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.
Moving UP and Moving Forward is a new, free, course starting 13 February for the people of Tamaki and being offered by Te Waipuna Puawai’sGrowing Financial Independence in Tamaki (g – fit) programme. If you are thinking of improving your whānau’s income by training for, or getting a job, then this is an opportunity to start following your dreams and your journey to a better future. Moving UP and Moving Forward is a chance to explore your future options, identify your strengths and get support with moving past those barriers holding you back. Call or text Melissa on 0800 874 348 to register.
Te Waipuna Puawai Mercy Oasis is a thriving community development initiative of the Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa. It was established in 1999, building on a decade of highly respected community development work in Glen Innes. Te Waipuna Puawai weaves together three important strands to create a mercy approach:
Papatuanuku – a strong commitment to fostering earth awareness and responding to the call to heal the environment.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and to working in ways that work for Māori whānau and communities.
Tikanga Atawhai – the practice of Mercy values
Through these strands Te Waipuna Puawai are committed to working with and alongside women, children and families living on the margins of our society. Their aim is to improve lives of families by providing family support services and adult education.
Te Waipuna Puawai build supportive relationships with whānau by connecting them with others in the local community and developing a pathway to achieve and celebrate their goals. Te Waipuna Puawai are actively involved in Tamaki community-building initiatives, visioning processes and networking activities. Tamaki (g–fit) is a programme pivotal to Te Waipuna Puawai in its community outreach.
As the name suggests, Growing Financial Independence in Tamaki (g–fit) is a programme to help the people of Tamaki to increase their financial wellbeing and a brighter future for their whānau. The Coordinator, Susan Scofield, is happy to give you more information – contact her on 027 569 9506.