Auckland’s new City Missioner
22 February 2021
The Auckland City Mission has appointed a new City Missioner ahead of the upcoming departure of Chris Farrelly, who has held the position for the last five years.
Helen Robinson is currently the Mission’s General Manager of Social Services and will take up her new role on 2 April 2021. She has a wealth of experience in social services and has spent almost a decade working with the Mission.
In the last four years, Helen has overseen the development of the Housing First programme and opening of two transitional housing programmes, one specifically for women. She has led significant improvements in all services to provide a dignified experience for people needing the Mission’s support.
Helen has also held leadership roles in the Mission’s homelessness and food security teams. Alongside her practical work, she researched food insecurity in New Zealand and helped set up Kore Hiakai, a national food security collective which she currently co-chairs.
A Victoria University graduate in law and social policy, Helen recently (2019) completed a Master’s in Social and Community Leadership.
In announcing Helen’s appointment, Board Chair Joanna Pidgeon said the Board was delighted to welcome a successor to Chris Farrelly who had all the qualities needed to ensure the Mission continues its transformational work.
She said Chris would be missed for his visionary and compassionate approach. His biggest legacy would be the Mission’s most ambitious project to date, HomeGround, which is due to open later this year.
“Chris is an exceptional leader who has expanded and improved services exponentially, to provide greater and more sophisticated support to more people in desperate need. Under his guidance, the organisation has also taken a lead in exploring long-term solutions to the societal issues of homelessness, food insecurity, addiction and affordable healthcare.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Chris for all he has achieved for the Mission. And we look forward to welcoming Helen into her new role.”
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