History at MIX – Lower Hutt

Formerly known as Take 5 & Te Whare Marama, services originally started in 1980 as an informal social / support group for those with mental health needs in the Hutt valley. Set up under the Hutt Mental Health Regional Network, it went on to develop a day programme with social and recreational activities, life skills programmes and work co-operatives.

The property at 212 Knights Rd was purchased in 1991 by the Hutt District of the Wellington Area Health Board with a grant from the sale of state telecommunications, for use by Take 5. After a long battle, resource consent was obtained and a prefab was relocated to the premises in 1992. In 1993 the prefab was transformed into an Art workspace, with funding from the then Community Funding Agency. The Art Space was named Te Whare Marama.

In 1995 Take 5 separated from the umbrella of Hutt Regional Community Mental Health Services (Inc) and became Take 5 & Te Whare Marama Incorporated.

A merger in 2012 with Modern Approach to Social Health (MASH) in Upper Hutt has resulted in the Society changing into Mix – Connecting, Creating, Living Incorporated.

History – From MASH to MIX Upper Hutt:

Formerly known as Modern Approach to Social Health (MASH), this service started in Upper Hutt in 1976.

The original vision was to offer a befriending service for people with disabilities living in Upper Hutt who were socially isolated.

Modern Approach to Social Health (MASH) became an Incorporated Society in 1995.


Mix – Connecting, Creating, Living Incorporated is the new name resulting from the merger of Lower Hutt’s Take 5 & Te Whare Marama Inc and Upper Hutt’s Modern Approach to Social Health Inc.

The two organisations had both been operating for at least 30 years providing support and services to socially isolated people, often those living with the experience of mental illness.

A decision was made in 2011 to merge the organisations in an effort to offer more varied programmes and activities for people within their local community.