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 Markโ€™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.

Last Friday, the clients from Manaaki Ability Trust held a sausage sizzle fundraiser and what a fantastic day everyone h...
25/11/2019

Last Friday, the clients from Manaaki Ability Trust held a sausage sizzle fundraiser and what a fantastic day everyone had! ๐Ÿ˜ The atmosphere was electric and being able to connect with our community was awesome! ๐Ÿ‘ซ Manaaki Ability Trust would like to thank all those who helped in organizing the sausage sizzle fundraiser and a big thank you to the community for coming down and supporting us! ๐Ÿ™Œ

18/11/2019
What a great way to connect with our friends from Weltec by inviting them here to our centre to join us in some fun prog...
12/11/2019

What a great way to connect with our friends from Weltec by inviting them here to our centre to join us in some fun programmes and kai.๐Ÿ˜ The clients and Weltec students had a great time engaging with one another in social media, Manaaki quiz, playing pool, art and crafts and to top it off a yummy BBQ organized by the clients from MAT.๐ŸŒญ Everyone had a fantastic time getting to make new friends and greeting old ones as well.๐Ÿ‘ซ Thank you to the students of WelTec and the tutors Kim and Jane for making the special trip down. We hear of all the wonderful things happening down there at WelTec and we really look forward to our next get together! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 27th November.It will include the usual confirmation of...
08/11/2019

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 27th November.
It will include the usual confirmation of Board members for the next year and presentation of the annual report for the year ending June 2019.
At this AGM we will be awarding certificates to clients who graduated from our Matrix and Discovery programmes. There will also be a drama performance by the Playback Theatre group trained by Claire Hewitt of Creative Spark.

We are extremely excited to be reintroducing back to Manaaki Ability Trust the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program!! ๐Ÿ™ŒWe hav...
06/11/2019

We are extremely excited to be reintroducing back to Manaaki Ability Trust the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program!! ๐Ÿ™Œ
We have seven enthusiastic clients who have taken up this amazing opportunity to take part in completing their hours towards attaining their Bronze Award.๐Ÿฅ‰
Well done to all of our guys for working hard and dedicating hours towards participating in some wonderful community activities, learning some new life changing skills and completing physical challenges thrown your way!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฉ

29/10/2019

The clients from Manaaki Ability Trust rallied together for another FUN FRIDAY EXCURSION!! ๐Ÿ™Œ
They explored the hidden gem and what nature has to offer throughout Percy's Scenic Reserve. They enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of the nature bush walk to the waterfall and enjoyed lunch outside in the glorious weather . ๐ŸŒณโ˜€๏ธ

It was fantastic to get a visit from Jemma Drake who is the new lower North Island Coordinator for Special Olympics New ...
24/10/2019

It was fantastic to get a visit from Jemma Drake who is the new lower North Island Coordinator for Special Olympics New Zealand. ๐Ÿ™ŒWe showed Jemma around our centre and introduced her to all the Manaaki clients who are involved in Special Olympics.๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅˆ๐Ÿฅ‰ We encourage all of of our guys to participate in this amazing sporting organisation Special Olympics. We have clients competing for Hutt Valley, Wellington, and Kapiti at our Centre. We are so proud of all our Olympians and wish them well for 2020! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

Here at Manaaki Ability Trust you can see our General Manager Paul and our garden group mucking in looking to beautify a...
22/10/2019

Here at Manaaki Ability Trust you can see our General Manager Paul and our garden group mucking in looking to beautify and improve our centre by tidying up our massive garden space.๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฟ Sleeves rolled up with gumboots on and a positive attitude is a must! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ We believe that leading by example and working together is a great opportunity to encourage others to get their hands dirty and get stuck in. Keep up the fantastic work team! ๐Ÿ˜

A massive thank you to Terry Mita, Haley Holmes, Jermaine Robinson, Lyon Pretorius, Shane O'Donnell from Les Mills New Z...
15/10/2019

A massive thank you to Terry Mita, Haley Holmes, Jermaine Robinson, Lyon Pretorius, Shane O'Donnell from Les Mills New Zealand and Martine Carroll from The Nutrition Hutt who have all kindly donated their time and passion to help Manaaki Ability Trust's Champions Fitness Training Programme. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ชThe programme has become such a success through all your support and efforts to help our clients succeed and improve their fitness and well-being. ๐Ÿ˜

Yesterday the Champions Fitness Training Group and staff went on a walk over the Wainuiomata hill! ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธThey have imp...
09/10/2019

