H o m e   P a g e 

Nau mai! Haere mai!

Welcome to the Manawatu Stewart Centre Website!


Providing positive community-based rehabilitation in partnership with people who have acquired brain injury

Ma Tatou Te Huarahi Hou E Kimi

Discovering New Pathways Together

Our Values

  • Caring support

  • Positive partnership

  • Honesty and integrity

  • Diversity respecting differences

  • Professionalism

  • Collaboration with Tangata Whenua

S I T E    S E A R C H

Enter Key Words

Our Service Provides:


  • Community participation

  • Cultural Diversity


  • Brain injury awareness and education

  • A safe, positive, social environment

  • Peer support and personal development


  • For people from 16 years of age with aquired Brain Injury

  • Applications assessed on an individual basis

*Exclusions: People whose needs are better met in mental health or intellectual disability services

Manawatu Stewart Centre Staff


Click on a Staff member to view their profile

Our History

A Stewart Centre was first established in Auckland by Alex and Mary Stewart in 1991 after their son,

Tommy's accident in Australia

In Palmerston North, the Stewart Centre operated for two years under the umbrella of the Brain Injury

 Association Central Districts (BIACD)

The Manawatu Stewart Centre Trust (MSCT) was established as a separate entity in January 2001, with

 Board members from BIACD and the Palmerston North community.


The Manawatu Stewart Centre has contact time and rehabilitation programmes 5 days a week 9am to 3pm

ACC and Ministry of Health contract MSCT as a preferred provider.
Referral process can be through an ACC Case Manager, Key Worker of any Support Agency, GP, Health Professional or family.

FOR SALE - Birthdays, Christmas, Special Occasions.........

Handmade Cards and Woodwork items for Sale

We have quite a selection of handmade designer cards and workshop creations made by our clients for purchase.

See our facebook page for more info and prices www.facebook.com/ManawatuStewartCentre Go to photos.

Call us or come in to our Centre today if you're interested in making a purchase.



News letters

Summer Newsletter 2013 - click here to download

Winter Newsletter 2013 - click here to download

Autumn Newsletter 2013 - click here to download


Upcoming Events and Activities

Central Connections Singing Group -

For people living with Neurological conditions

* Meet People  * Make Connections   *Have Fun

Every Tuesday.  1:30 to 3pm GOLD COIN DONATION

"Club Med" Manawatu Stewart Centre

Enquiries: 06 3546728

Client News Flash

Ode to the Brain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB7jSFeVz1U

Musician gives joy to people - Evening Standard August  14, 2013

Check out our choir master, Jennifer Moss. Therapeutic choir held at the Manawatu Stewart Centre, Club Med.

Read more ....


Stewart Centre paving the way for progress - Evening Standard July 22, 2013

Stacey Mulligan, 24.....Attending the Manawatu Stewart Centre this year has improved her balance, ability to sit straighter and social activity.  "I like it here, there are lots of people to meet and new things to do" ......

Read more ....



Stroke Recovery effort aided by friend's care - Tribune September 12, 2012

The old saying of "A friend in need is a friend indeed" is one that is spoken often but how many of us act upon that phrase? 

Read more ....


Vow of silence for stroke victims - Evening Standard Weekender September 8, 2012

Volunteers hoping to give stroke a voice took an hour-long vow of silence to promote understanding of the speech issues that confront stroke survivors.

Read more .....

Alex and Mary Stewart win QSM accolade for brain injury efforts

(taken from an article in the Kaipara Advocate - 6 June 2005)

A car accident that changed the lives of Alex and Mary Stewart and their son Tommy has led to royal honours for the Ruawai couple. They have been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for community service for their work in setting up the the Brain Injury Association and rehabilitation centres for people with head injuries. Read more ...

In honour of their achievement, Barry Griffin, a client at the Manawatu Stewart Centre, presented the Stewarts with a handmade wooden urn he had turned himself. Click here to view ..

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