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.
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.