NorthAble Disability Services

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Organisation Structure

Mission Statement - Whainga Purongo

Improving access to disability support services in Northland Te Tai Tokerau


We were initially based in a small office, run by a Manager with a few support staff, and volunteer support in Vine Street, Whangarei.

We joined the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres in 1989.

The Northland Disabilities Resource Centre (NDRC) Trust was formed in 1990.

By the middle of the 1990s NDRC had been successful in obtaining a generic DIAS contract for the Northland region, as well as being the organisation to first pilot the Needs Assessment Project in 1994/95 (in consultation with Sandie Waddell, DSS Northland Locality Manager, RHA and local Kaumatua Cobb Matene).

The growth of NDRC is closely connected to the health reforms of 1994 when the purchaser/provider split occurred, and the subsequent transfer of Department of Social Services funding from Social Welfare to the Northern Regional Health Authority.

The obvious success of the Pilot Project and the resultant growth of the organisation precipitated the move to the current offices, 40 John Street, in 1996.

In 2005 we changed our name to NorthAble.

Current Services

Today, we hold contracts for the following range of services:

We also provide the following services:

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