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Manaaki Ability Trust

Manaaki Ability Trust Our aim is to instill lasting enthusiasm for personal achievement, along with the confidence and ability to live and work to your fullest potential!
The Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust was formed in 1981 and has been at the same address for the past 30 years, behind St Mark’s Church at 60 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.

We started life as a trust, operating a sheltered workshop which was formed by parents who were concerned about their intellectually disabled children once they left school.

In 2005 the trust closed the workshop and started to provide a more holistic range of services to our core clientele; people with intellectual disabilities in the Hutt Valley. We have people with sensory and physical disabilities now as well.
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Our services centre around our clients Throughout the past 30 years we have always seen the person with disabilities as paramount to all the services, programmes and activities that we as a trust offer, remembering that it is their lives and their choice. We have worked with families/whanau and caregivers to make this happen and we believe that with our young guns programme we will see another step in the holistic services we are able to offer people with disabilities, and continue the excellent services we provide here in the Hutt Valley

Mission: We aim to develop in our clients a lasting enthusiasm for personal achievement and the confidence and ability to live and work to their fullest potential.

20/12/2018

Here is the timetable of the activities for Have a Go week for the first week back at Manaaki Ability Trust in 2019 ☀️

What an EPIC year it has been at Manaaki Ability Trust! Here are some of our photos from our action packed last 2 weeks!...
20/12/2018

What an EPIC year it has been at Manaaki Ability Trust!
Here are some of our photos from our action packed last 2 weeks! 🎉🙌🎆
See you all back here the 7th of January for “Have a go week” Bring on 2019!
From all the staff at Manaaki Ability Trust we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Jamie Gray, a Firewise Ambassador for NZ Fire and Emergency visited our centre recently for two Firewise session with a ...
13/12/2018

Jamie Gray, a Firewise Ambassador for NZ Fire and Emergency visited our centre recently for two Firewise session with a group of our clients. The group engaged in discussion about how to keep safe when they discover a fire at home and here at the centre. At the end of the second session, the local fire brigade came down from their station with their truck and our clients got to use the hoses from the truck. 👩‍🚒
Also Rochelle and Fay from the Naenae Community Policing team visited us and discussed with the clients how they keep the community safe.At the end of the visit, everyone got to sit in the police car, and even got to try out the sirens. 👮‍♀️
Manaaki Ability Trust would like to thank the local fire brigade and police officers for volunteering their time to visit us.

What an amazing turn out for Outrageous Hat Day! We celebrated Disability Pride Week on the 4th of December by having an...
07/12/2018

What an amazing turn out for Outrageous Hat Day! We celebrated Disability Pride Week on the 4th of December by having an Outrageous Hat Day and BBQ at the centre for our clients and parents 🎩👒⛑
Our guest speaker was Paula Tesoriero, the Disability Rights Commissioner, who also was one of our judges deciding which hat was the most detailed, most colourful and most creative.
Thank you to all who donated and for a fabulously organised day. 🎉🎖☀️

Congratulations to the Champions Fitness Training Group on completing the Pelorus Trust 5KM fun run/walk on Sunday 25th ...
30/11/2018

Congratulations to the Champions Fitness Training Group on completing the Pelorus Trust 5KM fun run/walk on Sunday 25th November. There was 20 competitors for Manaaki Ability Trust on the day, which included family members who also entered the race. Everyone had awesome support to guide them to the finish line and reach their goals. It was great to see family and friends cheer them on, and it was a fantastic day had by all 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🎖 Thank you to all the family, friends and MAT staff for their support on the day.

Join us for Outrageous Hat Day! 🎩 On Tuesday 4th December, Manaaki Ability Trust will be marking NZ Disability Pride ...
27/11/2018

Join us for Outrageous Hat Day! 🎩 On Tuesday 4th December, Manaaki Ability Trust will be marking NZ Disability Pride Week and the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities with an Outrageous Hat Day. Entry musts: a gold coin donation and the most creative, colourful and outrageous hat! There will be prizes on the day and a BBQ lunch 🎖️🌭 Our Guest Speaker is Paula Tesoriero, the Acting Chief Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission who also serves as the Disability Rights Commissioner for New Zealand. Please RSVP to: [email protected] or ring us on: 04 569 3091 by Monday 3rd of December.

