Wings Trust | Manu Wairua
Wings Trust Community

Achieve long term recovery from alcohol & other drug use, in Auckland

Wings Trust provides an effective, confidential & individualised residential treatment programme.

Individuals acquire strategies to cope with daily life without substance use, with the help of experienced staff and the adapted therapeutic community.


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Supporting Partners & Communities

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Overcome addiction in a safe & supportive environment

Wings Trust uses an adapted therapeutic community model to help people overcome addiction and build strong long-term habits.

Individuals who join a programme stay in a safe, structured and supportive environment at Wings Trust, ranging from 8 weeks up to 12 months.

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What is unique about the Wings Trust Manu Wairua model?

Our community empowers individuals to tackle addiction safely with support from staff and home hosts. Participants find a place to belong, contribute and build long-lasting connections for long-term recovery.

How does this programme make a difference?

It supports the varying needs of individuals whether at the beginning, middle or end of their recovery journey – this helps each person to receive the right support at each stage of recovery.

Why is the community model used?

This model has been proven to achieve powerful results for individuals helping them to build daily routines and tackle common challenges together with others in the recovery process.

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Wings Trust community members

Success Stories

Hear our member’s experience with Wings Trust:
“I have been given an opportunity to take the time and space to explore my identity in recovery.

It was a time of seeing what works and what doesn’t work for me and try a different way of being.

Being at Wings helps me to live and practice a life with recovery at the core of my day to day life and I am so grateful for the support that I was given throughout my time at Wings.

Thank you for not giving up on me and giving me the chance to develop a love of life, people, and myself. Wings is my whanau and I am really proud to be a Wings family member”

Community members enjoying key moments in life

Don’t miss out on key life moments, during recovery

It is important for individuals to have autonomy and independence on their recovery journey.

While at Wings Trust, individuals are encouraged to spend afternoons on self-directed recovery activities.

This can be used for pro-social activities such as:

  • Attending community 12-step meetings;
  • Rehab admission appointments;
  • Going to the gym or sporting activities;

Mornings are dedicated to 1-on-1 therapy, structured therapeutic groups and activities.

We encourage individuals to maintain relationships with supportive friends and family, with options to have them visit or stay on certain occasions.

Community members helping each other out and serving kai

A safe, inclusive community for everyone

Wings Trust has helped over 3,000 people on their recovery journey. With over 40 years of experience, we’ve created a safe and inclusive environment for all.

Clear rules, structures and boundaries are in place to keep everyone safe.

All new individuals are assigned a peer and dedicated counsellor to provide guidance during recovery. Before joining, they also undergo a drug & alcohol assessment.

Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted to maintain a substance-free environment.

Individuals also learn to live in the community with a high trust accountability model which promotes personal responsibility, resilience and accountability.

Treatment Programmes

Our treatment programmes aim to nuture mana and foster long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs through connection (whanaungatanga), accountability, and community (hapori).

Core Programmes

New Beginnings Treatment

New Beginnings

8 WeeksFor those starting recovery

For individuals starting their recovery journey. It equips them with the skills for success in rehabilitation in a safe community environment.

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Community Reintegration Treatment

Community Reintegration

Up to 4 MonthsFor ongoing treatment

Over 4 months, receive support to apply treatment skills into daily life and reintegrate into society.

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Extended Programmes

Level 4 (After Care)

Level 4 (After Care)

Up to 12 monthsFor Graduates

Providing a gentle step back into the community while living independently without substances.

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Home Hosting

Home Hosting

Up to 12 MonthsFor Graduates

Helping senior graduates extend recovery routines to continue building interpersonal skills.

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Tour our Residence & Community

Private, safe and modern residential spaces located across Mount Eden & Sandringham in Auckland.
We have 8 recovery houses available (hosting up to 35 clients), with options for women-only and LGBTQIA+ safe spaces.

One of the residence spaces in Mt Eden
Wings Trust member putting up washing & laundry
Shared living residence preparing kai
Two community members engaging in restoring their daily way of living

Meet our Team

Wings trust was established in 1986, with over 36 years of experience in helping community members abstain from substances.

The Wings Trust Team
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Use evidence-based techniques, which work

Our programme uses evidence-based models to ensure each person gets effective treatment.

This enables them to make long-term changes so they can easily reintegrate into everyday life.

Activity & group therapy, peer support and the community play a crucial part in the recovery journey, providing a sense of belonging and purpose.

Individuals are able to develop skills to support consequential thinking, relapse prevention and emotional sobriety.

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Start here to make the change you desire

We will work with motivated individuals who are willing to engage with the programme and currently live within in the greater Auckland Region* or Northland.

If you are concerned for a loved one, we need them to contact us directly for us in order to begin the admission process.

If you’re not sure on where to begin, learn about local 12-Step Groups. (You don’t need to be sober to attend these meetings – but a desire to be clean and sober is helpful.)

Due to privacy and confidentiality requirements, we cannot enrol loved ones without their express consent.

This also helps us and the individual to understand their goals and expectations for the program.

Need more help with a family member or friend? Visit Al-Anon for advice.

Eligbility Criteria

  • Over 18 years old
  • NZ Citizen or Resident
  • No sexual offences
  • Motivated to work with Wings
  • No history of arson
  • Understands rules
  • Located within Auckland
  • Sober 5 days prior to admission
  • Not using prescribed drugs*
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Privacy & Confidentiality

Privacy and confidentiality are an essential element to recovery so that individuals feel safe and have a supportive environment to make progress.

We don’t share any sensitive information without each person’s consent. This also includes with other family members.

This is important so we can build trust with Tangata Whai Ora so they feel comfortable opening up about their issues and working through them with counsellors and within peer groups.

Our Admission Process at Wings Trust

Wings Staff on a call to understand background and goals
Step 1
Start the admission process

An initial assessment where our staff will understand your background and goals.

If eligible, we’ll start the admission process, which can take 2 - 4 weeks.

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One of the residence spaces in Mt Eden
Step 2
Get placed into a residence

On arrival, each individual is paired with a peer who help provide guidance & support.

All residences have a home-host who helps manage the shared space.

Explore Residence
Talking with your dedicated counsellor
Step 3
Meet your dedicated counsellor

A counsellor supports each individual to maintain long-term abstinence through one-on-one therapy sessions.

Meet Staff
A Wings Trust community member in their residence applying techniques to have a normal everyday life
Step 4
Work through your treatment pathway

To help build a wider support network, each person also attends four community 12-step meetings each week, with a variety of activities & groups to support their recovery.

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Common Questions

Get in touch with us

Ways to Reach Us

If you need help or have a question, our staff are ready. We are available Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Our phone number
09 815 1631
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Not ready?

If you need someone to talk to or don’t know where to start, we are here to help.


For someone else?

Our staff are happy to help answer any questions you may have, but we cannot enrol any person without their permission.

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