Mosaic is an innovative support service offered by Enliven Disability Services that works alongside young people under 65 living with disability.

Our aim is to enable our clients by offering choice, building confidence and skills. We empower and support our clients to live an ordinary life as valued members of the community.

The Mosaic house in Taradale.

Our iconic Mosaicked building is the first purpose built Creative Space in New Zealand and is a significant public art work. Designed by our students, local artists and the Mosaic Hapu, the word Mosaic was chosen to describe the service and means putting the pieces together to create the whole, a symbol of the Mosaic community.


Our Mosaic programmes have a strong creative emphasis.

Mosaic is the home of ‘Outsider Art’ in Hawke’s Bay, offering creative opportunities for students who specialise in this genre.

Students can develop existing and new skills in structured group courses or as individuals with the opportunity to exhibit their work.

Creative Space programmes include:

  • Courses in Painting, drawing, printmaking & mixed media work
  • Independent art studio spaces 
  • Mosaic groups
  • Jewellery making
  • Maori art 
  • Bone carving 
  • Clay group
  • Wood work
  • Craft groups

A range of other programmes are available on site and in the wider community, that reflect the aspirations and interests of the Mosaic community. The student-driven term programme is offered in an inclusive and safe environment, that promotes choice, increased independence, education and personal development for students. We aim to support students to have the life that they choose and take a valued role in their community.


Practical skills

Practical skills are developed that students can apply to everyday life, learning at their own pace in a supportive environment that is facilitated by qualified and experienced staff.

Main key features of the Mosaic centre include:

  • Taradale location
  • Inclusive and accessible facilities
  • Open week days, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm
  • Close to public transport and other community facilities
  • Wide variety of courses & programmes to suit most interests and abilities
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Friendly supportive atmosphere
  • Funded to provide services to 48 clients

Mosaic receives contributory funding from the TEC and Ministry of Social Development. An enrollment criteria and application pack can be sorted on enquiry to the manager.

ACE - Adult and Community Education

Mosaic offers ACE education to students with different abilities in the areas of numeracy, literacy and computer literacy. Literacy is embedded throughout the Mosaic programme as appropriate, supporting students to improve their written and oral literacy.

Our target group are within the three ACE priorities of:

  • Targeting learners whose initial learning was not successful
  • Raising foundation skills
  • Strengthening social cohesion, enhancing a learners ability to participate in society and economic life

Specific ACE activities may include:

  • Group literacy & numeracy courses        
  • Computers for beginners
  • Open computer sessions                               
  • Creative writing
  • Mosaic radio show                                                  
  • Internet courses

Eight ACE focused courses are available to students each term as part of the programme.

‘Providing community based education that meets community need’

Community participation

Community participation is part of our daily programme. Most courses integrate community experiences for our students in their community.  Students can choose a variety of vocational and leisure activities that will support them to have the life that they choose.  
Community participation activities may include:

  • Voluntary work                    
  • Sporting activities
  • Joining clubs
  • Walking group
  • Off site art courses
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Shopping
  • Library visits
  • External studies
  • Out door activities
  • Student social group
  • Social activities with friends

Contact us

429a Gloucester Street, Taradale

06 844 4636