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.

10/05/2019
New Zealand Sign Language Week

Our clients learning one of the three official languages for New Zealand Sign Language Week! #Learning #Aotearoa #NZInclusive

10/05/2019

Our clients learning one of the three official languages for New Zealand Sign Language Week! #Learning #Aotearoa #NZInclusive

03/05/2019
Funday Friday Manaaki Ability Trust

Funday Friday they’ve named it!! And that’s exactly what they have.
At Manaaki Ability Trust new friendships are formed and a lot of fun is had.
#FundayFriday #NewFriendships #MainIngredientFUN #ManaakiAbilityTrust

#AnzacDay #LestWeForget #FutureFit #ReduceReuseRecycle🎖🇳🇿
24/04/2019

#AnzacDay #LestWeForget #FutureFit #ReduceReuseRecycle🎖🇳🇿

18/04/2019

A massive thank you to Kimi Ora School for allowing our MATRIX crew on their end of term celebration!🥳 The group shared lunch by creating their own personalized gourmet pizzas 🍕 They had a blast! 🙌Thank you to Roadhouse Bar and Grill for hosting the group and for our delicious pizzas 😊

‼️Important notice‼️
16/04/2019

‼️Important notice‼️

Gabriel Tupou
05/04/2019

Gabriel Tupou

On Monday, Chris Bishop MP for Hutt South popped in to speak with clients and staff of the Manaaki Ability Trust. They discussed the new gun legislation, concerns with public transport in Wellington and how to become a Member of Parliament.

29/03/2019

What an incredible turn out and effort today by our Manaaki Ability Trust clients for organising a BBQ fundraiser for the Christchurch Shooting Victims. 🙏 A big thank you to all that stopped by and donated, and to the Weltec group for coming and supporting the worthy cause as well. 👫💕 #theyareus #kiakaha

25/03/2019
United in solidarity today for our Muslim Community #KiaKaha #TheyAreUs 👫🌍🇳🇿
22/03/2019

United in solidarity today for our Muslim Community #KiaKaha #TheyAreUs 👫🌍🇳🇿

22/03/2019
14/03/2019

The Green Fingered Gurus are in full swing and have created a beautiful garden here at Manaaki Ability Trust for 2019 🍅🥬🥕🥔 In recent weeks they've harvested potatoes, tomatoes, silver-beet, carrots and have already planted winter vegetables 👩‍🌾👨‍🌾 Well done team👍👏

13/03/2019
12/03/2019

What a day at the Hutt Fun Run in Petone🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ A massive shout out to the parents, participants and the supporters for joining us in this amazing community event. Also a big thank you to Chris Partridge the CEO of Smart Payroll New Zealand for topping up our race registration packs with Filled Water bottles , Muesli bars and Smarties 😁🙌🎖

A massive thank you to Irene Corpuz from Dress for Success Lower Hutt for coming into our woman's group for Internationa...
08/03/2019

A massive thank you to Irene Corpuz from Dress for Success Lower Hutt for coming into our woman's group for International Woman's Day. She spoke about how to embrace your self confidence through fashion, and taking that into a work interview and your daily life. 👗👠👭

Come join us at the Hutt Fun Run & Walk on Sunday 10th March!! Here are our Champions Fitness Training Group preparing f...
01/03/2019

Come join us at the Hutt Fun Run & Walk on Sunday 10th March!! Here are our Champions Fitness Training Group preparing for the big event!!! See you all there! 🙌
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Dress for Success Lower Hutt
24/02/2019

Dress for Success Lower Hutt

Monday’s are such fun at Dress for Success Lower Hutt...we have a full volunteer team here today; which always means lots of laughter, work and includes a delicious morning tea thanks to someone baking over the weekend.Thanks Julia!
One of our awesome volunteers Amelia comes from Manaaki Ability Trust and is a huge help to our Monday team.

22/02/2019

As promised, another awesome addition to the MAT programme - Puppet Club has arrived! 🤩🎭🎉

Here is one of our exciting new programs that has started this week!! 🎭🎉🙌 #DRAMAclub #LotsOFfun #MoreToCome #Wa...
15/02/2019

Here is one of our exciting new programs that has started this week!! 🎭🎉🙌 #DRAMAclub #LotsOFfun #MoreToCome #WatchThisSpace 🤩🥳

Champions Fitness Training group went out on a fun filled day to Wainuiomata pools as a reward for all their hard work t...
12/02/2019

Champions Fitness Training group went out on a fun filled day to Wainuiomata pools as a reward for all their hard work they put in last year! 💪 We would like to thank the Wainuiomata pools and staff for their wonderful hospitality whilst Manaaki Ability Trust visiting there for some awesome outside community activities. 🏊‍♂️🤽‍♀️💦
#FunDayOut #KeepingActive #WainuiomataPools #CommunityFun ☀️

08/02/2019
Manaaki Ability Trust and our Monarch Butterflies

This week our Monarch Catterpillars hatched and are now off out enjoying the big wide world. Our clients enjoyed watching them from young catterpillars in our glasshouse, casting their caccoons and finally hatching...

Starting Monday 4th February, the driveway access from Woburn Road will be closed for resurfacing. Please use the back a...
31/01/2019

Starting Monday 4th February, the driveway access from Woburn Road will be closed for resurfacing. Please use the back access through Glen Iris Grove to enter the carpark. Sorry for the inconvenience.

28/01/2019
Monarchs @ Manaaki Ability Trust

The lastest additions to the Manaaki Ability Trust family have been very busy. A number of clients have been watching the progress of 5 Monarch Catterpillars over the past two weeks. We managed to capture one spinning it's caccoon recently and would love to share with everyone.

25/01/2019

This is how Manaaki Ability Trust kicked off 2019! 🎉🥳 #DaysBayBBQ #SomesIsland #Miniputt #WainuiHill #Wellington #Stingray 🚤🏌️‍♂️⚽️☀️

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!
🎄🎅🎁🎆

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

Manaaki Ability Trust's cover photo
05/10/2018

Manaaki Ability Trust's cover photo

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

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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 - 4.30pm Monday - Friday Off street parking

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

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