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Our Structure

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Te Waka Tiaki Mercy Mission Team

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Mercy in action

Catherine McAuley’s vision was for a world where God’s love and mercy are experienced by all. Mercy ministries exist to express God’s mercy by responding to the needs of the societies poorest and most vulnerable. The enduring concerns of Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa are at the heart of each ministry.

Mercy’s work is a ministry. It is not only about delivering services; it is about proclaiming the Gospel and responding to the unmet needs of the poor and most vulnerable in our time. The call of the Gospel and the spirit of Catherine McAuley inspire Mercy’s vision to unfold in transformative action responsive to the emerging needs of today’s society.(taken from Board Charter Tiaki Manatū) 2018.

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Mercy Experience


Love& compassion. In the words of the late Monsignor Henare Tate, “One meaning of aroha is captured in the phrase, I te aroaro o te ha o te Atua -to be in the presence of the breath of God”, that is God at the centre, God who animates me. Aroha is made real in the presence of others and in a relationship, not distant or apart. We reflect this in our work,with people, for people not indirectly or disconnected.


To cause, make create relationship, to enable belonging and inclusion. What we do builds community and a sense and experince of being a part of a human family, not a group or organsiation, but a warmth, a welcome and a commonality of expression, history and language. This principle acknolwedges one’s story, the inter-relatedness of other stories and whakapapa. It listens, holds, honours, and retells story. It can even inform the assignment roles accoerding to the best outcomes for the person and whānau or group. This Spirit keeps and attempts to keep all safe.


A kaitiaki is one who guards, who guides and ensures the safety, spiritually, culturally and personally of people or a cause or group of people. In the traditional sense for Māori it could be an anccestor, or spirit related to the Iwi, Hapu, whānau, or whenua (land) on which they lived. Kaitiakitanga is about ensuring the long term wellbeing of Earth and of whakapapa. It protects as well as defining what is and isn’t in the best intereests of the person or group according to their whakapapa or purpose.

“Yes, love does require a creative, concrete and ingenious attitude. Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has a face. The “you” is always a real presence, a person to take care of”.

Pope Francis enunciated in his TED Talkxiii,

Tiaki Manatū is responsible for the kaitiakitanga/care of the ministries sharing mercy below.

Te Korowai Atawhai Mercy Hospice, Auckland

The Hospice provides services including Specialist care in the community, 13 inpatient beds, a Day programme, counselling, family/spiritual/cultural support, education and training.

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Waiatarua Mercy, Parklands

Waiatarua Mercy Parklands was established in 1990 and is set in peaceful Ellerslie. It is a 24 residential care facility which treats residents with compassion and Mercy values

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Mercy Hospital Dunedin

Owned by Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy NZ,the hospital was established in 1936 and in 1969 relocated to its current site on Māori Hill.

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St Mary’s College, Auckland

The college was established by Sisters of Mercy Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) who arrived from Ireland on 9 April 1850.

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Carmel College, Auckland

In 1957, Sisters of Mercy Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) established Carmel College on the North Shore of Auckland.

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St Catherine’s College, Wellington

The school was originally founded by the Sisters of Mercy Te Whanganui-a-Tara
(Wellington) in 1919. In 1950, St Catherine’s College was established.

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St Mary’s College, Wellington

Bishop Viard established the college in 1850 as a Catholic school for girls. St Mary’s College Wellington is the oldest girls’ school in Wellington.

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Villa Maria College, Christchurch

The Sisters of Mercy Ōtautahi (Christchurch) opened the college on 18 February 1918 with 14 pupils enrolled.

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Te Ngākau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre

Te Ngākau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre is set in peaceful grounds in Epsom, Auckland. It provides retreats, seminars and is a space used by counsellors and those looking for a spiritual experience away from the bustle of daily life.

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Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives for Rangatahi

Established in 2001, Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives for Rangatahi is based in Ranui, West Auckland.

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Te Waipuna Puawai Mercy Oasis, Ellerslie

In 1999 Te Waipuna Puawai opened its doors in Ellerslie to the Glen Innes and Pt England communities.

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