Kia ora to the Aotearoa Down syndrome community

The NZDSA National Committee and the team at National office hope that you and your whānau are adapting to the latest Covid 19 restrictions and we hope you are taking care of each other. Our thoughts are with you and we want you to know that the NZDSA National office team members continue to work remotely and we are able to provide you with information and support. You can contact the NZDSA on 0800 693 724 or [email protected]

We will be collating information that we feel might be useful for you so keep checking. If you find information that you think will benefit other families, then please email  [email protected]

General information

Important information for disabled people and their whañau

12 –15-year-olds can be vaccinated with their family

Young people aged 12–15 will be able to join parents or caregivers getting their vaccination, making it easier for families to get vaccinated together.

Medsafe gave provisional approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 12–15-year-olds in New Zealand in June. The government has now approved the vaccine for use for 12–15-year-olds.

From Friday 20 August, as parents or guardians become eligible to book their vaccine, they can also book any 12–15-year-olds in their family or whānau.

People who already have a booking may be able to add to an existing booking or make an additional booking for their 12-15-year-old.

There are several ways young people aged 12–15 and their family or whānau can get their vaccine, including:

  • at a community vaccination hub
  • at a GP or community pharmacy offering the vaccine
  • at other community-based sites such as faith-based locations or marae.

At this stage, the COVID-19 vaccine will not be available to children through their school-based vaccination programme.

To make or change a booking:

  • go to
  • phone the COVID Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26, (8am-8pm, 7 days a week).

If you’ve already booked directly with your GP or pharmacy, talk to them about adding family members.

Online Events

Cocktail hour for parents and whānau on Friday 3rd September at 5pm on Zoom Meeting ID: 813 9659 1304, Passcode:345532

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session – Parents and whānau on Sunday 29th August at 7.30pm on Zoom – Meeting ID: 871 4362 3616

Supper club with STRIVE – Youth and adults with Down syndrome. Join us for a quiz night on the 30th August. Please bring paper and a pen. On Monday 30th August at 7pm on Zoom. Meeting ID: 860 4096 0253, Passcode: 049676

Coffee club – this week the theme is Teddy Bear Picnic – For parents, whānau and children on Tuesday 31st August at 3pm on Zoom. Meeting ID: 857 0787 4607, Passcode: 959530

Speech and Language Therapy Session for parents and whānau on Tuesday 31st August at 7pm on Zoom. Please register for this Webinar.

Easy Read Information

Information in Te Reo and NZ Sign Language

Other information you may find useful

Helpful information to look after your well being

Protect yourself:

Four easy steps to protect ourselves and others and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay away from others if you feel unwell