Yesterday the Champions Fitness Training Group and staff went on a walk over the Wainuiomata hill! ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ
They have improved their fitness levels in our programme that we run here at Manaaki Ability Trust. ๐Ÿ™Œ
As a group we never miss an opportunity to take on a new challenge and yes, we came, we saw, we conquered!! ๐Ÿ’ช
Well done to the Champions for achieving your goal.
YOU ROCK!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

Here at Manaaki Ability Trust we believe in diversifying skills to meet both the needs of artistic play and building on ...
04/10/2019

Here at Manaaki Ability Trust we believe in diversifying skills to meet both the needs of artistic play and building on individual skills for working with others and supporting skills in employment through drama club. ๐ŸŽญ
A big part of drama club is showing the capability of people with disabilities and celebrating the contributions they have to make to the arts, community and culture of the Hutt Valley. ๐Ÿ™Œ
A lot of fun is had whilst learning to work together, continuing to build on your already skill set and creating long lasting friendships. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ซ

Last week we were delighted to be invited to watch one of our clients Connor McCarthy be given the opportunity to speak ...
02/10/2019

Last week we were delighted to be invited to watch one of our clients Connor McCarthy be given the opportunity to speak to Naenae College and deliver a presentation to his old classroom.๐Ÿ˜ƒ As a previous student he thanked everyone for being invited back and how excited he was he got to speak to everyone about his passion which was the Rugby World Cup. (Go the All Blacks!)
He did amazingly well from thanking his listeners to introducing some ice breakers and creating great engagement with his overall audience. ๐Ÿ‘ It was great to connect with one of our local Colleges within the Lower Hutt area and we look forward to visiting them again soon.๐Ÿ™‚

This week we paid a visit to Thumbs Up to see our friends Jill, Brian and also a long-time resident Buddy the dog!๐Ÿค ๐ŸถWe ...
27/09/2019

This week we paid a visit to Thumbs Up to see our friends Jill, Brian and also a long-time resident Buddy the dog!๐Ÿค ๐Ÿถ
We took a trip down with our volunteer gardening group and also our General Manager Paul Mainwaring. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง
Once a month our MAT volunteer garden group goes down to maintain their gardens and to also connect with their students.

It was fantastic that our GM Paul Mainwaring came down to see what it is we do and to meet the staff from Thumbs Up.
It is always a great opportunity to connect with like minded organizations and we look forward to our next visit.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

On Saturday the 21st of September the Manaaki Ability Trusts Clients decided to make a trip out to the first Disability ...
23/09/2019

On Saturday the 21st of September the Manaaki Ability Trusts Clients decided to make a trip out to the first Disability Pride Parade held at the Wellington Water front. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘
The weather did not disappoint,โ˜€๏ธ and many people from all over the Wellington region came out to see all the wonderful performances and Paula Tesoriero, the NZ Disability Rights Commissioner, shared words of empowerment and equality.
Our clients even got to meet Jacob Dombroski who was the first character with down syndrome to be caste this year on Shortland Street. Overall they had an absolute blast and we look forward to being apart of next years event. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜

It is with much sadness that we farewell Josef Krummenacher who passed away in his sleep last weekend. He was 27 years o...
19/09/2019

It is with much sadness that we farewell Josef Krummenacher who passed away in his sleep last weekend. He was 27 years old.
Josef has been a client at Manaaki Ability Trust for six years and was a member of our Young Guns group.
Josef loved a good game of pool and would spend time at the centre having a game or two with other clients. He would even give the staff a run for their money on the pool table.
Josef attended recent field trips to Matui/Somes Island, H2O Extreme and the Wainui hill walk.
He was a very personable and outgoing young man and he will be missed by all of us at Manaaki Ability Trust.
Our condolences to Josefโ€™s Mum Denise and family.

Each year the Rotary Club of Plimmerton host the Prepared Speech Contest for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties and...
11/09/2019

Each year the Rotary Club of Plimmerton host the Prepared Speech Contest for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Intellectual Impairment. This attracts contestants from around the North Island.
For the second year running Manaaki Ability Trust clients took part in this event which was held on Saturday 7th September at Anchor Church in Whitby. They came, they saw, they conquered!! ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅˆ๐Ÿฅ‰
1st place was awarded to Laura Montgomery, 2nd place to Jenna Maguren and 3rd place to Conor Metcalf.
We witnessed enthusiasm, rawness, courage, bravery, patience, emotion and pride, A lot of mana was displayed on stage by all the contestants. The speech topic was MY SUPER HERO. ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ
Lauraโ€™s speech was about her granddad who recently passed away and there wasnโ€™t a dry eye in the room. Jennaโ€™s super heroes were all of the support people who have made her the person she is today. Conorโ€™s hero was TJ Perenara , Amelia โ€“ her Sisters , Damien โ€“ Billy Connolly , and Scottโ€™s heroes were the Hurricanes.
A huge thank you to Bill McAulay and all the volunteers from the Plimmerton Rotary club for a fantastic day and to Shelly Goldsmith and her team from Whakatane.
Awards were presented to our clients by the Mayor of Porirua Mike Tana.
Congratulations to all of our clients who were involved in the day. ๐Ÿ‘

