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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.

Leading our Organisation

Phil Ross

Business and Finance Manager

Tracey Benson

Residential Service Manager

Shirley Lammas

General Manager

Senior Management Team

Shirley Lammas

General Manager

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

Phil Ross

Business and Finance Manager

Responsible for the financial health of the organisation

Suzie Hiha

Human Resources Manager

Provides leadership to Management in all generalist HR matters

Deborah Grace

Community Services Manager

Responsible for service delivery of the Napier and Hastings Lighthouses, the Community Support team, the Clinical Day Programme and the Consumer Advocacy Service

Tracey Benson

Residential Services Manager

Responsible for service delivery of the Community Residential sites, Kahukura, Rangimarie and Ahuriri

Huia Broughton

Housing Portfolio Manager

Responsible for service delivery of Emergency Housing Navigation, transitional Housing, Housing First and Community Housing Property Management

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.

Andrew White

Andrew White

Chairman of the Board


Joanne Lawrence

Deputy Chair


Robert (Bob) MacFarlane

 Ngāti Wahiao and Ngāti Tuwharetoa – Ngāti te Maunga hapu

Ewan Gardiner

 Financial Advisor to the Board

Bill Reilly


John Lightfoot


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

– A WIT client

Our Services

WIT provide these services as standalone or in combination to suit the need and situation of the individual.  We are funded to provide these services within the Hawke’s Bay.

Community Support Services

Funded by Hawke’s Bay DHB

The Community Support Service is person centred and provides flexible mobile community-based support services for people who are living independently, but not necessarily alone, in their community.  The services are for people living with mental illness who require support in relation to family and whānau, community living, education, employment and self-management of their wellbeing.

Consumer Advocacy Services

Funded by Hawke’s Bay DHB

The Consumer Advocacy Service provides goal and solution-centred advocacy that is underpinned by a philosophy of working with people accessing services who are searching for solutions to concerns or problems relating to their mental health or addiction treatment or support. The service provides a peer-to-peer service, advocating and advising people from a lived experience perspective.

Day Activity Programme

Funded by Hawke’s Bay DHB

The Day Activity Programme provides a recovery-oriented service to assist people with mental illness to develop their life and living skills and enjoy their relationships with others.  The day activities that make up a programme are determined largely by the person’s needs and aligned with their individual goals.

Emergency Housing Navigator

Funded by MSD

This service is delivered in partnership with MSD. WIT provides community-based social support services to MSD clients with mental health and addiction who are placed in Emergency Housing. This servcies is culturally responsive. It supports the client to maintain sustainable, long-term housing and positive wider social outcomes through being connected to their community.

Residential Housing and Recovery Services

Funded by Hawke’s Bay DHB

The Housing and Recovery Service is a community-based housing and recovery-focused support service for people experiencing mental health disorders with higher levels of acuity.  The service provides support to the clients through appropriately trained and qualified WIT support workers.  There is access to clinical staff as required to meet individual needs.

Housing First

Funded by HUD

Housing First provides housing quickly, then offers tailored support for as long as it is needed to help people stay in their homes and address the underlying support needs that led to their experience of homelessness.

Transitional Housing

Funded by MSD

Transitional housing is temporary accommodation and support for individuals or families who are in urgent need of housing. It provides warm, dry, short term housing for people and families who have an urgent need for a place to stay.

transitional housing

Additional information?

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