The History of NorthAble Matapuna Hauora

Date Event
1980's Organisation based in a small office in Vine St Whangarei, with a manager, a few support staff, and volunteers.
1989 Joined the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres.
1990 The Northland Disabilities Resource Centre (NDRC) Trust was formed.
1994 Health reforms of 1994, and the subsequent transfer of Department of Social Services funding from Social Welfare to the Northern Regional Health Authority are boost growth of NRDC.
1996 The organisation moved to the current offices, in John Street, Whangarei.
2005 Organisation changed name to NorthAble.

We implemented the Northland Early Support Pilot Project in response to NorthAble NASC identifying a trend of young disabled people moving to residential services out of the Northland region.

A lack of resilience and resources within the family and fragmented disability support were thought to be significant contributing factors.

2010 NorthAble opened the Equipment Plus (EQ+) shop on the Corner of John and Dent Sts, Whangarei.
2012 A mobile information and equipment service opens, travelling Te Tai Tokerau.

NorthAble  developed the Navigation™ model which has proven to be highly effective and is deemed to be transferable across regions and sectors.

After consultation with the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Northable Navigation Services was piloted with Taikura Trust in Auckland.

2018 With the main office and shop in Whangarei, an equipment outlet agency in Kaitaia, a mobile van and on-the-road staff, NorthAble provides equipment, information and disability support services throughout  Te Tai Tokerau.

2020 has been a year that will be remembered by Covid 19.  Regardless of this NorthAble continued to work through the shutdown period to deliver its essential services to 1600 NASC clients, 54 Community Participation LYNKZ clients and continue to supply mobility equipment and assistive technology through the online Equipment Plus store. 2020 is also being celebrated as the 30th anniversary for NorthAble since it first opened its doors and 2020 is the year that the Transition service was contracted bringing the total number of NorthAble services to six.  


NorthAble’s vision is as the innovative and leading provider of equipment, information and disability support services in Northland.