The Settlement Centre Waikato initially operated under the name ‘Multicultural Centre’ at 2 Knox Street, Hamilton City Centre. The history of the Settlement Centre Waikato is a project of the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust (HMS Trust) which was established as a Charitable Trust in February 1999 in order to provide a range of services designed to assist newcomers to the Waikato region.
Initially Interpreting Services were needed to assist refugee and migrant communities with language barriers. At that stage the HMS Trust operated mainly as a not-for profit organisation offering interpreting and translations. In October, 2004, the Trust moved into the Settlement Centre Waikato on 46G Boundary Road at Claudelands Park. It was officially opened on 19 March, 2005 by the Hamilton city mayor Bob Simcock.