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Impact Lab worked alongside government agencies to measure the impact of the Mana Ake Programme. St John of God Waipuna is engaged with Mana Ake as an implementation partner NGO employing the front line kaimahi.

Mana Ake works with all children in years 0-8 at Canterbury schools. The GoodMeasure report of ManaAke calculated those receiving face-to-face and group support totalling 5500 children. Mana Ake’s real-world impact is much greater, as the initiative touches the lives of all 52, 000 primary aged children in Canterbury. The outcomes that directly contributed to this inaugural social value calculation included:

  • Improved mental health
  • Improved educational achievement
  • Improved physical health
  • Reduced addiction
  • Reduced mental health incidents.

These factors of direct and avoided costs combined to a total of $117,075,157 of social value. That represented a total of $23,652 in value generated per participant against a cost of $1,598.

Overall that meant that from this initial research, that every $1 invested in Mana Ake results in $13.32 returned to NZ. See The Good Measure Report to see the full results and analysis.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact George Anderson, General Manager Communications and Marketing on or 021 244 9274.

About St John of God Hauora Trust

St John of God Hauora Trust is a provider of health and social services in New Zealand. The organisation operates 124 rooms of residential care and rehabilitation and therapy services in Canterbury and the greater Wellington region, alongside a youth development agency in Canterbury.

More information is available about the organisation at and

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