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New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016 - 2026

The NZ Disability Strategy 2016-2026 (Strategy) was launched by the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Nicky Wagner, on 29 November 2016. 

The vision for the Strategy is: New Zealand is a non-disabling society – a place where disabled people have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations, and all of New Zealand works together to make this happen. The strategy has 8 outcomes that contribute to this vision.

  • Education
  • Employment and economic security
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Rights protection and justice
  • Accessibility
  • Attitudes
  • Choice and control
  • Leadership

Read or download the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016 - 2026

Disability Action Plan 2014-2018: Update 2015

The Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 (Plan) includes priority actions set by the Ministerial Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Zealand Disability Strategy.  The Plan focuses on action to achieve 4 results:

  • Increased employment and economic opportunity
  • Transform the disability support system
  • Ensure personal safety
  • Promote access to the community

Read or download the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018: Update 2015

Transforming Respite: Disability Support Services Respite Strategy 2017-2022

Launched in 2017, the Ministry of Health’s respite strategy seeks to make it easier for carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities.

Read or download Transforming Respite: Disability Support Services Respite Strategy 2017-2022

New Zealand’s Disability Sector Organisations and Service Providers

There are a range of organisations operating in New Zealand’s Disability Sector.  They include:

  • Disabled People’s Organisations e.g. Disabled Person’s Assembly NZ; Association of Blind Citizens of NZ; Deaf Aotearoa NZ
  • Government Agencies e.g. Office for Disability Issues; Accident Compensation Commission; Health & Disability Commission
  • Non-Government Agencies

Learn more about organisations operating within NZ’s Disability Sector

Disability Information and Advice Services (DIAS)

Disability Information and Advice services provide independent information and advice to disabled people, their families, whānau, aiga, caregivers and providers and the general public. Contact details for DIAS in your local area can be found on the Ministry of Health website:

Within the geographical area that LifeLinks works, the NZ Federation of Disability Information Centres has three disability information and advice centres:

  • Aspire Canterbury
  • Vaka Tautua, Christchurch (A national Pacific disability information, advisory and support service delivered in different Pacific languages. Call 0800 825 282)
  • West Coast Disability Resource Centre

The contact details for these services is located at the following link: