About HMS Trust
> 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
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)
- New Kiwis Settlement Service ( Refugee Settlement Support)
- Passport 2 Drive (community driving school)
- Bike Trainings (bike road safety education)
- Open Road (refugee driver training programme)
- Migrant Employment Solutions
- Community Connectors
- Computers in Homes
- Ethnic Football Festival
Claire van der Most – Executive Chair
Dr Asad Mohsin – Trustee
Helen Carter – Trustee
Christina Ogg – Trustee
David Rickard – Board Treasurer
Natasha Harvey - Trustee
Abdul Gibraan – Trustee
Tabs Rauf - Trustee
Paul Oettli – Lead Trustee
Richard Cain- Trustee
Jannat Maqbool – Trustee
Megan Beveridge - Board Secretary
Claire van der Most
Claire has led teams for over 20 years across the For Purpose, Public and Private Sectors, in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is currently the Deputy Chair of Age Concern Hamilton, is a member of the Institute of Directors and has a Masters’ degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Having worked with Board’s for over 15 years, Claire keeps an eye on the ‘big picture’ whilst ensuring things get done; and she understands and values the importance of relationships. Claire balances her positive energy with her caring yet pragmatic approach. Making a difference in the lives of others makes Claire ‘tick’. She is delighted to be part of the HMS Trust team – supporting migrants and refugees to feel included and valued. She believes in having fun in all walks of life and regularly steps out of her comfort zone. Most recently she has started to learn to surf and in 2018 walked her first-ever marathon.
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.
Language Services Partner
Abdullah brings with him significant sector and business development experience and has a genuine passion for making a difference in our community. Before joining the Trust, Abdullah worked at English Language Partners and Waikato Refugee Forum Inc for 10 years. Abdullah has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato. He has been teaching accounting and accounting software, as well developing course recourse for adult learners at Fraser High School since 2012. In his spare time Abdullah enjoys walking, reading books and watching documentaries.
Support Services Partner:
Merzia comes to the Trust with a ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualification and a background in audit and finance. She started in a finance role for the HMS Trust in 2012 and since then has been part of the organization’s journey. Leading the Support Services team, Merzia is responsible for Finance, IT, Risk, and Compliance. With an eye for detail and the ability to relate with the diverse communities the Trust serves, Merzia finds her purpose meets her passion in her current role. She enjoys spending time with family and exploring new places. Her most enjoyable experience has been the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in 2020.
People and Capability Partner:
Ange has a background in management, leadership, and Human Resources and is a personal coach – specialising in communication and personal development. Her approach to HR is holistic and with her positive energy, focusing on people and the organisation, she brings the best out in everyone. Ange is passionate about helping people discover their values and develop the tools they need for personal and professional success. She lives in Coromandel Town, loves living by the sea and enjoys a country lifestyle – particularly her many animals. .
Support Services Officer
SETTLEMENT CENTRE WAIKATO
Reception and Information Service
Building Security Assistant
PASSPORT 2 DRIVE
Passport2Drive Team Lead
Admin Support / Instructor
Coordinator / Instructor
Zeenat Fatima – South Auckland
Dimple Parmar – Dunedin
Patricia Novoa – Hamilton
Anne-Lise Mouchel – Nelson
Saw John Poe – Palmerston North
COMPUTER IN HOMES
MIGRANT EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS
Migrant Employment Solutions Coordinator
Migrant Employment Solutions Support
DECYPHER INTERPRETING & TRANSLATION
Divya Anand (Hindi / Punjabi / Urdu)
Terri Tauliili (Samoan)
Shivangi Kachhala (Gujarati / Hindi)
Maria Ceballos (Spanish)
Nguyet Nguyen Thi Nhu (Vietnamese)
Rebecca Morris (Mandarin / Cantonese)
Translation Coordinator/Staff Interpreter
Ruby Liu (Mandarin / Cantonese)
Community Connector Coordinator
Affordable Energy Navigator Coordinator
NZ Ethnic Football Festival Coordinator