Our Kaupapa

Our kaupapa is based on our Methodist heritage and our many years of experience working alongside whānau. This has taught us that people respond best when they are respected, have their strengths identified and named, and can use those strengths to make the changes they want.

Our goal is to help sustain communities in which people live lives they value. We support their creativity to foster ecosystems that are just and restorative. We know this requires radical change at all levels. 

We are committed to becoming a kaupapa te Tiriti organisation – one that actively works to honour te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are evolving as we resist the dominant ‘doing to’ people approach (colonisation) to one that supports people ‘to do’ (Rangatiratanga).

Our approach – Te Ara Wēteri

Te Ara Wēteri / The Wesley Way is at the heart of our work. It guides all our relationships, both inside and outside the organisation. 

Te Ara Wēteri is based on four pou / principles and eight touchstones.

Pou / principles

  • Rangatiratanga: Being in control of your own journey
  • Ahurutanga: Creating and maintaining a safe and comfortable space
  • Manaakitanga: Showing respect, generosity and care for people
  • Kaitiakitanga: Seeing people’s abilities and supporting them to achieve their potential.


  1. Viewing whānau as experts in their own lives
  2. Using Te Tiriti as the base for our work
  3. Calling out and challenging injustice
  4. Seeking and using feedback to guide our relationships
  5. Focusing more on what’s working
  6. Being as courageous as the whānau we work alongside
  7. Acknowledging our power and sharing this
  8. Striving to be our best by being open to learning and new whakāro 

Te Ahunga Ki Tua 2023 Ki Te 2035 / Strategic Direction 2023 to 2035

Our strategic direction 2023 to 2035 lays out what we need to do to evolve as a kaupapa te Tiriti organisation to creatively bring about change.

Our whakapapa

Wesley Community Action is a part of the Methodist Church of Aotearoa.  We grew out of the Wellington Methodist Parish and we were incorporated as the Wellington Social Services Trust in  1950. 

Connection to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Methodism has a strong connection to Te Tiriti o Waitangi which is reflected in our commitment to become a kaupapa te Tiriti organisation (an organisation that actively works to honour the Treaty).

Methodist missionaries were among the first Pākehā to live in New Zealand and they played a significant role in facilitating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. The largest signing took place on February 10, 1840 at Mangungu, the Methodist Mission Station in the Hokianga.  

Methodism was established in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington) in 1839 by Minarapa Rangihatuake, a Māori minita-a-iwi (minister of the people). He established the Te Aro Wesleyan Mission and was the first Methodist Minister to lead it. 

A process of evolution

Our work and reach has evolved to respond to changing issues and context. 

We have changed our name several times and increased the number of locations we work from to just one to seven.

Key dates

Annual reports

Find out what we’ve been doing in our most recent annual reports. Click on the images below to read them.

Our accreditations and memberships

We have a range of accreditation and memberships that ensure we remain tika and well connected. 

Our accreditations

  • Level 1 provider with Oranga Tamariki (full audit every two years)
  • Dementia Friendly Award from Alzheimers New Zealand (audited annually)
  • Living Wage Employer  

Our memberships

  • The Methodist Alliance
  • Community Housing Aotearoa
  • NZ Council of Christian Social Services
  • Social Service Providers Aotearoa
  • Inspiring Communities