The Young Guns had a choice of anywhere they would like for a day out to celebrate a fantastic year. They decided on H2O...
21/11/2018

The Young Guns had a choice of anywhere they would like for a day out to celebrate a fantastic year. They decided on H2O Extreme in Upper Hutt. Using public transport they made their way there as a group and bought lunch at the café. They hit the water without hesitation and had a wonderful time. This fun community experience together was great and there will be many more such events to come. #BringOn2019

20/11/2018

Manaaki Ability Trust is seeking a volunteer with a good command of English and Cantonese to assist us in teaching a client English at our Centre. It would be for only an hour per week.

Please get in contact with us on 04 569 3091 if you can assist.

A few dates to remember for next week. On Wednesday 21st November we will be holding our AGM at 2pm at Manaaki Ability T...
16/11/2018

A few dates to remember for next week. On Wednesday 21st November we will be holding our AGM at 2pm at Manaaki Ability Trust, and on Friday 23rd November the centre will be closed for staff training.

What a fantastic day we had with our friends from WelTec visiting us here at our center.🏢Our clients showed off the a...
28/10/2018

What a fantastic day we had with our friends from WelTec visiting us here at our center.🏢Our clients showed off the art space, directed quizzes and displayed what they learn in social media. There was a chill out room for people to discuss topics, played pool together and even made a shared morning tea which was a HIT!!!🥪 We had a fantastic time getting to make new friends and greeting old friends as well. We would like to say a massive thank you to the students of WelTec and the tutors Joel and Kim for making the special trip down.🚐 We hear of all the wonderful things happening down there at WelTec and we really look forward to you visiting us next. 🤗🎉

WOW what a fantastic day here at the Manaaki Ability Trust celebrating🎉 the Matrix Graduates Presentation. Our guest ...
12/10/2018

WOW what a fantastic day here at the Manaaki Ability Trust celebrating🎉 the Matrix Graduates Presentation. Our guest speakers the Deputy Mayor Mr David Bassett and our Chairman of the Board, Mr Gabriel Tupou led the presentations with lots of support from families and friends. A big thank you to Matt and Tristan, our Matrix Aids for being outstanding leaders, for helping the graduates with tasks and projects.👏
A big thank you also to Tania and the catering group for our amazing kai. 🍰 We really enjoy having quests come to our Centres presentations.
To the Matrix Graduates, you guys are truly amazing young adults, you have proven again that with a plan and commitment everything is possible! 👨‍🎓👩‍🎓🙌

Our board members gathered for the October 2018 board meeting
05/10/2018

Our board members gathered for the October 2018 board meeting

A couple of photos of our gardening team on a fine Friday afternoon
05/10/2018

A couple of photos of our gardening team on a fine Friday afternoon

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05/10/2018

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Today Manaaki Ability Trust held a field trip at Rishworth Reserve, a community resource which is managed by Hutt City C...
02/10/2018

Today Manaaki Ability Trust held a field trip at Rishworth Reserve, a community resource which is managed by Hutt City Council and Friends of Waiwhetu Stream.
Organised by our own Erica Herron in conjunction Riba Greally of Parks and Reserves 13 of our clients together with Paul, Tania and Jaymie distributed mulch and pulled weeds to benefit the development of this great initiative. The weather was kind and all the team had a great time. Well done everyone!

02/10/2018

Today Manaaki Ability Trust held a field trip at Rishworth Reserve, a community resource which is managed by Hutt City Council and Friends of Waiwhetu Stream.
Organised by our own Erica Herron in conjunction Riba Greally of Parks and Reserves 13 of our clients together with Paul, Tania and Jaymie distributed mulch and pulled weeds to benefit the development of this great initiative. The weather was kind and all the team had a great time. Well done everyone!

Well done to the Matrix crew who have completed another 12 week course. To celebrate, the group took a trip into Welling...
28/09/2018

Well done to the Matrix crew who have completed another 12 week course. To celebrate, the group took a trip into Wellington to visit Te Papa and have lunch on the waterfront. Next week will be the Matrix Graduation, so watch this space 🙌👨‍🎓🎉

18/09/2018

We'd like you to see our new promotional video for Manaaki Ability Trust. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Talal Alshemari and Prime Fitness Ltd for sponsoring the production of this video

We have the Manaaki garden glasshouse up and running . Louisa here showing Laura and Jason the finer points of sowing si...
14/09/2018

We have the Manaaki garden glasshouse up and running . Louisa here showing Laura and Jason the finer points of sowing silverbeet into seeding containers.

