Enliven enables older people and people with disability to live independently at home by providing home support and day programmes at the Enliven Centre.

Enliven Intensive Home Support provides clients with a team of experts that support clients in their journey to independence, whilst the Enliven Centre is a nurturing environment that encourages physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Day programmes are also available in Central Hawke's Bay.


Enliven Home Support

Enliven Intensive Home Support provides specialised care, individually tailored to each client’s specific needs. Our friendly support workers are trained to deliver practical assistance with day-to-day needs, as well as the emotional support and encouragement that can make such a difference.

We focus on restoring the physical, mental and social well-being of the people in our care. The goal is to work in partnership with our clients in a way that maximises their independence and helps them achieve their goals.

Enliven is the only service of its kind that gives you access to a team of experts, including a dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and social worker.

Enliven Intensive Home Support is funded by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, but even if clients don’t qualify for funding, they can be provided with a private payers’ rate. Ask your doctor to refer you to Enliven, or speak to the Enliven team.




The Enliven Centre

The Enliven Centre on Pakowhai Road provides day programmes to over 150 people each week, and is a beautiful environment for people to socialise, share a meal, and participate in a range of programmes from fitness instruction to art. Clients are encouraged to challenge themselves, and they have achieved some outstanding results.

Physical activities such as Move to Music, which run Monday to Friday, help to prevent accidents and serious injuries caused by falls. 

All activities have a social component, and this is the highlight for many clients, especially those who may otherwise find themselves socially isolated at home.

Enliven Centre day programmes offer:

  • A social meeting place and a chance to make new friends
  • A tasty, nutritious two-course lunch
  • Group outings
  • A range of interesting and fun activities
  • Flexible programmes to accommodate attendees’ interests
  • Physical activity; strength, balance and mobility classes
  • Beautiful, disability-friendly, indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Trained, friendly staff

Transportation is available and can be arranged at an additional cost. You may qualify for a free subsidy to attend. Please contact the Enliven Centre to find out more about days and times of the programmes on offer.


Community Strength and Balance Programme

Enliven is the East Coast’s lead agency for a falls minimisation initiative, ‘Community Strength and Balance’, driven by ACC, the Ministry of Health and the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC).   

As lead agency, Enliven takes referrals for Approved Community Strength & Balance Classes, supporting exercise providers to maintain quality classes and increasing the number of Strength and Balance classes available.

The aim of the initiative is to reduce incidents of falls and fractures and support older people, who are at risk of falling or aged 65 and over, to live stronger for longer in their own homes, on their own terms.

“Falling over is not a ‘normal’ part of the ageing process and we understand that older people want to control if and when it’s time to move to residential care. A ‘fall’ shouldn't take that choice away from them.

The Live Stronger for Longer brand represents the collaborative effort from Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB), community exercise providers, carers and health professionals to reduce the number and severity of falls in our region.

The clinical aspect supports the work Enliven is facilitating in the community. Only community providers who meet nationally approved evidence-based criteria for group strength and balance will be eligible to use the quality mark.

Look for the ‘tick’ when selecting a class to know that it meets national agreed standards.

If you are an exercise provider and interested in becoming an approved Strength and Balance provider or wish to access an approved class please contact Clare on 0800 4 Enliven for more information.


  • People over 65, have a 1 in 3 chance of falling, and between 10% and 20% of these falls result in an injury such as a hip fracture, hospitalisation or death
  • For people aged 80 and over, the risk of falling increases to 1 in 2
  • Falls are the most common and costly cause of injury in older people
  • Falls cause around 40% of ACC claims for people aged between 65 and 69, and around 60% of claims for those aged over 85
  • Severity of fall-related injury increases with age – an 80-year-old has 15 times the risk of a hip fracture compared with a 65-year-old
  • A hip fracture for someone aged 80 or over is associated with a 33% chance of entering residential care, and a 20% chance of dying within 12 months

Gisborne STEP OUT
Strength & Balance Classes

Step Out Provides

  • An assessment of your mobility and falls risk

  • Home exercise programme to support you between classes

  • Ongoing Support via phone calls

  • Regular reviews of your progress

  • Information from specialists on ways to reduce falls and maintain your independence

Step Out Classes

Monday 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 10.30am to 12.00pm
Senior Citizens Hall, 30 Grey Street, Gisborne

$2.00 per session

Step Out extended sessions: Sessions are extended bi-monthly to accommodate guest speakers.10.30am to 12.30pm.  

Tai Chi for Health Programme

Join a friendly group in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The sets are easy to learn and scientifically proven to be safe and effective for health.

Wednesday: 9.00am to 10.00am, during the school term only Senior Citizens Hall, 30 Grey Street, Gisborne

$2.00 per session

Whanau and friends are welcome to attend.

To join Step Out or Tai Chi for Health please contact: 
Kiri Taylor - Enliven Community Services Coordinator

Phone: 06 868 1399 or 029 771 1831

Contact us

Enliven Home Support

87 Te Mata Road

PO Box 8119, Havelock North 4157

0800 4 ENLIVEN or 06 281 2534


Enliven Centre

2087 Pakowhai Road, Pakowhai 4183

06 844 1751


Enliven Tairãwhiti

141 Bright Street

PO Box 940, Gisborne 4040

06 868 1399