Home of Compassion Crèche Talk and Tour
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Home of Compassion Crèche Talk and Tour

“Without a doubt, the best run day nursery in Wellington.”* Come and discover the stories of Aotearoa’s longest-running crèche.

The desperate social conditions that led to the founding of the crèche by Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa in 1903, will be explored by historians from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Sisters of Compassion will tell just some of the stories of care and community that happened inside the walls of the crèche buildings at Buckle and Sussex Streets.

Following the talk there will be a guided tour and time to explore the 1914 historic crèche that is now home for the Pukeahu Education Centre.

Limited to 30 people.

*Quoted in ‘Crèches and early childcare’, URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/culture/creches-and-early-childcare, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 14-Jan-2020.


Booking is required. Book by emailing events@compassion.org.nz or phone 04 383 7769.

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

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: Koha for the Compassion Soup Kitchen

The Sisters of Compassion Ngā Whaea O Pūaroha & Manatū Taonga / Ministry of Culture and Heritage

The Sisters of Compassion Ngā Whaea O Pūaroha were founded by Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa at 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. Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, works to enrich the lives of all New Zealanders by promoting a confident and connected culture.

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