Glen Mervyn Junior Red Cross

The Glen Mervyn Red Cross Home at Randwick was operated by the Australian Red Cross from 1974. It took in children whose families were experiencing a range of problems, or who were experiencing health problems. Glen Mervyn Junior Red Cross Home is thought to have closed in the 1980s. TheRead More

Gateway Children’s Home

Gateway Children’s Home, at Lewisham, was set up by the Central Methodist Mission in 1964 as a short-term childcare centre for families in crisis. It had accommodation for 14 children. In 2014, Wesley Dalmar Children’s Services (part of Wesley Mission) ran the premises as Gateway Children’s Cottage (also called GatewayRead More

Weymouth Girls’ Training School

Weymouth was a  national institution school providing long term care it opened in September 1973 in the South of Auckland. Is was designed to meet a proven need for girls who were not able to be placed or treated in community settings such as foster homes or family homes. FromRead More

Campbell Park Boys’ Home

Campbell Park School was established in 1908, it was set on a 350 acres farm at Otekaike in the Waitaki Valley. Campbell Park School was a national residential school for boys of limited ability with personal and social problems. In 1956 the aims of the school were primarily educational. ItRead More

Hokio Boys Home

Opened from 1945-1990, Hokio was situated on the coast. It catered for long stay younger boys, many of whom were considered unsuitable for Boys Home. Most admissions came from Boys’ Homes. The official age range of boys was 10-14 however during 1967, a broad range of ages were admitted rangingRead More

Kohitere Boys Training Centre

The Boys Training Centre campus, including a staff training facility, covered about 5 hectares. Boys progressed through accommodation options: Boys earned more freedom and less supervision as they moved through the accommodation. Problems with accommodating 2 different groups within, namely admissions and absconders. Difficulty arose controlling boys and by noRead More

Holdsworth Institution for Boys

Holdsworth opened in June 1971 as a national training institution for a maximum of 60 boys aged between 8-12 at the time of admission. It aimed to provide social, educational and recreational training for disturbed or disadvantaged boys whose difficulties and behaviours had not been successfully contained by community basedRead More

Florence Booth Girls Home

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Miramar Girls Home

Located at 41 Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington. Miramar Girls Home was a district home that provided short to medium term care and assessment for girl on remand or in need of shelter from the Lower North Island. It was a former hotel that had been converted to a girls home.Read More

Allendale Girls Home

Situated in the suburb of Mount Albert in Auckland. Allendale was a district girls home that opened in 1961. It took girls in from a range of ages from as young as 11 all the way to 19. Most of the residents were state wards and some were picked upRead More

Owairaka Boys Home

Owairaka which opened in 1958 was a short term facility for boys ages 14-17, often those on warrants or on remand from the court. In addition Owairaka housed some state wards awaiting placement. The lack of foster or National Institution placements for many of these boys created problems in delayedRead More

Wesleydale Boys Home

20 Radnor Road – Mt Roskill, Auckland Wesleydale Boys home was originally built in 1955 by the Methodist church, it had the ability to house 63 children.  The Wesleydale boys home officially opened in 1976. The home was to provide for those on a warrant and remand from court asRead More