About McKenzie Centre
Established in 1982, with donations from the McKenzie Education Foundation and the Telethon Trust, McKenzie Centre has supported thousands of children with special needs, and their families, with quality early intervention services over the years.
We are also a registered charitable trust and licensed Early Childhood Centre.
From individual programmes to group support and more, our services have been specially crafted to benefit your child and family/whānau.
We draw on the diverse expertise of our specialised team to provide tailored support for children and families/whānau, including education, therapy, information and training in a variety of settings — in the home, at the child’s early childhood centre, at McKenzie Centre, during the child’s transition to school, and in other community locations.
McKenzie Centre and the Enrich Group
Enrich Group is a family of organisations with common and complementary services that support people with disabilities and those living with autism and neurodiversities.
It is the entity that acts as the kaitiaki (guardian) for the family of services which includes: McKenzie Centre, Enrich+, Enrich+ Property Trust and a partnership with Enrich Group Management Services.
Enrich Group’s focus as kaitiaki is to support and help each organisation offer more capacity to meet the increased demand for disability services in the community. That then allows the organisations to add value and provide greater workplace efficiencies.
McKenzie Centre's Partnership with Enrich+
In 2018, McKenzie Centre merged with Enrich+, another well-respected disability services provider in the Waikato. Each organisation was excited by the possibilities this partnership offered, from having more capacity to better meet the needs of people with disabilities and their families, to combining resources and adding value for greater efficiencies.
McKenzie Centre and Enrich+ share many values, as well as a vision of enabling people with disabilities and their whānau to have great lives. We also have a collective understanding of the role that disability service providers need to step up to take, in order to better support people with disabilities and their families, especially during this time of significant and exciting transformation within the disability sector.
Following the merger, McKenzie Centre has retained its focus on early intervention for children from birth to school age who have a disability or developmental delays, and their families. Enrich+ has continued to cater for children with autism from five years of age up, and to support youth and adults with disabilities from age 17 onwards. A key focus of the merger has been to grow each organisation, to better meet the demand for services which we know exists.
We are currently developing some joint projects to expand the range of services we provide. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer families a continuum of services throughout the lifespan of their children – a wrap-around service to support children who have disabilities before they start school, during their schooling years, and throughout their adulthood.