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The Methodist Church delivers and supports a range of social services and community led development in Aotearoa New Zealand through its Missions and Parishes.

The Methodist Missions are some of Aotearoa’s largest providers of social services, which includes early childhood education, parenting, social work support, community development projects, budgeting, youth development, social and emergency housing, youth transition housing, Housing First, addiction, disability and mental health services, and residential elder care.  

Although the Methodist Missions are part of the Methodist Church, the services they provide are available to all people regardless of their faith.

The Methodist Missions have a long tradition of providing care and support which started back in 1885, with the first Mission in Auckland.  Today, over 1,200 staff and volunteers support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Aotearoa.

How can cycles of dependency, disadvantage and need be broken?

How can people be enabled to lives lives of dignity and worth?

These are the questions which underpin the work of Methodist Missions and Parishes as they express the love of God in local communities.
From aged care to child care, from Op shops to housing, the services are as varied as the need.

To find out more about the work of each particular Methodist Mission, visit their website below:

Lifewise (Auckland and Rotorua)

Airedale Property Trust (Auckland)

Methodist City Action (Hamilton)

Palmerston North Methodist Social Services

Wesley Community Action (Wellington)

Christchurch Methodist Mission (West Coast, Nelson and Blenheim)

Methodist Mission Southern (Dunedin and Invercargill)

Siaola – Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission

Puna’Oa – Sinoti Samoa Methodist Mission