WHATEVER IT TAKES TRUST INC Mental Health Peer Support Services in Hawkes Bay


WIT provides a range of community, residential and housing and property services for WIT Clients.

To deliver all these services WIT currently has 3 residential facilities, 3 day activity centres, a portfolio of 42 rental residential properties and a staff of 70 employees. The services are located in Napier and Hastings and surrounding district. WIT peer support and advocacy staff work across Hawkes Bay. Our head office is based in Ahuriri in Napier.

WIT is a peer support service and thus we have a policy of employing at least 70% of our staff who have themselves had a journey of mental health difficulties. We also employ a number of staff who have a close family member experience mental health difficulties so as a staff team we are able to empathise with our clients and understand the struggles and the difficulties they experience.

WIT primarily operates from a narrative perspective and we are totally client focussed in our service delivery approach. Support and services are tailored to meet clients’ needs and hopes for the future as we walk alongside them on their journey to recovery. Our services are strengths based and we work to build clients strengths and abilities to live independently and well in the communities of Hawkes Bay.

WIT has an on-going focus on professional development and training for all staff. A number of staff continue their on-going educational qualifications at a number of tertiary institutions as well as service specific training being provided by WIT. Regular supervision is provided to all staff and cultural supervision is provided across the organisation to ensure that we work in appropriate ways with our Maori clients particularly as they make up approximately 60% of our client numbers.