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City Mission to build new community hub, with 35 housing units and a free social supermarket

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The Wellington City Mission announced today that the Government is making a $10 million grant from its “shovel ready” fund, as a contribution to the cost of building a transformative community hub which will include 35 housing units in Oxford Terrace.

The Mission states:

For 116 years, The Wellington City Mission has been there for people and now, we are embarking on a significant building re-development project for Wellington: Whakamaru – more than a roof.

Whakamaru is a response to the shared need to create a mana-enhancing community. This is a building project which is about building more than walls and a roof. We’re creating a transformative community hub for all Wellingtonians in the heart of our city.

The building project ‘Whakamaru’, a name gifted by Mana Whenua meaning “to shelter, to safeguard, to protect”, is set to be a game changer for the Wellington region.

Through Whakamaru we will provide homes with 35 supported transitional housing units, encourage social interaction through a community café, enhance dignity through a free social supermarket, create community engagement through extensive volunteering, and provide a new and better equipped home for the Wellington City Mission.

We’re delighted the Government have announced a contribution of $10 million in support for the construction of Whakamaru. The $10 million injection is part of the Government’s ‘shovel-ready’ programme and is part of a pipeline of infrastructure projects that have public or regional benefits, create jobs and are ready to get underway.

The building of Whakamaru also presents social and economic benefits for the Wellington region by creating 120 jobs and generating a minimum of $12 million to the Wellington economy during the construction phase.

With construction due to commence in April, we are also grateful to have received support from the Wellington City Council, and from generous individual philanthropists and business owners in Wellington.

Whakamaru will give us a greater platform to be there for people in Wellington, along with providing greater opportunities for community involvement. This will allow us to create a community that cares of itself, which will be transformational for the Wellington region. The project is due for completion in September 2022 and we look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress along the way and inviting you to be a part of Whakamaru.

The Wellington City Mission still have an amount to fundraise to complete the project.


  1. Brian Dawson, 28. September 2020, 10:40

    Good to see! Justin Lester and I secured $500k council funding to get this off the ground. Also good to see this part of the city being claimed for housing. [via twitter]

  2. Codger, 28. September 2020, 14:21

    “off the ground” is surely an exaggeration if it’s only “shovel-ready”. [It seems to be redevelopment of a building that already exists … on the ground.]

  3. Gregor Thompson, 30. September 2020, 14:30

    “The Wellington City Mission still have an amount to fundraise to complete the project.” Does anyone know exactly how much is needed?