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Auckland City Mission Media Releases

Keep up with the Mission’s latest media releases and commentaries – posted here as they’re released. For media queries, please email Alexis Sawyers, DDI: 09 303 9780.

30 January 2015 Media Release

Runner on a Mission
East Tamaki Heights resident Maes Shukur is running to help Aucklanders in desperate need in the 2015 Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

23 December 2014 Media Release

Auckland City Mission to host 2500 Aucklanders at annual community Christmas lunch
The Auckland City Mission is gearing up to host 2500 Aucklanders at the annual lunch on Christmas Day at the Viaduct Events Centre.

18 December 2014 Media Release

Mission under pressure in final lead-up to Christmas
With Christmas only a week away, the Auckland City Mission is desperately short of donations as thousands of Aucklanders living in desperate need stretch their resources to the limit.

5 December 2014 Media Release

Help light up Auckland with generosity this Christmas
The Auckland City Mission has experienced a sharp increase in demand for its services in 2014 and needs your help to support families in desperate need this Christmas.

31 October 2014 Media Release

Motorcycle Man on a Mission
Onehunga resident Jason Shaw wanted to combine his pasion for motorcycles with making a difference to his community, so he came up with the idea of organising a ‘Gold Coin and Can Ride’ in support of the Auckland City Mission.

24 October 2014 Media Release

City Mission and Papakura Marae celebrate first year of food bank partnership
For the past year the Papakura Marae, through its partnership with Auckland City Mission, has been able to provide Papakura families in desperate need with nutritionally balanced food parcels.

23 October 2014 Media Release

Dynamic Duo going the extra mile to support those in desperate need
Auckland City Missioner, Diane Robertson and Auckland City Mission Foundation Chair, Rob Campbell are going the extra mile in their support of Aucklanders in desperate need by signing on as part of the Mission’s Auckland Marathon Team.

1 October 2014 Media Release

Comedic talent gearing up for epic “street cook off” on World Homeless Day
This October 10th World Homeless Day will be observed in over 100 countries.

June 19 2014 Media Release

Community food bank partnerships a way forward for City Mission
The Auckland City Mission is changing the way in which it operates its food bank services in South Auckland to enable people in desperate need to benefit from food bank partnerships in their local communities.

April 4 2014 Media Release

Auckland City Mission Calling Runners to Join Its Team in Auckland Marathon to Help Raise Funds for People in Desperate Need
Auckland City Mission is looking for motivated and passionate people to join its team in this year’s Auckland Marathon to help raise funds for Aucklanders in desperate need.

March 6 2014 Media Release

Funds Raised at Bruce Springsteen Concerts Exceed Auckland City Mission’s Expectations
Auckland City Mission raised a total of $22,326.73 at both Bruce Springsteen gigs held at Auckland’s Mt Smart stadium on Saturday, 1 and Sunday, 2 March.

February 28 2014 Media Release

Volunteers Out in Force at Bruce Springsteen Concerts to Collect Donations for Auckland City Mission
Auckland City Mission volunteers will be out in force this weekend at both gigs of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band to collect donations for the City Mission before, during, and after each performance at Mount Smart stadium.

February 21 2014 Media Release

Clock is Ticking for Bruce Springsteen Ticket Auction in Support of the Auckland City Mission 
Four premium double passes to see the legendary Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band perform, plus VIP access to the backstage lounge, await the highest bidders on the Trade Me auction of exclusive tickets “The Boss” has donated to benefit the Auckland City Mission.

February 19 2014 Media Release

Auckland City Mission to Benefit from Bruce Springsteen Ticket Auction 
The Auckland City Mission is thrilled to announce that legendary rocker, Bruce Springsteen, has chosen the City Mission as his preferred charity during his sell-out High Hopes concert tour of New Zealand on Saturday, 1 and Sunday, 2 March in Auckland.

December 23 2013 Media Release

Auckland City Mission to Host 2500 Aucklanders at Annual Community Christmas Lunch
With Christmas Day only two days away, the City Mission is gearing up to host 2500 Aucklanders at the annual lunch on Christmas Day at the Viaduct Events Centre

December 2 2013 Media Release

Frontline Research by City Mission Paves Way for Innovative Food Bank Partnerships
Families in South Auckland struggling to put food on the table, will be able to access a new partnership food bank at Ngã Whare Waatea marae in Mangere from next week onwards.

