Māori Mental Health and

Addiction specialists

Supporting people experiencing Mental Health issues into employment and/or training.

Assisting rangatahi (youth) to overcome Alcohol and Drug issues

Providing Alternative Education to students from ManawatuHorowhenua, and Waiopehu Colleges

Our Philosophy

Provide quality mental health and addictions services

Recognise and uphold kawa and tikanga of Ngāti Raukawa

Deliver services that are responsive to the needs of te iwi Māori

Provide client centered services that encourage the voice of ngā tangata Whaiora and rangatahi

Improve and influence Maori health priorities and gains

Our Values

Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

Utilising the principles of Partnership, Protection and Participation as the basis for strong relationship building.


Utilising the knowledge of our tupuna to create an environment that encourages ongoing learning & development.


Bringing each other’s uniqueness together – working in unity towards a shared purpose and vision.


Celebrating and fostering spiritual totality as an integral part of our business. Sharing the responsibility of practicing wairuatanga (through karakia and tikanga i.e. powhiri).


Understanding each person within the context of their whanau or family. Enabling each person to identify what is important to them and supporting them through those values.


Providing support and assistance in a meaningful way while acknowledging and respecting the mana of others.


Respecting the uniqueness of each person and their right to self-determination. Accepting responsibility and obligations for the decisions made.


Guardianship – nurturing growth in each other and those that are referred to our service in a responsible and professional way

Ko wai mātou?

Who are we?

Whakapapa / History

In 1998 the Health Funding Authority (at the time) approached Brad Grimmer – CEO for Mash Trust in Palmerston North and Dennis Emery – CEO for Te Runanga O Raukawa Inc., (TROR) based in Otaki regarding a joint venture aimed at providing supported accommodation, employment and training opportunities for mental health clients.

MASH Trust – was a major provider of accommodation and support programmes for mental health clients in Palmerston North and had recently expanded their operations to Wellington.

TROR – was a large Iwi health provider of mental health support services in the Ngati Raukawa tribal area from Bulls in the north to Te Horo in the south.

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