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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

Click Here to download Manawatu Stewart Centre brochure

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 acquired Brain Injury

  • Applications assessed on an individual basis

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


The Manawatu Stewart Centre is audited by Health Audit NZ against two standards:

  • ISO 9001:2008- Quality Management System

  • NZS 8158:2012 - Home and Community Support Sector Standard


Manawatu Stewart Centre Staff


Jill Officer Manager

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.

The Referral process can be through an ACC Service Coordinator, Enable NASC, 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.

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

News letters

Autumn Newsletter 2014 - click here to download

Summer Newsletter 2013 - click here to download

Winter 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

Client News Flash

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


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 ....


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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