If you are looking for support because you or someone you care for has a disability, there are a number of ways you can get support from our Ministry. A good place to start is to get on the phone to one of our Needs Assessment Service Coordinator (NASC) organisations. They are nationwide so choose the one closest to you. All are very knowledgeable about what support is available and how Ministry funding is accessed.

This is something you can do for yourself or if you prefer, you can also talk to a trusted health professional who will make contact with one of our support orgnisations on your behalf.

What can you expect?

Usually, a NASC will begin creating a profile of your situation over the phone and set up a time to meet with you if appropriate. This process is a needs assessment - just in case someone uses that terminology with you.

The purpose of the needs assessment is to gain an understanding of the support you need to live your life, to learn more about your goals and what help truly looks like to you.

The NASC will identify with you which services or supports you are eligible for, and which of the supports and services are funded. They then make it possible to start using these services and supports.

North Island services

Here is list of services available in the North Island by region. Choose the service nearest to you.

Whangarei, Northland

NorthAble - Matapuna Hauora

Website: NorthAble - Matapuna Hauora external URL

Address: 40 John Street, Whangarei

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Auckland

Taikura Trust

Website: Taikura Trust external URL

Address: Building 1, Level 1, 570 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, Auckland

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Gisborne

Life Unlimited Charitable Trust

Website: Life Unlimited external URL

Address: 105 Disraeli Street, Gisborne

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Hamilton, Waikato

Te Whatu Ora - Disability Support Services

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Disability Support Services (DSS) 0 to 65 external URL

Address: CBD Waiora, Level 1 KPMG building, 87 Alexandra Street, Hamilton CBD

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Te Whatu Ora - Support Net

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Support Net Disability Services and Support external URL

Address: 190 Seventeenth Avenue, Tauranga South

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Whakatane

Te Whatu Ora - Support Net

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Support Net Disability Services and Support external URL

Address: Whakatane Hospital, Stewart Street and Garaway Street, Whakatane

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Rotorua

Te Whatu Ora - Support Net

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Support Net Disability Services and Support external URL

Address: 1166 Amohau Street, Rotorua

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New Plymouth, Taranaki

Access Ability Taranaki

(merged with Life Unlimited)

Website: Life Unlimited external URL

Address: 36 Devon Street West, Level 1, Kings Building, New Plymouth

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Hawke's Bay

Need Assessment Service Coordination Hawke's Bay

Website: Our Health Hawke's Bay - NASC Hawke's Bay (Disability Support) external URL

Address: Gate 9 McLeod Street, Hastings

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Whanganui

Access Ability Whanganui

(merged with Life Unlimited)

Website: Life Unlimited external URL

Address: 244 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui

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Masterton, Wairarapa

Te Whatu Ora - Focus

Website: Te Whatu Ora - FOCUS - providing access to support services external URL

Address: Level 2, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton

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Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, Wellington

Life Unlimited Charitable Trust

Website: Life Unlimited external URL

Address: 1 Market Grove, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt

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Porirua, Wellington

Te Whatu Ora - Capital Support

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Capital Support external URL

Address: Kenepuru Hospital, Raiha Street, Porirua, Wellington

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South Island services

Here is list of services available in the South Island by region. 

Nelson, Nelson-Marlborough

Te Whatu Ora - Needs Assessment Service

(formerly Support Works)

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Needs Assessment Service external URL

Address: 281 Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson

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Blenheim, Nelson-Marlborough

Te Whatu Ora - Needs Assessment Service

(formerly Support Works)

Website: Te Whatu Ora - Needs Assessment Service external URL

Address: Marlborough Community Health Hub, 22 Queen St, Blenheim

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Christchurch, Canterbury

LifeLinks

Website: LifeLinks external URL

Address: 42 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

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Dunedin, Otago

Access Ability Otago and Southland

(merged with Life Unlimited)

Website: Life Unlimited external URL

Address: Ground Floor, Burns House, 10 George Street, Dunedin

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