The Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional support for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision. They equip people with the skills needed to participate fully in society including living independently, getting around, technology, being socially active and looking for work.
Disability Resource Centres work to promote opportunities and facilities for the independence, mobility and recreation of people with disabilities as well as providing occupational, social and personal opportunities and facilities. They encourage and support the work of people with disabilities. Centres are located throughout the country.
Provide support and strengthen communities so people with disabilities are included in the life of their family/whanau and community.
IHC advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.
NASCs are organisations contracted by the Ministry of Health to work with disabled people and their family, whānau, aiga, or carers, to:
- identify their strengths and support needs
- outline what disability support services are available
- determine their eligibility for Ministry-funded support services.
ACC provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand. This means you can apply for our help, no matter how you got injured, or whose fault it was.
The role of the Health and Disability Commissioner is to ensure that the rights of consumers are upheld. This includes making sure that complaints about health or disability services providers are taken care of fairly and efficiently.
The Ombudsman handles complaints and investigates the administrative conduct of state sector agencies, including in relation to official information requests. They provide advice, guidance and training to state agencies, and work towards protecting your rights and implementation of the UN Disabilities Convention.
The Human Rights Commission work under the Human Rights Act 1993. The purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. They work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.
The Office for Disability Issues is the focal point in government on disability issues. They work toward a vision of New Zealand being a non-disabling society – a place where disabled people have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations.
The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.
Disability Support Services (DSS) within the Ministry of Health is responsible for funding support and services for people with disabilities.
It also leads the development and implementation of strategic plans that aim to ensure people with disabilities and their families are supported to live the lives they choose.
Te Pou leads a range of initiatives designed to address workforce development needs. Organisations can draw from Te Pou’s resources, tools and support to strengthen the services they deliver for people.
The Ministry of Education is the Government's lead advisor on the New Zealand education system, shaping direction for sector agencies and providers.
The Ministry of Social Development offers a range of services to help support people with disabilities through a number of programmes.
Work and Income provides employment services and financial assistance throughout New Zealand.
Te Puni Kōkiri leads Māori Public Policy and advises on policy affecting Māori well being. We are the principal advisor on Government-Māori relationships. We monitor policy and legislation, and we provide government with high quality policy advice.
Te Roopu Taurima is a kaupapa Maori service that supports people of all ethnicities with intellectual impairments around New Zealand. They provide residential and vocational support to clients, known as tangata, as well as out of family respite care, caregiver support, high and complex needs support, and choices in community living.
Hei Whakapiki Mauri is a series of hui in Waitaha that will empower Māori with disabilities and their whānau through knowledge and networks. Through Hei Whakapiki Mauri, you and your whānau can explore what is important to you through whakapapa, tikanga and reo. You will learn and grow together through whanaungatanga, adding to your kete of knowledge. Collectively you’ll put plans in place to make changes and achieve your goals.
Workbridge is the largest New Zealand-owned employment agency for disabled people with all types of disability, injury or illness. We are the specialists when it comes to working with disabled job seekers, employers and workplaces.
Careerforce works with employers nationwide to create and implement customised New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recognised training programmes. We have 48 unique qualifications registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework from level two through to six.