Through our health care facilities including residential aged care, hospice and surgical hospital care we provide a quality and holistic service founded on the vision of Catherine McAuley.
Mercy healthcare entities provide services which continue the healing ministry of Jesus, expressing God’s love and the vision of Catherine McAuley. Especially to those who are vulnerable through age or illness. Through compassion, Mercy offers healthcare which is promoting human wholeness in all its physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects.
Residential aged care, including hospital and palliative care, is a vital part of Mercy’s ministry to older people.
Education is a core work of Mercy for the Sisters and Tiaki Manatū. While few of the Sisters are still in the classrooms, as Proprietor of their five colleges and their special relationship with McAuley College, the Congregation is involved in governance responsibilities at local and national levels.
Mercy education philosophy statements reflect Catherine McAuley’s concerns for the empowerment of women through an education which addresses each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development while challenging them to be women of Gospel justice in their own society.
As part of our work with Mercy Schools we have launched several initiatives to help guide and connect with Mercy Women.
Keeping up with the modern age, the Mercy Women NZ Facebook and LinkedIn pages help us stay connected to our past and present students, staff and other stakeholders. To connect with us and to share in the celebrations of Mercy work within our schools, please go to
Mercy’s community development ministries are committed to the pursuit of social justice and human development in the community. The work of transforming human lives and communities is achieved through Mercy’s core values: Te aroha ki te rawakore reaching out to the poor and vulnerable with a strong emphasis on programmes of empowerment, personal and professional advancement and social advocacy.
A wide range of inclusive services is provided in consultation with Māori and all groups and community agencies.
Lives that are centred in God are well placed for keeping hope alive. Far from being just wishful thinking, that hope is grounded in the very modern perception that God is at work in an unfolding, unfinished universe.
This hard fought for win didn’t come easily and was the result of over twenty years of effort by suffrage campaigners, with Kate Sheppard at the lead.
Kate Sheppard (nee Malcolm) was born in Liverpool in 1847 and migrated to Christchurch in her early twenties. In 1871 she married merchant Walter Sheppard and in 1885 she joined the WCTU, which advocated women’s suffrage as a means to fight for liquor prohibition.
Speaking for a new generation, she argued, ‘We are tired of having a “sphere” doled out to us, and of being told that anything outside that sphere is “unwomanly”. Sheppard travelled the country in her quest, writing to newspapers, holding public meetings and lobbying members of Parliament.
In 1891, 1892 and 1893 Suffrage campaigners drafted a series of petitions calling on Parliament to grant the vote to women. The Suffragettes had gathered more than 32000 signatures from women across the country.
The opposition she faced was strong with Wellington resident Henry Wright writing that, women were ‘recommended to go home, look after their children, cook their husbands’ dinners, empty the slops, and generally attend to the domestic affairs for which Nature designed them’; He also said that women should give up ‘meddling in masculine concerns of which they are profoundly ignorant’. Other opponents of women voting suggested that female voters might be harassed in the polling booths but in fact the 1893 election was apparently the ‘best-conducted and most orderly’ ever held.
Mercy women laid the groundwork with the education of young women through secondary education. They established and operated health care facilities at a time when these facilities were mainly run by men
Since winning the right to vote, women have gone on in New Zealand to be elected Prime Minister and appointed Governor General and Chief Justice. And, this year our female Prime Minister had a baby while in office. We truly have come a long way, and this year is an appropriate time to acknowledge, and recognise the women who paved the way for our future. This is a good time for us to remember to treasure and use our freedom wisely. We must never take it for granted and we must honour those that fought for our right to vote. Its also a great reminder to fight hard for our beliefs and freedoms!
If you want to find out about commemorative events this year the best place to start is the Ministry for Women website http://women.govt.nz/about/new-zealand-women/history/suffrage-125/events-celebrations
We would also love to hear about any events you have planned or take part in. Send your story and photos to email@example.com