Making life better

Nova is where change
happens, every day and has been
supporting change since 1981.


Nova is a leading New Zealand NGO and Social Enterprise making life better for those affected by alcohol, drugs and other life challenges.


Our skilled and compassionate people work closely with service users, their whānau, families and communities, to change lives. Nova Trust currently manages three distinct services. The Trust is based in Canterbury and operates services, from its main site, in a rural setting on the outskirts of Christchurch. We work with both male and female adult service-users, who can be referred from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Treatment & Recovery

Our recovery oriented service and programme provides treatment, rehabilitation and supported accommodation for those affected by addiction.

Supported Treatment and Recovery

Our supported treatment centre provides services as an ‘Approved Provider’,
as part of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017.    The service is part of wider models of care operating nationally, offering a residential placement following a medical detoxification and stabilisation of health.

Food and Farming Social Enterprise

Our well established Social Enterprise is a thriving horticulture and farming business, which provides Nova service-users the opportunity of developing employment and life skills as part of their treatment programme.