Spectrum Care had its roots in Mangere Hospital. The focus at that time was on providing for people whose intellectual disability was sufficiently severe that care at home with relatives was not a viable option.

In these instances, parents were encouraged to allow Mangere Hospital to assume responsibility for the care of the person.

Without exposure to the community, the people at Mangere Hospital generally didn’t have the opportunity to develop and learn the social skills and tools of everyday living, ie they became institutionalised.

During the late 1980s, major reforms swept through Europe, North America and Canada and, by 1990, these reforms had reached New Zealand.

Mangere Hospital was the first institution in New Zealand to convert to community living. The change was completed by 1994 and now all people supported by Spectrum Care have had at least 10 years in the community, some longer.

We now offer a wide array of personalised and flexible support options for people of all ages and stages in the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Wellington regions.

This includes 24-hour residential support, a variety of flexible respite support options, and specialised Home SupportTransitions and Aspirations support. Our popular School Holiday, After-school and Weekend programmes of activities for children are available in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington – talk to us today to find out more!

Our independent living support is specifically focused on empowering people to their lives of choice – lives like any other – in the community, and our Specialist Clinical Team supports health, behavior and speech-language outcomes.

We also offer a Business Enterprises programme, aimed at supporting people towards their employment goals.

Read our 20-year history

Our eBook 'The first 20 years'

Call us today on 09 634 3790 to find out more about our support options.