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HOW² Te Ako Charitable Trust works for former refugees & other ethnic communities in Palmerston North.

We assist with health education, wellness, wellbeing, and health needs at no cost. Working together towards living healthy lives.

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There is an emphasis on self healing, maintenance of health and the prevention of illness rather than solely the treatment of symptoms and disease. Our vision is to achieve positive wellness through a blend of natural therapies, complementary medicines along with lifestyle interventions. Our focus is on health in the widest sense, social inclusion and a safe space to come and talk about health and wellbeing.

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At HOW² we assist with:
There is no cost and interpreters are provided.
HOW² Te Ako Charitable Trust is a proud member of
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HOW² RIMA Playgroup

HOW² Te Ako Charitable Trust and Plunket are excited to introduce the HOW² RIMA Playgroup to the community.

This collaborative effort reflects our dedication to providing a welcoming space for children and families to come together, play, and learn. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this initiative will have on our community’s youngest members.

Every Friday
10:00am to 11:30am
This is held at the Plunket Family Rooms.
42 Albert Street, Palmerston North

What's On?

These activities are all held at 1 King Street, Palmerston North
(Except for Zumba)
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HOW² Health Navigation Service

HOW² provides a culturally safe space for you to meet with our health team. They are available to discuss your concerns around your health, focusing on your wellness and wellbeing

Every Wednesday & Thursday 9:00am to 2:00pm
Health Navigation Team (Ross, Robyn, Huda)
Huda -
or Jennifer - 021 0886 9083
Book your appointment online

We have interpreters available at no cost. Please choose your preferred language when making a booking.

HOW² Learning Programme

Learning Community Hub (Ministry of Education)

The community Learning Hub is series of workshops designed to help communities resettling in Aotearoa learn about the education system here. Facilitated by guests from various organisations (including the Ministry of Education), parents have an opportunity to better understand how their children learn in the New Zealand context and how they can support their young ones.

Session 2
Navigating nCEA
Presented by Leigh Scott
Saturday 8th June
11:30am to 12:30pm
Session 3
Education support for Refugees
Presented by Indra Dulal & Sara Kian
Sunday 16th June
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Food provided and interpreters available
These sessions are held at HOW²
1 King Street, Palmerston North
The event is for the whole family, please bring them along.
Email for more information

Falls prevention and keeping safe at home

Join our presenters Kate & Lesley from ENABLE for a helpful talk about preventing falls and staying safe at home. Learn easy tips to keep you and your family safe.

Tuesday 30th April
12:00pm to 1:30pm
This session is held at HOW²
1 King Street, Palmerston North
Email for more information
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Cancer Society Series

Join our health team, along with Jose and Brylee from the Cancer Society, as they host an insightful discussion about cancer, delving into its causes, treatments, and preventive measures. This interactive session aims to raise awareness and educate the community. The Cancer Society offer support throughout the cancer journey, please visit for more information.

These sessions are held at HOW²
1 King Street, Palmerston North
Thursday November 30th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
ROHINGYA & Nepalese
Thursday February 15th
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Thursday February 22nd
12:30pm – 1:30pm
All Welcome
Thursday March 7th
10:30am – 11:30am
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Email for more information

Blood Pressure Workshop

Join us for a workshop on understanding and managing high blood pressure. Learn what it is, how to reduce it with lifestyle changes, and its link to stroke risk. Gain valuable insights and practical tips to help you take control of your health and prevent the serious consequences of hypertension.

Sessions times
Saturday June 1st
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Thursday June 27th
10:30am – 11:30am
Thursday June 27th
12:15pm – 1:15pm
These sessions are held at HOW²
1 King Street, Palmerston North
Email for more information
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Heart Health Education

The HOW² health team is here to provide you with education and support on how to take care of your heart. We are also excited to announce that we will be accompanied by a guest cardiologist.

Back by popular demand!
Saturday 29th June
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Email for more information

Hearing Loss Workshop

The HOW² Health Team is hosting a series of sessions focused on Hearing Loss. Jenny Southee, a specialist in hearing therapy from Your Way Kia Roha, will be in attendance.

These sessions are held at HOW²
1 King Street, Palmerston North
our next session is
Thursday April 4th
10:30am – 11:30am
Email for more information

HOW² Mens Coffee Group

Join us every Friday at HOW² for our Men's Coffee Group. Enjoy great coffee and engaging conversations in a welcoming atmosphere. Perfect for unwinding at the end of the week.

3pm every Friday
Email for more information
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Let's Talk About Women's Health

Let’s get together and talk about how we can care for ourselves. This will be a good place to ask any questions about health and wellbeing.

