What we stand for


Sahaayta was established in 2013 with a vision to enhance the status, health and well-being of South-Asian community through holistic, confidential and culturally appropriate services.

Sahaayta is the delivery arm of South Asian Trust Inc. Primary focus for the Trust remains with the provision of client centred, culturally appropriate professional services to migrant and former refugee families. However, we have extended our services to over thirty ethnic communities including Maori, Pasifika and European.



Sucharita Varma

Sucharita has worked in the social services sector for the past 11 years and has established Sahaayta counselling and social support in Counties Manukau in 2013.

She comes from a counselling background and is responsible for creating the model and providing oversight for the service delivery for Gandhi Nivas Programme which operates across three locations in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland.

Sucharita comes from Hyderabad in Southern India and has migrated to New Zealand in 2001.

Sucharita is passionate about working with families, especially from migrant and refugee background. She is particularly interested in family counselling where she uses a holistic approach in her work with her clients.

Languages: Hindi, Telugu and English

Availability: Mon - Fri - 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

Team Leader

Zoya Salim Kara

Zoya comes from Mumbai, India. She moved to New Zealand in 2009. As a recent migrant, she has experienced a lot of challenges new immigrants face when they move to a new country. Zoya values how the counselling process empowers people and how it allows for a persons own resiliency to emerge and be built upon. Zoya has been working with domestic violence for the past five years. Zoya has a Diploma in Counselling and is a Provisional Member of NZAC.

Languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu and English

Availability: Mon - Fri - 9.30am to 5.00pm


Omar Ali

Provisional Member of NZAC

Mob: 021 0240 3480
Tel: (09) 280 4064
Email: omar@sahaayta.org.nz

Social Worker/AoD Practitioner

Carols Gimmy

Mob: 022 163 6962
Tel: (09) 280 4064
Email: carols@sahaayta.org.nz


(09) 280 4064info@sahaayta.org.nz15A Norman Spencer Drive Papatoetoe, Auckland 2104


  • "Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself"
    - Jessye Norman
  • "Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony"
    - Mahatma Gandhi

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