Visions of a Helping Hand Charitable Trust Rotorua

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Visions of a Helping Hand Charitable Trust Rotorua want to make a difference to the homelessness issue in Rotorua and Taupō.

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Visions of a Helping Hand Charitable Trust Rotorua want to make a difference to the homelessness issue in Rotorua and Taupō.

Currently we provide the following key services:


November 2017 our Rotorua Shelter for women and children opened. A blessing / opening occurred with Members of Parliament in attendance (Te Ururoa Flavell, Todd McClay, and Ben Sanford). Our shelter is an ex-hostel with 68 beds (18 individual rooms). The shelter has 24/7 security, including CCTV cameras. Our staff include management, administration, security, and social worker roles. We provide wrap-around services to every whānau, walking alongside the families to address as many needs as we can with them. We have a huge focus on our tamariki and their safety and wellbeing. We provide three months ‘aftercare’ for any whānau that reside with us, if they agree. This means we visit twice a week to ensure they are okay. We have been successful in securing several philanthropic grants to assist us to deliver our services such as BayTrust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, and Lottery Communities funds among others.


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development currently fund 6 of our 18 rooms at the Rotorua Women's Shelter. Transitional Housing is a government contract where clients are sent on a referral basis and we work with them on social issues with the goal of assisting them into long term housing.


May 2018 we opened our Taupō Shelter for women with children. This property has 11 rooms. This facility does not have any government or major funding.


June 2018 as a result of a local hikoi for homelessness march Visions were asked to manage a night shelter for rough sleepers. We were supported by Te Taumata and plans commenced immediately. A night shelter has been discussed locally for over 15 years and for various reasons has never eventuated. An initial facility was opened in June 2018 however due to resource consent issues an alternative facility was found in August 2018. More than 150 individuals have utilised the service, and on any given night there can be between 15-30 people staying. This facility is funded by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and will be partnering with Housing First as it begins it's mahi in Rotorua from May 2019.

More about us

The trust was established to raise funds for every charitable purpose benefiting the members of the community that are homeless and without regular accommodation. This includes the relief of poverty and any other matter beneficial to homeless members of the Rotorua community.

Use of funds


DROP-IN CENTRE - food, lease, and staff.

SANCTUARY MANAAKITANGA - lease, equipment (bedding etc), security, and staff.

WOMENS SHELTERS - lease, running costs, and staff.

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    Kathryn on 03 May 2020



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  • Bram

    Bram on 24 Apr 2020


    Good,luck setting up in Auckland ; it's badly needed


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    Mike on 21 Apr 2020



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    Linda on 18 Apr 2020



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