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About Q-nique Trust - health solutions network

Q-nique has a proud tradition over more than 20 years of providing community based services for people with mental illness, alcohol or drug issues, and health and disability needs.
We aspire to be unique! The way in which we bring together the range of our services and others’ to address the unique set of health related, community, housing, and vocational needs that each person may have makes the
Q-nique difference. We are a not for profit organization aiming for excellence in everything we do.
Our Consumer Advisors, Staff, Leadership Team and Trustees, continue to be inspired by our Mission which is to “Support and promote independence and social equity for individuals” within the context of family, and community.
We do this by providing quality driven services, tailored to each individual, working with families or loved ones as appropriate and by consent; including whanau, hapu, iwi, and other social and community networks.
For each individual our goal is to encourage personal development, increase self awareness, empowerment for self advocacy, recovery and ongoing wellbeing so that each person lives the life they want to!

Working in Partnership

Our services are flexible and responsive so that together we can plan for your future and recovery, and support you to achieve your goals and dreams.
Q-nique has a strong emphasis on consumer input at all stages of service delivery. There are a number of paid roles for consumer advisors and service user representation.
Q-nique also works in partnership with District Health Boards, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development as well as a range of community groups such as general practitioners, Primary Health Organisations (PHO’s), counselling services, budgeting services, and employment related services.

Our range of services

  • Mental Health Services – Mobile Community, Residential, Adult & Youth Services, Pacific Navigation Service
  • Alcohol and other Drugs Services – Mobile Community and Residential; WellTrust Youth AOD Service
  • Disability Support Services – Mobile Community and Residential
  • Community and Employment Services for people with health and disability needs.

How to enter a Q-nique service

Mostly people gain access to our Services through referral from the District Health Boards Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Services.
We also take direct referrals for some of our Services – such as directly from the person (self-referral), family, whanau, or community mental health team members, general practitioners, and others in the community.
To find out more about what might suit best and who to contact please contact us, so we can assist with entry to our services.


Q-nique started from small beginnings as a community service working alongside people in the Hutt Valley who were experiencing mental illness.
In 1987 the United Nations declared this year as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Two Religious sisters in the Lower Hutt Catholic Parish of St Peter and Paul were inspired by this declaration, and subsequently
Q-nique (then called Stepping Stones) was developed with seed funds from the Parish.
The Service originally provided shelter for a small number of homeless people experiencing mental health illness. With time and ongoing review of philosophy and approach, changes were made to the name of the organisation to better reflect the thinking at the time. Stepping Stones was changed to Step Ahead Together in 1993, and in 2002 to Q-nique Ltd; later to become registered as an Incorporated Society with Charitable Trust status in 2005.
Q-nique plans to review its brand and name sometime in 2013, as it establishes itself as a lead provider or non government organisation (NGO) in the region.