November 26 2013 Media Release

‘Become Someone’s Angel’ and Collect for the Auckland City Mission  
The Auckland City Mission’s annual Christmas street appeal takes place throughout Auckland on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 December 2013.

June 27 2011 Media Release

Reliance on food parcels becoming a way of life
‘For 91 years Auckland city Misison has provided food to people in extreme need,’ says City Missioner Diane Robertson, ‘but now reliance on food parcels is becomign an everyday part of life for many people.’

January 7 2011 Media Release

Unprecedented Demand this Christmas
‘Auckland City Mission has been stretched to the limits meeting the huge demand for support this Christmas,’ says City Missioner Diane Robertson. ‘During the four weeks of December, 3,500 people arrived at the City Mission seeking some form of assistance – a figure that translated into support for more than 10,000 individuals.’

December 15 2010 Media Release

Come one, come all – to the Auckland City Mission Christmas Dinner
‘Auckland City Mission is preparing to serve Christmas Dinner to 2,000 people this Christmas Day at the countres largest community Christmas celebration – and everyone is welcome.’

December 2010 Media Release

Mission food stocks at an all time low.
Between now and Christmas day 2,000 people will come to Auckland City Mission seeking emergency help. The food parcels issued will provide hot meals for dinner, cereal for breakfast and fresh bread for lunch to 6,000 Auckland children.’

July 26 2010 Media Release

Ice Mission
‘A mammoth two-tonne block of ice. Four high-security safes holding $40,000 in total. Three state-of-the-art robots shooting fire, water and steam in the hope of breaking through. An undisclosed warehouse location.’more

July 26 2010 Media Realease

Donors generous but food stocks down
‘Blankets and bedding have been flooding into the Auckland City Mission this winter, but food stocks are perilously low. The Mission is appealing to the public to donate cans of food at any ASB branch in the greater Auckland area as part of this winter’s ‘Can-it’ campaign.’

July 21 2010 Media Release

Mission welcomes greater protection for Boarding House tenants
‘Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act extending protections to those living in Boarding Houses have been welcomed by staff at the Auckland City Mission.’

July 7 2010 Foodlink Photo Opportunity and Media Release

Food-banks from Thames to Kaitaia celebrate
‘Representatives from 60 food-banks between Thames and Kaitaia gathered today to celebrate the work of hundreds of food-bank staff and volunteers.’

June 28 2010 Winter Appeal Media Release

Winter weather makes poverty harder
‘There’s no doubt that winter weather makes poverty harder. When the temperature drops warm homes, warm clothing and warm food are not just comfort items.’

June 21 2010 Orange Day Release

Schools supporting Mission to fill food-bank
‘Auckland schools and Urgent Couriers are teaming up with the Auckland City Mission to ease the cold and hunger for Aucklanders who are struggling this winter.’

December 20 2009 Media Release

Auckland City Mission sees a sharp Increase in need this Christmas
‘The Auckland City Mission is seeing a sharp increase in need in the lead-in to Christmas.’

December 16 2009 Dialogue

It’s coming on Christmas
“It’s that time of year when all conversations start with ‘are you ready for Christmas yet?”

November 24 2009 Media Release

MOTAT Asks Visitors to Dig Deep for a Worthy Cause this Christmas
‘The Museum of Transport and Technology is encouraging Kiwis to spread a bit of Christmas Cheer this holiday season by purchasing a gift to donate to MOTATs chosen charities.’

November 9 2009 Media Release

Donations of canned food are being sought from local North Shore business for the Auckland City Mission this Christmas
‘3M New Zealand North Shore is the drop off point.’

October 29 2009 Media Release

Making Christmas a happier occasion for Auckland Children
‘Christmas is set to become a much merrier occasion for many children this year thanks to a gift-giving collaboration between the Auckland City Mission and online retailer

September 23 2009 Media Release

Auckland’s homeless putting down roots with community gardens at Bastion Point
‘A partnership between the Auckland City Mission and Ngati Whatua will  see homeless Aucklanders work in community gardens at Bastion Point to supply fresh vegetables to Orakei Marae and to Mission services.”

August 18 2009 Dialogue

The Changing Face of Food Banks
The City Mission’s social services have experienced a 50% increase in demand for food parcels in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year.”