About HMS Trust
A society that values and celebrates the diversity of all people
Paving the way for successful settlement
> To connect, support, and advocate for the refugee and migrant communities
> To maintain and establish stakeholder relationships
> To foster participation of newcomers in the community
To enable refugees and migrants to be engaged members of the community
To strengthen the organization, grow existing projects while developing new ones.
We go the extra mile to get excellent results. Our hope is our clients feel appreciated, supported and experience a real difference in their journey to successful settlement.
We act with professionalism and confidentiality in a trusting and safe environment
All people matter. We respect and appreciate inclusion and the diversity of all cultures
We accept people for who they are. We show respect by being present, listening and open communication.
We do what we say we will do. We are honest and we are accountable for our actions.
Everybody is part of a family. We are supported, connected and belong
Hamilton Multicultural Services (HMS) Trust was established as a Charitable Trust in February 1999. The Trust was formed out of concern regarding the gaps in services for people from different cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The strategic focus of the Trust was to improve access for refugees and migrants to aid successful settlement and to increase the awareness of receiving communities.
The first service offered by the Trust was the provision of an Interpreting Service and in May of 2000 the Interpreting Service opened and operated from an office in Knox Street. The service still operates today under the name Decypher, and also provides translation of written documents.
The Trust moved in October of 2004 to the Multicultural Centre in Boundary Road (the former Marist Rugby Club rooms). In October 2006 the Multicultural Centre was renamed the Waikato Migrant Resource Centre, and in December 2017 it became Settlement Centre Waikato.
Today the HMS Trust has various services and projects to support migrants and former refugees settling in Hamilton and other parts of New Zealand including:
- Decypher (interpreting and translation)
- InfoNOW (multilingual settlement information service)
- Passport 2 Drive (community driving school)
- Open Road (refugee driver training programme)
- Migrant Employment Solutions
- Computers in Homes
- Ethnic Football Festival
Natasha Harvey - Board Chairperson
David Gibson - Board Treasurer
Charlie Gower - Board secretary
Christina Howe – Trustee
Richard Cain- Trustee
Raewyn Kirkman – Trustee
Dr Asad Mohsin – Trustee
Hope Allum – Trustee
Rob Rope – Trustee
Caroline McCurdie – Trustee
Ellie, Tania and Leanne
Ellie began working for the Trust at the end of January 2010. Ellie comes to the Trust from a background in the community and voluntary sector, having worked in this capacity with the Tertiary Education Commission and with Wintec. Ellie has a sound understanding of the relationships between government and community groups. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Adult and Community Education and Sociology and also comes to the Trust with significant local and government networks.
Passport 2 Drive Manager:
Tania has been working for the trust since 2009 and has significantly improved reporting and accountability requirements for the Trust. Being an immigrant from South Africa, she has a strong and personal understanding of the migration experience. Tania now manages the Passport 2 Drive Community Driving School and the national Refugee Driving Mentor programme. She loves the challenge of working in a staff team where diversity and different types of expertise are so greatly valued. Tania’s background includes developing her own business in detecting fraud and was until recently the Treasurer for the Motel Association of New Zealand.
Decypher Interpreting & Translations Manager:
Leanne joined Decypher in August 2011 and quickly developed a passion for supporting vulnerable people in our community for whom language is a barrier. Leanne had previously worked in management roles in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years and has lived the majority of her life in the Waikato so brought extensive networks and knowledge with her to Decypher.
HMS Trust Operations Manager
Finance Assistant / Data Base Developer
SETTLEMENT CENTRE WAIKATO
Reception and Information Service
PASSPORT 2 DRIVE
Bike Training Coordinator
COMPUTER IN HOMES
Computers In Homes Coordinator
Computers in Homes Tutor
MIGRANT EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS
Migrant Employment Solutions Coordinator
Migrant Employment Solutions Support
DECYPHER INTERPRETING & TRANSLATION
Language services Manager
Accounts Officer/Staff Interpreters
Divya Anand (Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu)
Interpreter Coordinators/Staff Interpreters
Ruby Liu (Mandarin/Cantonese)
Sopheap Chhim (Cambodian)
Business Development Consultant
NZ Ethnic Football Festival Coordinator
HealthRight Interpreting – providing interpreters to enrolled refugee clients in Midlands General Practices in Hamilton.
Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Provides funding for the Refugee Driver Mentoring Programme
Migrant Employment Solutions – Skilled Migrant Matching Service
Ministry of Education
Computers in Home – A programme which delivers computer learning modules for refugee families with school-aged children.
NZ Ethnic Football Festival
WEL Energy Trust
Grant towards vehicle costs for community driving school