Auckland NZDSA – Regional Information

Maia Faulkner

Auckland – Representative

[email protected]

Information, support and advocacy services – Auckland and NZ wide

Auckland Down Syndrome Association (Auckland): The Auckland Down Syndrome Association Inc (‘ADSA’) is a family/whanāu support organisation. We provide information and support for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Child Development Services:

Starship Developmental Paediatrics (Central & East Auckland), Kidz First Child Development (South Auckland), Waitemata DHB Child Development (North & West Auckland).

Child Disability Allowance

(provided by the Ministry of Social Development via Work and Income):
Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child. If you receive the Child Disability Allowance you should automatically receive a Community Services Card.

Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) – Auckland

 NASC (provided by Taikua Trust): We provide FREE needs assessment and service coordination (NASC) in the greater Auckland region–from Mercer to Wellsford. We’ll find out if you’re eligible to receive Ministry of Health disability supports and services and make sure your disability needs are met throughout your life.

Early Intervention Services – Auckland

The Early intervention Service (provided by the Ministry of Education): Our Early Intervention Service provides specialist support for children who have a developmental or learning delay, a disability, a behaviour difficulty or a communication difficulty that significantly affects their ability to participate and learn at home or in an early childhood education setting.

Early Intervention Service (provided by CCS Disability Action):

We are contracted to deliver Early Intervention services for the Ministry of Education in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin. This involves providing holistic support services to families and children with additional education needs from the time they are born until they are settled in at school.

Early Intervention Service

(provided by Ohomairangi Trust for the Counties Manukau region only): Ohomairangi Trust is a Specialist Service Provider accredited by the Ministry of Education to service children 0-6 with high or very high special needs.  We have a trained team of psychologists, early intervention teachers and speech language therapists.

Disability Connect (NZ wide):

Disability Connect is a Disability Information Advisory Service. We are based in Penrose and operate throughout Auckland – north to Warkworth and south to Pukekohe.

Parent to Parent (NZ wide):

Often raising a child with a disability is an experience that isn’t planned, and we know it can be a challenging journey. We can inform, educate, inspire and support you as you navigate your way through your family’s experience with disability. Our services are free and confidential.

Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Service (NZ wide):

The Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service is a free service that operates independently from all health and disability service providers and agencies. If you want to know more about your rights when using health or disability services, get questions answered, or talk through your options for making a complaint, we can help.

Inclusive Education Action Group (NZ wide):

We promote knowledge, attitudes, policies and practices that facilitate inclusive education so all children, young people and adults, including those with disabilities, have equal opportunities to learn, belong, and flourish in their local, regular, educational setting.

Social, Recreational and Therapy Services – Auckland & NZ wide

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (Whangarei, Auckland & Hawke’s Bay): The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre was established in March 2004 by singer and songwriter Hinewehi Mohi who named it after her daughter Hineraukatauri who has severe cerebral palsy. Hineraukatauri, and thousands of other New Zealanders, have found a way to express themselves through music therapy, at the Centre named after her.

New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association – NZRDA (NZ wide):

Making a positive difference. At NZRDA, it’s our goal to make a positive difference in local communities across New Zealand. We offer specialised therapeutic horse riding through a range of tailored programmes for people living with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

Recreate NZ (Auckland, Christchurch, Waikato, Bay of Plenty):

Recreate NZ provides programmes across Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty & Christchurch for young people with disabilities. From cycling the Otago Rail Trail to a night out for dinner and a movie, we have something for everyone.

PHAB (Auckland):

PHAB is an inclusive organisation that ‘walks the talk’ promoting self-reliance that enhances the social opportunities for people with disabilities and supporting our members towards designing meaningful lives for themselves.

Touch Compass (NZ wide):

Touch Compass is New Zealand’s favourite inclusive performance art company. We’ve been creating experiences for audiences, and for disabled and non-disabled performers since 1997.

StarJam (NZ wide):

Where young New Zealanders with disabilities unleash their full potential through the magic of music, dance and performance.