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Our Kaupapa

Our vision is for every young mum and baby to thrive and have hope for the future. We do this in a whānau filled with love and grace. 


Our core values are:

  • Faith - We believe God created us all with great plans and purpose

  • Whānau - We value family and community connections

  • Manaakitanga - We come alongside, encourage and support every young person

  • Growth  - We facilitate learning and development with a future focus

  • Protection - Our home is physically and emotionally safe


Our volunteers

Houseparents are supported by a team of amazing volunteers who help with the day-to-day running of the homes. Volunteers can help by relieving for our Houseparents for a few hours a fortnight or for a full weekend from time to time.


Volunteers also help with managing donations, teaching life skills and assisting with maintenance and gardening tasks.

Please get in touch to learn more about joining our volunteer team.


Our Team
Our team

Our team brings a wide range of skills and experience - from youth work and early childhood education to leadership, counselling, business and industry specific skills. As a non-profit organisation many of our people also volunteer their time.



Carleen Woolley

Office Manager

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Rebecca Bangma

General Manager

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Minneline Carey

Home Assistant

Early beginnings

Early beginnings

The House of Grace Trust was established in 2001 by Treena and Marcus van Rijssel.


Their dream was to provide a safe haven for young pregnant women. A place where mums-to-be could find the love and support they need to learn life skills and prepare for parenting.


They created a loving family environment designed specifically for young women needing help with pregnancy and parenting. Thank you Treena and Marcus.

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