Walking Tour of Suzanne Aubert’s Wellington
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Walking Tour of Suzanne Aubert’s Wellington

Follow the footsteps of Suzanne Aubert, Meri Hōhepa, the woman who will become New Zealand’s first saint, through Wellington city.

Discover the places where this remarkable woman lived out a life of faith and compassion in a practical way, as she tended to the most pressing social needs of the day. The tour begins at Suzanne’s Historic Crèche (now the Pukeahu Education Centre) in Buckle Street.

This was one of the first successful crèches to operate in New Zealand. Around the corner is the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street, not far from its original location. The response of the Soup Kitchen to hunger and social isolation has been constant since 1901.

Next we will visit St Mary of the Angel’s, the church where Suzanne Aubert’s funeral was held in 1926. Wellington stopped and thousands lined Willis and Boulcott Streets to pay their respects to these extraordinary women who had done so much to help people, regardless of faith or background.

The tour finishes at Parliament. Suzanne walked through this part of town visiting politicians and supporters, and mixing her herbal remedies in Molesworth Street.

Bring your own lunch; a cup of tea will be available at the Soup Kitchen.

Sr Sue Cosgrove, Sisters of Compassion, will lead the tour.

Limited to 15 per tour.

The tour on Saturday 31 October is sold out! Tickets remain for Tuesday 27 October tour.


Booking is required. Email visitorexperiencemanager@compassion.org.nz or phone (04) 282 1953

Location: Tour begins at Pukeahu Education Centre, 18 Buckle Street (off Tory Street), Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Cost: Koha for the Compassion Soup Kitchen

Duration: 3 hours

Contact: visitorexperiencemanager@compassion.org.nz or phone (04) 282 1953

Accessibility: Participants are advised wear suitable footwear and clothing. Suncream will be available for participants

Sisters of Compassion

The Sisters of Compassion, also known as the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion, was founded by Suzanne Aubert at Jerusalem – Hiruhārama on the Whanganui River in 1892. For more than a century the sisters have taught, nursed, and provided homes for children, the sick and the elderly in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

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