The Christchurch City Mission is one of the city’s most respected and active caring organisations. It was born during the start of the Great Depression, the last of New Zealand’s Anglican founded city missions. It took root during a time of social upheaval, as Christchurch came to grips with the depression, and then with the outbreak of the Second World War.
Countless Cantabrians have benefitted from the services it provides. Many hundreds of people have contributed to its teams of volunteers, or joined its paid staff. Many more give generously to supporting its operations, sharing its vision, and planning its future.
As the Mission prepares to celebrates its ninetieth birthday, it will finally tell its story. It is a remarkable story of vision, generosity, daring experiment, and fruitful partnerships. The City Missioners have all been people of rare talents and creative energy. They have been served by many people of strong ability and practicality, united in their dedication to the purposes of the City Mission.