July 02, 2020
Mission home aims to uphold Māori mana
The Auckland City Missioner is welcoming a $22 million boost from the COVID-19 infrastructure economic recovery fund to complete its $110 million HomeGround project.
Chris Farrelly says there is unprecedented need in the country, and for the government to say will recognise the most vulnerable speaks volumes.
HomeGround includes 80 apartments offering permanent homes, community spaces, a public cafe and pharmacy, a low-cost medical centre, Auckland’s biggest detox centre, and many other facilities.
"It will be a place of healing for all who come though the door, where there spirits will be healed and their mana is recognised, so we're not building some back street grotty old thing that often people who are poor have to deal with. We're building something that will recognise dignity and provide wellbeing and healing," Mr Farrelly says.
He says the majority of the City Mission’s clients are Māori.
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