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How We Support

How Hōhepa Hawke's Bay Supports

At the heart of the Hōhepa Hawke’s Bay story is anthroposophy, our special character.

At Hōhepa Hawke’s Bay we have embraced the principles of Enabling Good Lives. These are integrated into who we are as an organisation and underpin our way of life and our approach to supporting people.


We partner with individuals and support them on their journey. Together we envision what that looks like for them and their whānau and tailor the supports. Our processes are person centred and focus on the kind of life they want to live, their goals, support requirements, interests, and where they want to live and who they want to be surrounded by. Our system supports innovation and can adapt to meet people needs with great creativity and care.


Take a look at the enabling good lives 8 Principles


Disabled people are in control of their lives.

Easy to use

Disabled people have supports that are simple to use and flexible.

Beginning early

Invest early in families and whānau to support them; to be aspirational for their disabled child; to build community and natural supports; and to support disabled children to become independent, rather than waiting for a crisis before support is available.


Disabled people have support that is specifically tailored to their individual needs and goals, taking a whole of life approach.

Ordinary life outcomes

Disabled people are supported to live an everyday life and are regarded as citizens with opportunities for learning, employment, having a home and family, and social participation - like others at similar stages of life.

Mainstream first

Disabled people are supported to access mainstream services before specialist disability services.

Mana enhancing

The abilities and contributions of disabled people and their families are recognised and respected.

Relationship building

Supports build and strengthen relationships between disabled people, their whānau and community.

“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”

Dr. Rudolf Steiner