It’s time to Pack The Bus!

Press Release – Wellington City Mission

The Wellington City Mission and event partners The Breeze, are excited to announce the dates of our annual Go Pack The Bus Christmas toy and food appeal.
Media Release
It’s time to Pack The Bus!

The Wellington City Mission and event partners The Breeze, are excited to announce the dates of our annual Go Pack The Bus Christmas toy and food appeal.

From Monday 21 November through to Friday 2 December, a Christmas-themed Go Wellington bus will be visiting schools and supermarkets right throughout the Greater Wellington region, collecting Christmas toys and food for families in need. The Breeze, are once again supporting this event through providing celebrities, entertainment and a whole lot of Christmas fun!

Pack The Bus is a great way to help families that may not be as fortunate as the rest of us, and will ensure even families having a tough time, can experience the joy of giving. The Mission works hard every day of the year to help families who are struggling to achieve a quality life, but Christmas can be particularly stressful for many families.

Last Christmas, thanks to events such as Pack The Bus, The Mission distributed over 1,000 Christmas food parcels amongst users of The Mission and other social services in the Greater Wellington area.

Please help us Pack The Bus again in 2011!
Every day at 10.20am, The Breeze team will announce where the bus will be that day, so you can grab your pressies and head to the collection spot that suits you.

Here are just a few suggestions for things The Mission would like help to collect again this year:

Christmas items:

Small Christmas Cakes
Christmas Mince Pies (6 packs)
Christmas Puddings
Tinned Fruit
Christmas Crackers
Confectionery (lollies, candy canes, chocolates)
Tinned Meat


(new toys only please – and unwrapped – so we know which gender and age the toys are suited to)

Art equipment
Educational books
Beach/picnic/water toys
Outdoor sports gear
Board games

Please don’t forget to listen to The Breeze every morning at 10.20am to find out where the bus will be heading that day! The Breeze will also be updating the Pack The Bus journey daily from the bus itself on their Facebook page –

A current schedule of the places Pack The Bus will be visiting with times and addresses can be found at

Special thanks to Go Wellington/Valley Flyer, Intercontinental Wellington, Forsyth Barr, Harvey Norman, Wellington International Airport and Toyworld Wellington for their support of Pack The Bus this year.

Pack The Bus schedule as at 2.30pm Friday 18 November:

MONDAY 21st Wainuiomata/Petone
10:30am Meet Bus
11:00 – 11:15am Konini Primary School, 28 Konini Street, Wainuiomata
Any time Wainuomata Countdown, 12 The Strand, Wainuiomata
1:30pm – 1:45pm ACM Currency Management, 14 Tyres Road

Entertainment – Kapa Haka, Alma Hutt City Council
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

TUESDAY 22nd Khandallah/Johnsonville/Tawa
10:30am Meet Bus
10:45am Wadestown School, Purakau Ave, Wadestown
11:15am Churton Park Kindy, 88 Churton Drive, Churton Park
11:30am Churton Park School (next door to Kindy)
12 noon Johnsonville Countdown, 31 Johnsonville Road and Churchill Drive
Countdown, Crofton Downs
1:15 – 1:30pm Paparangi School, 57-59 Beazley Ave, Paparangi
Entertainment – Fairy Trina
Staff Alicia Stu/Annie/Santa plus Karen and Megan from The Mission

WEDNESDAY 23rd Brooklyn and Eastern Suburbs
10:30am Meet Bus
10:45am St Francis De Sales School, 11 Mersey Street, Island Bay
11:00 – 11:45am New World, Medway Street, Island Bay
12 noon Weta Workshop, 1 Weka Street, Miramar
12:15ish Aotea Pathology, 89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro

Entertainment – Nick Tansley
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

THURSDAY 24th Hutt Valley (Nth SH2) Upper Hutt
Early start 10:15am Meet Bus
10:40am Silverstream School, Whitemans Road, Upper Hutt
11:15am Eastern Hutt School, 83 Kings Crescent, Lower Hutt
12 noon Totara Park School, California Drive, Upper Hutt
12:30pm Countdown Upper Hutt then onto Countdown Maidstone
1:30pm Pinehaven School, Forest Road, Pinehaven, Upper Hutt

Entertainment TBC
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

FRIDAY 25th Tawa and Porirua (Nth SH1)
10:30am Meet Bus
11am Toyworld, Porirua Mega Centre
11:30am Hampton Hill School, Rimu Street, Tawa
Lunch time Dressmart Tawa, Main Road, Tawa

Entertainment – The Ukulele Institute
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa plus Leanne from The Mission

MONDAY 28th Karori/Wellington CBD/Ngaio (West)
10:30am Meet Bus
10:45am Kelburn Normal, Kowhai Road, Kelburn
11:15am Otari School, 166 Wilton Road, Otari
12 noon Karori West Normal, Allington Road, Karori
12:30ish Karori New World, Raine Street, Karori
12:30ish Karori Countdown, Raine Street, Karori

Entertainment TBC
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

TUESDAY 29th Brooklyn/Owhiro Bay/Island Bay
10:30am Meet Bus
10:45am Owhiro School, Happy Valley Rd, Owhiro Bay
11:20am Te Aro School, 360 The Terrace, Opp. The Mercure
11:45am – 12pm Brooklyn School, 58 Washington Ave, Brooklyn
12:15 – 12:30pm Capital Kids Co-operative Childcare, 16 Hugh Street, Mt Cook
1pm Countdown Kilbirnie, Onepu Road then 2pm Kilbirnie School, 72 Hamilton Road, Kilbirnie
2pm Kilbirnie School, 72 Hamilton Road, Kilbirnie
Anytime Warehouse Lyall Bay, Airport Retail Park

Entertainment – Fairy Trina
Staff Stu, Alicia, Annie Santa plus Sharon Howlett from The Mission

WEDNESDAY 30th Hutt Valley
10:30am Meet Bus
10:40am Queen Margaret College, 53 Hobson Street, Thorndon (off M/Way)
11:20am – 11:30am Normandale School, 16 Martin Grove, Normandale, Lower Hutt
12 noon Wellesley School, 611A Marine Drive, Days Bay, Eastbourne
12:30pm Wilford School, William Street, Petone
1pm Pak N Save Petone, Cnr Jackson and Victoria Streets, Petone then onto Lower Hutt Pak N Save
1:45pm – 2pm Birchville School, 16 Gemstone Drive, Upper Hutt
2.30pm Southern Cross Hospital, 90 Hanson Street, Newtown

Entertainment – The Ukulele Institute
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

THURSDAY 1st Johnsonville/Tawa (Nth SH1)
10:10am Meet Bus
10:20am New World Thorndon, 41 Murphy Street, Thorndon
10:45 – 10:50am Tawa School, Oxford Street, Tawa
11:30 – 11:45am Ngaio School, Abbott Street, Ngaio
12 noon – 12:15pm Cashmere School, 110 Cashmere Ave, Khandallah
1:30pm Karori Normal School, Donald Street, Karori

Entertainment – The Ukulele Institute
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

FRIDAY 2nd CBD and final drop off
10:30am Meet Bus
10:45am Tourism New Zealand, Midland Park
11:30am – 11:45am Marsden Karori, Vera Street entrance
12:30pm Clyde Quay School, Elizabeth Street, Mt Victoria
1:20pm NZ Defence Force, Defence House, Aitken Street
Later Kilbirnie Pak N Save, Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie
Entertainment TBC
Staff Stu/Annie/Santa

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