About us

Manaaki Ability Trust (once known as Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust) was formed in 1981 and have 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. The Trust operates a vocational services programme for people with physical and intellectual disabilities aged between 18-65 years living in the Wellington Region and a Transition Service for ORS funded students in their last year of college.


We value the innate dignity of the individual and their contribution to society.


All people with disabilities have the right to informed choice in any decisions affecting their lives.

Mission statement

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.

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