At the Wellington and Auckland City Missions, Christmas looks a bit different in Covid times, The Spinoff reveals. There are no big feasts planned this year, but with the help of donors, the missions are still spreading joy. At one point, Auckland City Mission and its partner sites were distributing 2,500 packages a week. Every week now is still more than double the pre-lockdown level. “We’ve never had to meet a surge for this long, nor this extensive,” says Auckland city missioner Helen Robinson.