“Our main aim is to “have a heart” for all people no matter what their cultural background, past or present circumstances. Our main rule is to provide acceptance, love and forgiveness.

Our philosophy is based on the word “philozenia” which is the word for hospitality. However it has a much deeper meaning than just that . . . directly translated it means “the love and care of a stranger” It’s about going the extra mile, doing more than what is required, being extravagant and bending over backwards to assist and providing care and compassion. 

We are committed to valuing each and every person equally and providing each one the equal right to be accepted and nurtured as a part of the community.

Respecting the cultural diversity of people and encouraging people from all nationalities to utilise the Trust’s facilities and services.

Inspiring people to reach their full potential; working cooperatively with others in the development of social services; and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

To assist in the creation and development of programs to provide benefits to people in the community who because of their circumstances beyond their control are in need of assistance and support. To be in collaboration and networking with various agencies, jointly and corporately providing assistance and making referrals as the need requires.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, we work with other organisations and provide opportunities through our activities and services, for those with a particular need to make connections with whoever has the resources, skill and ability to make life better.

“The most exhilarating, fulfilling and supreme experience in life is developing and maintaining authentic, honest and holistic relationships.”

— Chris Barnard


Heart to Heart Expo & Family Festival

This event takes place annually in March/April just after or before Easter, usually in conjunction with Children's Day. Our main aim with this event is to: “Grow great families at the heart of our Community" We want this to be the best place on earth to live, not only...

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Break Away Christmas Meal & Party

EVERY CHILD HAS A STORY That story may be filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Our Breakaway Christmas...

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Yeah Nah Its Not OK Song Quest

On the 6th October 2013 the first 'Yeah Nah It's not OK' talent quest featured students from Eastern Bay of Plenty Schools performing songs with an anti-family violence message they composed themselves. Winners of the contest were Manawa Toa, a big band from Te Kura...

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MATES Men’s Network

MATES men’s Network provide a vital role in the community development by connecting with, embracing and inspiring our men, women, families and whanau to empower community through the creation of positive role-models. Dedicated in reaching out to and supporting all men...

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White Ribbon

“YOU can stop violence in the community” White Ribbon celebrates the many men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy relationships within families and encourages men to challenge each other on attitudes and behaviour that are abusive. A...

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CAP Money Course

A number of families in our community struggle financially, not because they don't have money but because they don't know how to manage their earnings, as a result leading to other family issues that become too difficult to manage. Have a Heart Trust has a team of...

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Hughes Place Project

“Te Taurahere Whatumanawa” Project “Heart Strings.” The rope that ties our hearts together. Four years ago we had a vision to reach out into local communities , we wanted to know who lived in the surrounding communities and be known as a people that cared. The Heart...

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Be a silent partner with financial support; making contributions to projects or ongoing monthly contributions towards the overall goals of the Trust. You can claim tax credits of 33% for donations.


To join us contact Chris using the form to the left or

email : chris.haveaheart@gmail.com

Phone : 021903403