Community Building

The Christchurch Methodist Mission makes a difference in the lives of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in schools and communities. Our Wellbeing and Community Response teams are skilled in responding to a range of needs within the community. They work alongside people in places they feel most comfortable, be it their schools, homes or elsewhere. In Ōtautahi Christchurch, we run dedicated projects in East Christchurch, in an effort to promote community and encourage resilience in these lower socio-economic areas.



You Matter to Us

Crime can be reduced and neighbourhoods made safer. You Matter to Us has proved it. This community initiative by CMM and other organisations has cut crime and police call-outs and increased the sense of belonging in two streets in the suburb of Linwood disproportionately affected by crime and violence. Whānau who are part of You Matter to Us live in those streets. You Matter To Us won the 2018 NZ Police ‘Evidence Based Problem-Oriented’ Policing Award. It became New Zealand’s entry for the Herman Goldstein Award, a prestigious award that recognises outstanding policing around the world, and was then named one of five global finalists.


New Brighton

New Brighton is a lively seaside community in Christchurch. CMM works with the New Brighton Union Parish to improve the lives of vulnerable whānau and older people in the New Brighton area. Common themes that are talked about are social isolation, mental health, housing and not knowing to go where for help. CMM also works alongside other organisations in New Brighton to support the residents of New Brighton to build stronger and more resilient communities.


The Blanket Bank

The Blanket Bank is a project of giving and receiving, providing free blankets and bedding for individuals and whānau. Many homes in Ōtautahi are still insufficiently insulated and the costs of heating and bedding are hard for many whānau to manage. We are committed to supporting anyone who can benefit from receiving a package from the Blanket Bank - the only criteria for accessing the service is a need for warm bedding.

You can play an important part in this community initiative as we rely on donations from the general public to maintain stock levels of blankets and bedding!


Pasifika Mamas Support Group

After identifying a need for more support for Pasifika mums in the community, our Community Team established a Pasifika Mamas group that provides support and education for new mamas, hapū mamas and pepes. The group hosts regular meetings and events where all families with pacific members are welcome. For more information and to join their growing online community click here.


Tautoko Hauora

The Tautoko Hauora (Supporting Health) service is funded by Pegasus Health and aims to provide support to individuals who may not be enrolled in a general practice or who may not access their primary healthcare teams as often as needed. Kaitautoko (support workers) work with Māori, Pasifika, CALD, Youth, Rainbow, low income, and those with disabilities to help them resolve some of the barriers that have made healthcare inaccessible.


For more information, please contact:

Andrea Wilson-Tukaki
Community Development Manager
Phone: 021 294 8482