Our Mahi

Wesley Community Action is a creative change organisation that works in communities and with whānau across all ages and stages within the wider Wellington region.  We run services, design new initiatives and support and partner with people and groups doing great work to sustain whānau and communities to live lives that they value. Our mahi is based at seven sites in the greater Wellington region.

Five foundations for a good life

Our mahi spans five inter-related foundations for a good life:

Through Te Hiko, our Centre for Community Innovation, we work alongside communities to help turn the sparks of community innovation turn into flames of creative change. These initiatives work across the five foundations for a good life.

At Wesley Rātā Village in Naenae we are working with the local community to build an intergenerational community that supports the five foundations for a good life.

Connected and supportive whānau

Our work supporting connected and supportive whānau spans the whole life cycle, from pēpi (babies) and new parents to kaumātua / seniors. We also work with rangatahi (teenagers and young adults) and with wāhine and tāne who are looking for connection, support, challenge and growth.

Tamariki and their carers

Family Start

Mana Whānau

Social Worker in Schools

Strengthening Family Wellbeing

Kaumātua / seniors

Te Waka Haumaru, our older persons team, works alongside vulnerable and lonely kaumātua and kuia so they can stay living safely and well in the community and enjoy social connections with others. The team is responsible for three programmes:

Ageing Well Network

Elder Abuse Response Service

Supported Independent Living

Rangatahi, wāhine and tāne

Healthy whānau can be supported by focusing attention on the needs and aspirations of rangatahi, wāhine, and tāne. We work in partnership with these groups to co-design and host a range of unique initiatives.

New Zealand P-Pull

Aotearoa Pasifika Mens Group

Hurihanga: The Broject and Rangatahi


Te Roopu Tiaki Rangatahi (TRTR)

Community arts programme

Financial stability

Our work to build financial stability creates opportunities for local people to develop and drive initiatives that help grow and sustain wealth within their own community. The goal is to support a local economy that enhances the wellbeing of local people and provides opportunities for them to shape, contribute and gain from it. Our work is based on a theory of change developed by a wide group of people from Porirua East who were looking for ways to address growing levels of debt in their community.  

Good Cents course

Porirua Wealth Pool

Porirua Time Bank


Good kai

Having access to good quality, affordable,  healthy food is a fundamental human right. The focus of our kai work is on addressing the root causes of poverty-related hunger and working with others to build long-term, sustainable solutions that create food security. 

Wellington Region Fruit & Vege Coop

Community Pantry

Kai resilience: Growing good food

Warm, safe and dry housing

We’ve been involved in providing warm, safe, dry affordable housing since the 1950s. We currently provide homes to 95 people in 62 affordable rental properties in the greater Wellington region. 

Social housing

Sustaining Tenancies

A healthy natural environment

We believe that taking action to help nature to heal helps support good health in our social systems. Doing what we can to care for the environment and counteract climate change fits with our kaupapa as an organisation committed to building and sustaining healthy systems.

Team Taiao

Ngahere Korowai

Protecting the ngahere at Wesley Rātā Village

Te Hiko: Centre for Community Innovation

Te Hiko is our koha towards sparking local community economic systems that truly value what makes people’s lives better.

‍We’re always on the lookout for sparks of community innovation that we can help turn into flames. Through Te Hiko we work to understand and create the right conditions for those sparks by supporting the design of new community-led responses. We work to evaluate, measure and share knowledge on what’s working and  what we are  learning.

Wesley Rātā Village is an intergenerational village in Naenae with a special position for seniors/kaumātua.

You can find the Village at 249 Rātā Street in Naenae. It’s the site of the former Wesleyhaven Resthome and Hospital which we ran from 1955 to 2017.

The Village currently has 55 affordable homes It Is also host to a range of regular community activities and it has a number of venues available for hire.

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Wesley Rātā Village