Building Hope Together
We believe that, by supporting individuals as they work to answer their greatest needs and achieve their life goals, we can see entire communities transformed.
Transforming Lives, Healthy Communities
He Oranga Tāngata, He Oranga Hapori
In all we do, we endeavour to reflect the values that we believe lead to empowerment and transformation for whānau.
Whanaungatanga – authentic relationships
Aroha – compassion
Mana – dignity
Manaakitanga – holistic care
Visionwest is committed to supporting the vulnerable in our communities through the provision of Kaupapa Māori-informed services that provide housing, youth solutions, education and employment, food support, counselling, financial mentoring, in-home healthcare, and early childhood learning and care.
The Executive Team
LEFT TO RIGHT: Fred Astle, Head of Māori Service Development; Sandra Hewlett, Head of People and Culture; Mark Bogusz, Head of Finance; Lisa Woolley, CEO; Murray Penman, Head of Health and Community Services; Michelle Warner, Executive Assistant to CEO; Brook Turner, Head of Services Development and Partnerships.
Board of Trustees
What we do
Standing Together to address some of the key social issues in our local communities and offering support to those who need it.
We believe every New Zealander has the right to a warm, dry, healthy, and affordable place to live and yet, in Aotearoa New Zealand, 102,123 people – 2.2% of the population – are severely housing deprived, almost half of them under the age of 25. 1
- As part of the Housing First Collective, Visionwest Community Housing Tenancy Services provides transitional and permanent housing solutions for the homeless.
- Our Community Housing Support Services provide wraparound support for our client whānau to enable them to escape poverty, sustain their tenancies, and work towards achieving their future goals.
Around 20% of children in Aotearoa New Zealand live in a household with lower than 50% of the national median income after deducting housing costs. 2
- Money Mentors is Visionwest’s personalised financial mentoring hub for those who want support with their financial challenges.
Almost 40% of New Zealand households experience food insecurity, while 19% of children live in households that experience food insecurity. 3
- Our Pātaka Kai provides food for whānau who would otherwise go without, often delivering parcels to those in isolation or without transport.
- We work with food charity partners who supply Visionwest with food, and we distribute this to other community organisations.
- Through Te Kapu, a Glen Eden Baptist Church initiative, a free weekly lunch is provided to Visionwest client whānau and the wider community.
Nearly 1 in 4 New Zealand adults (aged 18 and over) experience ‘poor’ mental wellbeing on the World Health Organisation’s WHO-5 scale. 4 We believe that, with the right support, people can overcome many of the challenging situations they face and move forward in their lives.
- Visionwest Wellbeing Centre offers a range of confidential counselling and wellbeing services to whānau of all ages including counselling support for children, families, and couples.
- Our Kōtuitui programme provides in-school counselling for children in local primary and intermediate schools, and we provide clinical supervision for counsellors and those working as care professionals.
Aged and disability care
- Visionwest Home Healthcare’s trained Support Workers provide over 1.3 million hours of personalised in-home care to over 7,000 client whānau every year.
Youth Training and Employment
- Visionwest’s Education and Training Centre provides a range of mentoring, training, and pre-employment programmes for young people. Huia Mai delivers the Pae Aronui training programme for rangatahi Māori.
Ngā take Māori – Māori issues
- Proactive Kaupapa Māori development within Visionwest.
- Several Māori-focused programmes including Mātanga Oranga (Māori-informed trauma support) and Pae Aronui (rangatahi training programme)
1 University of Otago researchers and the Ministry of Housing based on the 2018 census.
2 Stats NZ, 2021.
3 RNZ – 21 July 2021.
4 Stats NZ 2018.
5 Stats NZ December 2021.