Some of the boys at Men's Focus Group last Friday
13/09/2018

Some of the boys at Men's Focus Group last Friday

Prime Fit Academy
06/09/2018

Prime Fit Academy

A big welcome to Laura who is joining us from Manaaki Ability Trust... (Third one from Coach TA)

Laura wants to complete a personal training course but wanted to try and see if this career is suitable for her by doing our 8 weeks 'Prime Mentoring Program' every Friday for 2 hours.

While at Prime, Ike Mclean and Robyn will be mentoring and working with Laura every Friday so if you see her In our facility then don't be shy...

#nodaysoff #community

A big welcome to Louisa Kelly who has joined us at Manaaki Ability Trust from Weltec on a student placement.Louisa is co...
06/09/2018

A big welcome to Louisa Kelly who has joined us at Manaaki Ability Trust from Weltec on a student placement.
Louisa is completing her NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3).
While at Manaaki Louisa will be involved in the daily operation of all the activities and vocational pursuits that our team of coordinators run for our clients.
We are delighted to have Louisa on board and hope that she enjoys her time with us over the coming months.

Some of the Cooks Corner team at work
30/08/2018

Some of the Cooks Corner team at work

Our Matrix crew were out for their community group project. They came up with the idea of visiting the Prime Minister at...
24/08/2018

Our Matrix crew were out for their community group project. They came up with the idea of visiting the Prime Minister at Parliament- so they formulated a plan together with bus timetables, booking in for the Parliament tour and they also had lunch there. There was no staff involved on this one! On their tour they met many politicians in the halls but their favourite person they met was Jacinda herself who even stopped and said hello to the group. Well done guys!
#Gotogether #Staytogether #Returntogether #WeloveJacinda!

Welcome to Erica who joins our fantastic team here at Manaaki Ability Trust. 'I am very excited to be taking on two new ...
15/08/2018

Welcome to Erica who joins our fantastic team here at Manaaki Ability Trust. 'I am very excited to be taking on two new roles, Work Placement Coordinator and Fundraising and Sponsorship. Fundraising and Sponsorship will be a new challenge for me, one that I am really looking forward to learning to benefit MAT with some new resources.
I have come to MAT after spending the last 10 years in a wide variety of roles including social services, community development, youth work and recently assisting long term unemployed overcome barriers and find sustainable employment. I enjoy assisting people to explore work options, create goals and assist with the achievement of these. I am really looking forward to helping those who would like either volunteer or paid work, find the right role.
In my spare time I like to explore the outdoors with my husband. I also spend numerous hours in the kitchen baking.
I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks.'

10/08/2018
A new inspiring focus group for young woman to get together and discuss anything and everything! #Empowerment #Womensfoc...
03/08/2018

A new inspiring focus group for young woman to get together and discuss anything and everything!
#Empowerment #Womensfocusgroup #YouCAN!

Manaaki Ability Trust has as a part of its premises in Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt a substantial garden plot together with a l...
31/07/2018

Manaaki Ability Trust has as a part of its premises in Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt a substantial garden plot together with a large glass house suitable for propagation of plants and a market garden type application. This space has a lot of potential and ideally, we would like to see the garden area developed and used by a third party on a productive basis and preferably for a purpose that is beneficial to the community.
We are seeking expressions of interest from any group or organisation that has a genuine purpose in mind that could see this area utilised for a good cause and one that will benefit the people of the Hutt Valley.
For further information please contact Paul Mainwaring, Operations Manager on 021577212.

WOW! what an AMAZING day! Kimi Ora School and Matrix coming together in the community for a group activity creating pizz...
27/07/2018

WOW! what an AMAZING day! Kimi Ora School and Matrix coming together in the community for a group activity creating pizzas at a local restaurant! 🍕 As you can see there was lots of fun had and some really great discussions took place among those who attended.
In future we will be looking to collaborate with Kimi Ora year 13 students further in upcoming activities in the community! Also a very big thank you and well done to Mathew Polglase (Matrix Aid) and Tristan Montgomery (Matrix Aid) for their outstanding support. 🤗👏

This week the staff and clients at Manaaki Ability Trust bade farewell to Dorothy Wilson who after 13 wonderful years wo...
20/07/2018

This week the staff and clients at Manaaki Ability Trust bade farewell to Dorothy Wilson who after 13 wonderful years working at the centre has decided it is time to retire and pursue other interests.
With a wealth of knowledge about the disability sector in the Hutt Valley and being the one who knows the most about the history of our centre Dorothy will be very much missed. She has made a great contribution to the lives of clients both past and present while all the time keeping her colleagues honest. 🙂
We wish Dorothy all the very best with all that she does.

