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About us

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MASH Trust is a non-government organisation and registered charity operating since 1989, when it was founded to provide accommodation and sheltered housing. Today, MASH provides a wide range of support services for approximately 1700 people with mental health conditions, disabilities, alcohol and addiction struggles, and youth support.  

Our services are offered in a number of settings including day programmes, support in people’s own homes, support within MASH homes, and support in the community. MASH operates throughout the lower North Island in Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua, Manawatū, and Hawkes Bay with over 500 staff and volunteers. 


Our Values


Our purpose statement, “working together to achieve great lives” is key to ensuring we will: 

u   Build open RELATIONSHIPS based on honesty and respect 

u    COMMUNICATE with an open mind and heart

u    Recognise and promote the MANA and strengths of the individual 

u    Take OPPORTUNITIES to learn and grow together. 

u    BELIEVE that together we will make a difference. 

u    Make FUN a goal. 

Our Story


In 1989, MASH Trust was founded to supply the needs of and render assistance to sick, aged, infirm, disabled, destitute, poor, indigent, needy or helpless persons by providing low cost sheltered accommodation. It would also foster, promote, facilitate and encourage well-being, care and support. It started with just two staff based in Palmerston North. 

Over the years a partnership developed between MASH and Te Te Runanga O Raukawa Inc and in 1998 this resulted in the beginning of Whaioro Trust as a kaupapa Māori provider of mental health and addiction services in response to awareness that as a population group, Māori experience the greatest burden due to mental health issues of any ethnic group in New Zealand. 

In 2004 our service for people with disabilities was established with the pending closure of the Kimberley Centre in Levin. MASH was the first provider to establish a home for people moving from Kimberley.  

Our child and youth respite care service in Palmerston North was established in 2006 for young people aged between 5-18 years who are experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues. 

Over more than 30 years, MASH has evolved to now providing 24/7 support and services to approximately 1,700 people and employing nearly 550 staff.  

MASH has been successful in developing and delivering a professional and quality, person-centred service to the people we support. We have staff that are dedicated and passionate about supporting people. Many staff go far beyond the requirements of their jobs living up to our purpose: ‘Working together to achieve great lives'.  

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