Papatuanuku Independency Trust

The Papatuanuku Independency Trust provides a constructive, caring and professional family style environment for people with intellectual disabilities where they are empowered to make their own decisions to participate and contribute to their personal development, home and the wider community.


The Papatuanuku Independency Trust is a place where people are valued, respected, and know happiness. We aim to be a safe, sustainable family-style caring home for people with intellectual disabilities and support everyone to achieve their highest level of independence.

The Trust is a relatively small organisation that currently has nine permanent residents with intellectual disabilities, three of whom have been with the Trust since its inception in Auckland in 1989. The Trust provides a home environment in an idyllic semi-rural setting and aims to integrate the residents into the local community with work and leisure opportunities which extend the residents’ capabilities.  We are a registered Charitable Trust.

The Trust's property has stunning views of the Waikawa Marina and the Marlborough Sounds.  Our location means we have a home where the environment is quiet and peaceful, whilst being nearby to the township of Picton which is 5 minutes away and Blenheim is 25 minutes away.

The Trust's people are involved in the local community and are involved in such organisations as Marlborough Special Olympics for bowling, swimming and golf; the Picton Flower Ladies, the Picton Maritime Festival, Te Reo, Picton Dawn Chorus and the Power House Museum.