Our usual Friday venue was closed due to flooding but it did not detour our clients from enjoying a lovely day out toget...
13/07/2018

Our usual Friday venue was closed due to flooding but it did not detour our clients from enjoying a lovely day out together in the sunshine enjoying their fish and chips 🐟🍟🌞

A big thank you to Les Mills Hutt City trainers Jay, Haley, Terry, Dan, Leoni and Rebecca for Volunteering your time in ...
06/07/2018

A big thank you to Les Mills Hutt City trainers Jay, Haley, Terry, Dan, Leoni and Rebecca for Volunteering your time in helping the Champions training group become fitter and stronger!
Ours guys just love your energy and enthusiasm that you bring to the training's and the benefits have been outstanding💪 It's guys like yourselves that want to #PAYitFORWARD
#WALKTHETALK #MAKEaDIFFERENCE
#ANYTHINGSPOSSIBLE that inspire our guys to be better people and to live good life’s 👏🤗

A massive thank you to Veronica at The local cafe who runs and over sees all the training programs. Every time you buy c...
25/06/2018

A massive thank you to Veronica at The local cafe who runs and over sees all the training programs. Every time you buy coffee or food at the local cafe you’re helping change lives. They provide training and experience to volunteers looking to enter the work place regardless of typical barriers such as disabilities or health issues.

#Amazing Thanks Coach TA and Prime Fit Academy
22/06/2018

#Amazing Thanks Coach TA and Prime Fit Academy

For past few year, Prime Fit and Coach TA have been working with amazing organization and schools like Sports Wellington and Bishop Viard College.

Here team photo with Student named Law from Manaaki Ability Trust (Formerly known as Hutt Valley Disability Resources Trust).

Law does 2 hours of experience in Prime Fit in Upper Hutt.

If you see him in there, don't be shy.

To our amazing fill in receptionist Suzanne! We have enjoyed the time you have been with us and wish you all the best in...
15/06/2018

To our amazing fill in receptionist Suzanne! We have enjoyed the time you have been with us and wish you all the best in your upcoming job venture. 🤗🎉🎆
All the best from everyone here at Manaaki Ability Trust👍

Te Papa
08/06/2018

Te Papa

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31/05/2018

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Come to our Open Day!
29/05/2018

Come to our Open Day!

27/05/2018
June

June

This is the second year Tristan has entered the rotary speech contest and both times we have been I have been inspired, humbled and so fiercy proud of the callibre of public speaking. It is a truly courageous feat for anyone to get up in front of a room full of people and speak with enthusiasm and passion in a chosen subject and for people who face intellectual and physical impairment this is an even more immense hurdle to overcome. What an opportunity it was for these young people to take centre stage embrace the challenge and absolutely shine. I felt priveleged and honoured to spend the day listening to stories about "my best holiday" stories ranged from local events to futuristic holidays in the year 2068 that haven't yet happened and memories that were imagined. Some of the participants recollected entire cruise ship holidays recalling the finest details including daily menus for 5 days!!😂😂.....Just wow! I want to acknowledge especially Henry and Jaymie who have supported Tristan and everyone else to yet another awesome achievement and for sharing your weekend time with us to come along and see these amazing people in Acton.... You guys are amazing thank you for all you do

Yesterday a celebration and launch of the Manaaki Ability Trust (formerly Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust) took pla...
25/05/2018

Yesterday a celebration and launch of the Manaaki Ability Trust (formerly Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust) took place.
To mark the occasion Minister of Disability Issues Hon Carmel Sepuloni unveiled a commemorative plaque and spoke to a gathering of staff, clients of the trust and invited guests from the Disability Sector. Also in attendance were Labour MP Ginny Andersen, Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor David Bassett and Manaaki Ability Trust chairman Gabriel Tupou.
Speakers at this wonderful event recalled the outstanding work that has been provided to the Hutt Valley community by the dedicated team at Manaaki Ability Trust over the past 40 years.

Ginny Andersen MP
24/05/2018

Ginny Andersen MP

What a heart warming morning at the relaunch of Manaaki Ability Trust. There was waiata, laughter and lots of aroha. Thanks Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Disability Issues, for coming to the Hutt. Big thanks also to Gabriel Tupou and David Bassett for hosting us. So proud of all the good work that goes on here.

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60 Woburn Road
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Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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