The clients from Manaaki Ability Trust rallied together for another FUN FRIDAY EXCURSION!! ๐Ÿ™ŒThey explored all the fantas...
04/09/2019

The clients from Manaaki Ability Trust rallied together for another FUN FRIDAY EXCURSION!! ๐Ÿ™Œ
They explored all the fantastic art exhibitions throughout Te Papa and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of the nature bush walk along with the wonderful weather. ๐ŸŒณโ˜€๏ธ
Spring has finally arrived and we look forward to more outings together in the community! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒป

A big shout out to our new friend Vladimir Miller from The Hub Social for being so generous with donating us these amazi...
30/08/2019

A big shout out to our new friend Vladimir Miller from The Hub Social for being so generous with donating us these amazing gifts for our clients to use at the centre. ๐ŸŽ
Conor, Laura and Kerry enjoyed themselves whilst being there having a look around and seeing first hand what The Hub has to offer. ๐Ÿ˜„
The collaboration between Manaaki and The Hub is already off to a great start and we look forward to more opportunities to connect together. ๐Ÿ™Œ

We welcomed Jo and Penny from MASH Trust based right here in Lower Hutt. ๐Ÿ™Œ We are always looking to form new networks an...
26/08/2019

We welcomed Jo and Penny from MASH Trust based right here in Lower Hutt. ๐Ÿ™Œ We are always looking to form new networks and to collaborate with local service providers.๐Ÿ˜ƒ
It was awesome to show the ladies around our centre and to see our guys in action for fun Friday. The ladies even joined in for some line dancing!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ Another fantastic opportunity to connect with like minded organisations. ๐Ÿค

What a fantastic visit we had from our new friend Vladimir Miller from The Hub Social. He took time out of his busy sche...
22/08/2019

What a fantastic visit we had from our new friend Vladimir Miller from The Hub Social. He took time out of his busy schedule to pop in and see what our centre is all about!
We are excited to collaborate with like minded non-profitable organizations like The Hub Social, who are creating opportunities for people in the community. ๐Ÿค
We are looking forward to unifying our communities, strengthening ties, and diversity for all walks of life. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฐโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ด

Last weeks Fun Friday at H2O Extreme Pool involved many firsts for the clients. Confidence was gained with their first j...
15/08/2019

Last weeks Fun Friday at H2O Extreme Pool involved many firsts for the clients. Confidence was gained with their first jump, first wave pool experience and for some it was their first time at H2O pool! We would like to thank H2O Extreme for activating all the water features for us whilst we were there. ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ

07/08/2019
Last week we had a visit from the Wellington Free Ambulance who talked to us about what they do and how they help people...
02/08/2019

Last week we had a visit from the Wellington Free Ambulance who talked to us about what they do and how they help people in the local community. Everyone was able to have a look through the ambulance and see all the special equipment they use for patients in need. With this visit, we were able to tick off visits from all three emergency services, after the police and fire service visited us late last year. ๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš‘๐Ÿš’
A massive thank you to everyone from the police, fire and ambulance services who gave up there time to come to Manaaki Ability Trust. ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš’

Last Friday the clients gave back to their community by contributing their time to a charitable organization. ๐Ÿ‘ซWe contac...
29/07/2019

Last Friday the clients gave back to their community by contributing their time to a charitable organization. ๐Ÿ‘ซWe contacted The Hutt City Womanโ€™s Refuge to be a part of their collection team for the Annual Appeal. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Their purpose is to liberate women, children, families and whฤnau from family violence by providing quality services and social commentary. A big thank you to Cath and Anne who organised the event and also a big thank you to the clients from Manaaki Ability Trust for donating their time for this worthy cause. ๐Ÿ™Œ

26/07/2019

Welcome to the first Friday Funday!!๐Ÿ™Œ
Last week the group ventured out to the Wainuiomata hill to use their fitness skills that they have been working on in training!!๐Ÿ’ช The upgrade to the hill was found to be very user friendly and a much more accessible walk for everyone.๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ The majestic view of Wellington Harbour from Pukeatua bridge was absolutely breath taking!! ๐Ÿ˜†

23 July 2019PRESS RELEASEIssued by Manaaki Ability Trust, Lower HuttChairman of disability Trust Board steps downGabriel...
23/07/2019

23 July 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Issued by Manaaki Ability Trust, Lower Hutt

Chairman of disability Trust Board steps down

Gabriel Tupou has stepped down as Chairman of the Manaaki Ability Trust board, previously known as the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust. He resigned the leadership role in June due to โ€œother commitments.โ€ Parent representative and Deputy Chair Ollie Kemp has stepped up to head the board.

