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.
There is an interfaith environment at Mercy Villas. Every denomination from Catholicism to the Salvation Army is represented in the community.
Mercy Villas are located in a beautiful quiet part of Upper Hutt. There are 41 one bedroom rental units huddled together like a little village on a flat landscaped plain.
You can watch a video about the Villas above
“The Villas are on the flat which is an advantage when people can no longer get around so easily and the shops are just across the road” says Sr Clare Vaughan rsm. “It’s easy for us to forget how difficult it is when you can no longer drive. It’s part of our ethos to support independent living. We are not an aged care facility in the traditional sense. We don’t offer any services on site. We encourage people to seek help from other agencies when they need it. Over the years, Warren Jennings has developed a good relationship with our tenants and keeps an eye out for them. What we offer is an environment of security and freedom with a community feel.” This nurturing of freedom is seen in the individual flower gardens that people cultivate with pride.
Shirley has lived in her villa for 2 years. “I was a volunteer at the hospice for 16 years before I came here” she tells me. “I saw the idea of mercy working when I was at the hospice. All those volunteers working together, you don’t get that without having a special spirit.”
Warren Jennings, Property Manager, shows me around the gardens. He is justifiably proud of the peaceful landscaping. He points out an area of trees, “I planted those so that in autumn and winter the colours work together. I had to dig up asphalt to get it started around this section.”
“If they want to interact with others they can but the villas give them freedom not to if that’s what they want. We do have some organised activities here during the week for those who wish to participate but when we have an afternoon tea gathering almost everyone turns up. Generally, people respect each other and we have a sense of community here.”
“We are encouraging independent living for people and are here to support them in making that big transition to a new phase of their lives when they decide to leave their homes and make a community with us.” – Sr Clare Vaughan rsm.