Manaaki Ability Trust

Organisation Details

Manaaki Ability Trust started as the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust in 1981 as a sheltered workshop, providing a segregated and limited ’employment’ service to people with intellectual disabilities.

We are now an inclusive organisation that delivers the following services to all people with disabilities between the ages of 16-65:

  • Transition from school
  • Vocational support
  • Community Participation
  • Centre-based and facilited programmes

We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm providing a safe, secure environment where clients meet, socialise, participate in activities and/or meet before or after work or other community focused events.

All our work with clients is strengths-based.

Clients work with their own dedicated coordinator and are all fully involved (together with their families/whanau and other significant stakeholders in their lives) with the development of their own personal goal plans.


Name: Paul Mainwaring – Chief Executive Officer
Address: 60 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Phone: 04 569 3091

Disability Types

  • Cognitive/Intellectual
  • Developmental Delay
  • Multiple Diagnosis
  • Physical


  • Lower North Island

Services Provided

  • Employment/Vocational/Training Support
  • Information Services
  • Life Skills