History in New Zealand

The Wellington Samaritans centre opened in May 1965 in the basement of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, with the first phone call greeting of “Samaritans, can I help you?” In 2015, the centre celebrated fifty years of continuous service with a dinner hosted by the Governor General, the Wellington Samaritans’ patron, at Government House in Wellington.

To pay tribute to fifty years of voluntary work by hundreds of Samaritans and the individuals and organisations that have supported us, the Wellington Samaritans commissioned Sue Brown to write a book on our history. The idea for the book was that of Rosie Davis (a.k.a. Rosie 4), an enthusiastic Samaritan, who sadly died before seeing the book published.

The book can be purchased from the Wellington office for $35.00. Please contact Carol now on 04 472 3676 or email wellington@samaritans.org.nz.