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About us

Why we matter

WIT – What Ever It Takes Trust is a registered charity focused on the recovery of people experiencing mental health and addiction difficulties, supporting them to live within our community. Every day we improve outcomes for individuals and whānau in the Hawke’s Bay with their journey to wellbeing.

Our services are diverse to match and meet the needs of those we help daily. We are involved and connected into the community especially at the points where the people we help interact, live, seek support and strive to be part of.

Mission Statement

Hikoi i te whānau ki te hauora | Walking with Whānau to Wellness


  • Aroha
  • Courage
  • Manaakitanga
  • Whanaungatanga
  • Rangatiratanga

Who we are

We are a diverse team, including those with lived life experience of mental health and addictions, support workers, professional health workers, property and tenancy managers, service managers, and business leaders.

Senior Management Team

Angela Thomas

Business & Finance Manager

Responsible for the financial health of the organisation.

Phil Ross

General Manager

Responsible for providing strategic, financial and operational leadership for the organisation.

Suzie Hiha

Human Resources Manager

Provides leadership to management in all human resources, quality, and safety matters.

Deborah Grace

Community Services Manager

Looking after the service delivery of the Napier and Hastings Lighthouses, the Clinical Day Programme, the wellbeing role, access and choice service, Mahea service and the consumer advocacy service.

Tracey Benson

Residential Service Manager

Responsible for service delivery of the residential sites, Kahukura, Rangimarie and Ahuriri and for the peer support team.

Huia Broughton

Housing Portfolio Manager

Responsible for service delivery of The Napier Outreach Service, Emergency Housing Navigation, Transitional Housing, and Housing First, Hawke’s Bay.

James Robertson

Asset and Tenancy Manager

Responsible for the tenancy and property asset management for WITT.

A Supportive Board

Helping our leadership and the organisation to deliver real outcomes. These committed volunteers help us pave the way to support, empower, and provide care to the people we work with.

Andy White


Phil Ryan


Jemma Russell


Ewan Gardiner

 Financial Advisor to the Board

Bill Reilly


John Lightfoot


Chris McKenna


John Sproat


Kevin Snee


Kurt Owen


Every day is meaningful,  full on and challenging and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

– A WIT client

Additional information?

Please call or email us. We will try to provide you with the information you need.