Useful links relating to disability services in New Zealand.
WEKA is New Zealand's disability information website, for people with disabilities, their families, whanāu and caregivers, health professionals and disability information providers. It provides information on living with a disability, support services, resources for Māori, information about disabilities and diseases, news and library resources.
The Office for Disability Issues
The Office for Disability Issues is responsible for ensuring government keeps faith with the New Zealand Disability Strategy, by promoting the participation and inclusion of disabled people in our society.
Minister for Disability Issues (web site of the New Zealand government)
The role of the Minister for Disability Issues - Tariana Turia - is to advocate disability issues and to establish and report on the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
Health and Disability Commissioner
The Health and Disability Commissioner promotes the rights and responsibilities of consumers and providers and resolves complaints by fair processes and credible decisions to achieve just outcomes.
Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission champions fundamental human rights as a framework for a fair and just society for all the people of New Zealand. The Commission can also resolve disputes relating to unlawful discrimination.
National support groups and organisations for disabled people are listed on the below websites:
Communitynet (CommunityNet Aotearoa)
Work and Income New Zealand - (Ministry of Social Development)
Accident Compensation Corporation
ACC funds support services for people who have an injury and/or who have had an accident.
Child Youth and Family
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Transport
New Zealand Relay
A government mandated telecommunications service for people who are Deaf, hearing-impaired, deaf-blind, or speech-impaired.