Gabriel was appointed to the board in 2016. He was made Deputy Chair and filled the vacancy of Chair in late 2017. He admits, โ€œAt first, I was hesitant to join because I had no experience with disability issues. My understanding could only be related through family experience. I eventually agreed to come on board because it was an opportunity to learn and I have a passion for advocating for those in our community who may feel they donโ€™t have a voice. This has truly been a humbling and eye-opening experience.โ€

He has ushered in some positive change for the short time he has served as Chair. Gabriel led the long awaited re-branding of the organisation, which better reflects the centreโ€™s services and the changing attitudes towards the disability community. He has also supported the organisationโ€™s transition into the twenty-first century through much needed refurbishment and upgrades.

The centre was re-launched as the Manaaki Ability Trust in May of 2018 by the Minister of Social Development and Disability Issues Hon Carmel Sepuloni. Gabriel says, โ€œitโ€™s all about creating a platform for our clients to thrive and achieve their goals.โ€

Though Gabriel will continue to serve as a member of the Trust Board, he also looks to the future, noting, โ€œI am considering how I might be of service to the wider community of Lower Hutt.โ€

About the Trust:
โ€ข Based in Woburn, the Trust provides a holistic range of services, including a vocational services programme within the Wellington region for people with physical and intellectual disabilities aged between 16-65 years. It also offers a Transition Service for ORS (Ongoing Resourcing Scheme) funded students in their last year of college.

โ€ข The trust has served the Lower Hutt community since 1981.

โ€ข Trust Board members include: Ollie Kemp (Chair), Gabriel Tupou, Peter McLaren, Sina Irwin, Matthew Polglase (Client Representative).

This week our volunteer gardening group had the opportunity to reconnect with our neighbours Thumbs Up by helping out at...
22/07/2019

This week our volunteer gardening group had the opportunity to reconnect with our neighbours Thumbs Up by helping out at their site and tidying up their garden space. A big thank you to Richard Bialy and his Thumbs Up team for welcoming our Manaaki Gardeners. Itโ€™s a big part of what we are all about, helping local services in our communities. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ™Œ

The new 2019/2020 Entertainment Memberships are packed with thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do, ...
19/07/2019

The new 2019/2020 Entertainment Memberships are packed with thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do, from movies, dining, and travel, all while supporting Manaaki Ability Trust. Use the link below to purchase your membership to recieve all the benefits of an Entertainment Book.

https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/9630w72

This week we farewelled Scott Snowsill with a morning tea celebration as Scott is off on a new adventure with his family...
12/07/2019

This week we farewelled Scott Snowsill with a morning tea celebration as Scott is off on a new adventure with his family who are relocating up north. Scott has been a client of Manaaki for 14 years and he will be very much missed around the centre. We would like to wish him and his family all the best ๐Ÿ˜Š

Congratulations to Anna Williams from Wainuiomata High School on being the lucky winner of our open day prize pack! ๐Ÿ™ŒTha...
08/07/2019

Congratulations to Anna Williams from Wainuiomata High School on being the lucky winner of our open day prize pack! ๐Ÿ™ŒThank you to all that entered and for supporting us on our open day ๐Ÿ˜

A big thank you to Nathan Denmark from the Duke of Edinburgh International Award who came to our centre to do a presenta...
05/07/2019

A big thank you to Nathan Denmark from the Duke of Edinburgh International Award who came to our centre to do a presentation on the benefits of participating in the Duke of Ed Awards Programme. Nathan is the Award Delivery Advisor based in Lower Hutt and had the group laughing, engaged, and very excited about joining the programme. We are looking at reconnecting with Duke of Ed to implement the scheme with the Discovery Quest Programme.
Watch this space for when our guys start their journey on the Bronze Award! ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅพ๐Ÿ™Œ

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60 Woburn Road
Lower Hutt
5010

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We welcome all visitors anytime. Please pop in for a cuppa! Hours open 8.30am - 4.00pm Monday - Friday Off street parking

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Monday 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00

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