Light refreshments are provided & transportation is available
These sessions are held at HOW²
1 King Street, Palmerston North
Thursday August 31st
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursday September 7th
10:30am – 11:30am
Wednesday September 20th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursday October 19th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursday November 2nd
11:00am – 12:00pm
Email for more information
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  • When: Wednesdays 6:30pm

  • With: Sarah

    Where: Carncot School, please use the Rangitane St entrance. See Map

  • Call: 027 522 2895

  • Zumba with Sarah lets you escape and be free through dance. Join us for your cardio fix without it feeling like a workout. There is no experience needed to give Zumba a try. Just show up and have fun!

    Charges may apply

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Tai Chi

  • When: Thursdays 9:15am - 10:00am

  • With: Chun Lee

  • Call: 021 076 6733

  • Chun Lee is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 20 years. Come along to enhance the Qi and blood movement in our bodies, while helping with recovery.

    Charges may apply

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Art Experience

  • When: Thursdays 11:30am - 1:00pm

  • With: Louise

  • Email:

  • Come along to art experience at HOW² Te Ako Charitable Trust and express yourself through visual art.

View what we've done so far!
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Yoga (women only)

  • When: 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month @ 1:30pm

  • With: Tracy

  • Email:

  • Yoga is renowned for not only exercising the body but also de-stressing and mindfulness. Many people turn to yoga as an alternate form of exercise and it has become a great option for gentle recovery while still exercising. At Yoga located in HOW² is a tranquil yoga space where you can come and zen out. Each session has a maximum of 10 people, so book in quick.

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Mental Wellbeing

  • Our mental health is important to us all, if you need to speak to someone, we have access to counsellors and psychologists. Get in touch with the HOW² Health Navigation team for more information or assistance.

    Huda -
    Ross -
    Robyn -

    Or book online here

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Sewing Class

  • When: Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Explore a wide range of sewing techniques, including hand embroidery, cross stitch and patch making. We have sewing machines, overlockers and a dedicated teacher to assist you in improving your skills.

    Email for more information.

Our Service Providers

Check out our amazing team of service providers here at HOW². Hover over their card for full contact details.
Charges may apply
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Yoga/Flight Studio

Tracy Jenkinson

Massage Therapist

Mariëtte Venter

Mariëtte is a qualified massage therapist and a member of Massage New Zealand (MNZ). See more on the MNZ website here.

Māmā Ora  

Erena Waho Thompson

Māmā Ora - Mothers' Wellness

Taking care of the caretakers, One Māmā at a Time

Māmā Ora is a holistic wellness approach for Mothers, grounded in indigenous Māori principles and tikanga.

Our mission is to offer experiences that nurture, heal, guide, and nourish you to breathe, clear your mind, reconnect to your sacred knowing, and feel like you again. 

Our services include:

  • Nurture: Personalized one-on-one in-person wellness sessions.
  • Navigate: In-person and online mentoring, coaching, kaitiakitanga, and advocacy service.
  • Nourish: Engaging group workshop sessions.
Register your interest now!


Kelly Fage & Katie Ledder

Counselling & Supervision

Nadine Richardson

Kia ora, I'm a seasoned counsellor with a Counselling Degree and full membership in the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Skilled in aiding diverse clients including children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, and specializing in adolescents, LGBTQIA+, and disabilities, I advocate for safe and supportive spaces to foster self-guided solutions to life's challenges. Additionally, I provide Supervision services for professionals like counsellors, youth, community, and support workers.

Indigenous Counselling & Healing

Joanne Te Paiho

Acupuncture & Tai Chi

Chun Lee

Manawatu Afghan Society 


Craniosacral Therapy

Rose McKenzie

HOW² Driving School

In conjunction with Excellence Driving

HOW² Te Ako Charitable Trust and Excellence Driving Academy have partnered to provide state of the art driver education. Tony and his team have been training drivers for more than 13 years, with 95% of drivers passing their driving test first time. Pairing simulator training with on-road learning, allows students to learn skills one by one with less external stress factors.

Health Coach

Teresa George

Teresa is a wellness practitioner and health coach along with being a qualified clinical hypnotherapist. She has a special interest in oncology and uses the latest in virtual reality technology to assist with her therapy.

Art Experience

Artist in residence: Louise

Manual Lymph Drainage

Mariëtte Venter

Mariëtte Venter offers specialised lymphatic drainage services at the HOW² Pain Clinic. Mariëtte is internationally qualified, providing expert care in a private setting.

Chiropractic Care

Caroline van Lingen

Information for Refugees

Herbal Remedies

Chun Lee


Jo Rowan

Workbridge has partnered with MBIE (Ministry Business Innovation and Employment) to offer the Manawatu Former Refugee Communities services to identify sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities. Individualised Career and Development planning will help navigate a clear and appropriate pathway towards achieving goals and success.

Refugee Resettlement Forum

Bal Ghimire



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