift – at https://www.trademe.co.nz/stores/auckland-city-mission
As we mark our centenary, we received a special gift from one of Aotearoa’s favourite sons.
Musician Neil Finn has donated a song to HomeGround – the Mission’s most ambitious project ever.
“I have always been aware of how important the City Mission is in our community representing and supporting everyday the homeless people of Auckland. Now more than ever, as we shelter in place I am reminded that everyone should have a home where they feel safe and be well.” Say Neil.
Proceeds from the track will go to Auckland City Mission.
On 6th June we commemorated the beginning of our centenary by the ceremonial burying of the mauri stone. This precious stone was gifted to the Mission by Ngati Whatua for HomeGround.
The stone carries with it every blessing and hope for the future of our HomeGround building. It holds the life force of the building along with the hope we all hold for Aucklanders in need. The special pre-dawn ceremony was held at the Mission’s future HQ. Missioner Chris Farrelly talks us through the event in the video here
We recently came into possession of an original Auckland City Mission newsletter dated back to 1932. Although the differences are clear, the similarities of the services, many of which are still operating today, are remarkable.
Auckland City Mission was established in 1920 by Anglican Reverend Jasper Calder. The services the Mission provides have changed over time to reflect the city’s evolving social needs. Today, people come to the Mission for many different reasons; some are rough sleepers or people living in cars and inappropriate housing.