The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust is the result of a vision of two men who seized the opportunity to develop a unique organisation, providing care and support to not only individuals who were in need of relocation due to psycho-paedic institutionalisation but also for people that wished for a “life style”.

Murray Lynds and Peter Rutherford established the Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust in Thames, a small rural town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in 1994. After a career working as an educator within state institutions Peter Rutherford was keen to develop a service that creatively offered individuals a life style approach – a home for life – based on a community within a community setting. A partnership was created with Murray Lynds who had a career in tourism and hospitality along with business management skills. This combination of hotel and institutional care flourished and today the Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust stands proud within the sector.

A collection of small cottages were purchased and leased to build a community within a community. Based on support from high needs and dependency to semi-independent, the service has evolved. Support is an important part of the service for everyone involved with the Trust, along with a strong focus on education and independence and focusing on abilities.