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Kia ora! The Lifewise Community Sleepout is your chance to create and host your own Lifewise fundraiser!

The Lifewise Big Sleepout is our annual flagship fundraising event, held in Auckland and Rotorua. We appreciate that it’s held on one day of the year and in two very specific locations, and we don’t want that to keep you from showing your support for people experiencing homelessness. Now you can create and host your own fundraising event, on the night of your choice, in a location of your choice, anywhere in New Zealand, to support Lifewise’s innovative, preventative work to tackle homelessness.

To get started, we have provided all the resources and information you need on this website. Have a look around, check your calendar, consider where you could “sleep rough” for one night within your own community, and join us in our mission to end homelessness in New Zealand once and for all.

Meet Our Community Rough Sleepers


The Big Sleepout is Lifewise’s annual flagship fundraising event. The event is also a key opportunity to raise awareness of homelessness in our communities as well as at a national level.

Stripped of their creature comforts, leaders and influencers from business, community and political spheres in Auckland and Rotorua spend one night on cold concrete, gaining an insight into what it means to sleep rough. Their commitment is rewarded by donations from family, friends, colleagues and the public. Every dollar raised goes towards Lifewise’s work towards ending homelessness.

Funds raised through the Big Sleepout have funded some of Lifewise’s most innovative work Including social enterprise Merge Café on Auckland’s iconic Karangahape Road, Lifewise’s Intensive In-Home Parenting Support in Auckland, and the Housing First programme that has gone on to be adopted by the government in both Auckland and Rotorua.

Apart from experiencing what it’s like to sleep rough on cold hard concrete, participants of the Lifewise Big Sleepout also have the opportunity to meet with inspiring people who have survived and escaped homelessness. Thanks to the calibre of Lifewise Big Sleepout participants, the event also becomes a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity outside of a boardroom environment, bringing together some of the country’s top leaders and influencers.

The Lifewise Big Sleepout 2019: Over 150 people joined the Lifewise Big Sleepout to "sleep rough" on a cold winter's night. How many will come to your Lifewise Community Sleepout?

Who will be a part of your Community Sleepout?

It's a great activity for schools, an interesting team-building exercise for colleagues in the workplace, and an inspirational community-building event for your organisation or neighbourhood. And you can get started right away by clicking on the Register Now button.

The Lifewise Rotorua Big Sleepout 2015: Our very first Lifewise Big Sleepouts in Auckland and Rotorua were in a parking lot. Where will you host your first Lifewise Community Sleepout?

Lifewise Big Sleepout 2017: Over the years, "rough sleepers" at the Lifewise Big Sleepout enjoyed delicious kai catered by Lifewise Merge Cafe. What will your "rough sleepers" have for dinner?

What does "sleeping rough" achieve? Your Lifewise Community Sleepout can support life-changing, innovative outcomes such as our social enterprise Merge Café on Auckland’s iconic K' Road, our Intensive In-Home Parenting Support programme, and the Housing First programme that has gone on to be adopted by government in Auckland and also Rotorua.


Lifewise is an Auckland-based community social development organisation, which develops new ways to solve challenging social issues, and work with families, older people, people with disabilities, and people at risk of homelessness to turn lives around. Lifewise’s roots trace back over 150 years ago within the Methodist Church of New Zealand, and the organisation has since changed and developed to meet the needs of New Zealanders as our country grows.