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Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou.
Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing.

Founded in 1989, Karldon Trust is Rotorua’s oldest community-based, not-for-profit mental health service organisation dedicated to supporting tangata whaiora (clients) to access safe, high quality, supportive housing and home-based support services.

As part of the evolution, the organisation will now be known as Piringa Mental Health Support, a name gifted to us by Wena Harawira and supported by our kaumatua.

Piringa represent the shelter provided, reflecting our kaupapa Māori approach and speaks to our strengths of providing a sanctuary or safe place for tangata whaiora

Karldon Trust will still be the legal name, reflecting the origin of the name, however Piringa, and the whakaaro behind it, better represents who we are and what we do every day.

Over the years, Piringa has established itself as a leading mental health service provider in the Lakes region, taking an innovative, whānau-focused, kaupapa Māori approach to service delivery, driven by their commitment to support tangata whaiora and whānau on their recovery journey towards mental wellbeing

We work alongside tangata whaiora to understand what they need to be successful and work with their whānau to create a plan that enhances tangata whaiora wellbeing and self-reliance

Piringa operates with a view to the future, a future which encourages hope, self-reliance, community integration and promotes mental health awareness

We operate with a view to the future, a future which encourages hope, self-reliance, community integration and promotes mental health awareness.

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Caring for our Community

Facilities

Six-bedroom house as well as a house converted to a office and 2 two-bedroom flats on Malfroy Road

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Frameworks

The Treaty of Waitangi establishes the unique and special relationship between iwi, Māori and the Crown

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History

Established by two psychiatric nurses Karel (Karl) Hartemink and Donna Riley and opened in September 1989

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Partnerships

Part of the G6, a sector cluster of non-profit mental health and residential providers working in Rotorua

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what others say about us

“I’m pretty grateful to be at Karldon because I have found myself again”

“I’m fully grateful to be under Karldon Trust giving me a flat to live in. Thank you”

“Keep good communication with respect, fair treatment, dignity & independence, proper standards, information, it’s your decision, support, teaching & research & complaints. Keeping well with whānau and staff. As a Māori mental health consumer for 30 years being a whaiora/client”