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Government Agencies & Resources

Ministry of Health:

Disability Support Services (DSS) within the Ministry of Health is responsible for funding support and services for people with disabilities.


It also leads the development and implementation of strategic plans that aim to ensure people with disabilities and their families are supported to live the lives they choose.


It also provides trained meeting assistants.

Accident Compensation Corporation:

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides funding and support for individuals who have an impairment as a result of an accident.


There is a range of resources available on the ACC website on specific injuries, disabilities, rights and advocacy as well as information for parents, carers etc

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Department of Internal Affairs:

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website hosts the Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord.


The DIA’s Community Matters website provides advice for involving the community in decision-making, targeted at government officials but generally applicable.


The DIA is also responsible for the New Zealand Government Web Toolkit.

Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) aims to ‘ensure that the rights of consumers are upheld. This includes making sure complaints about health or disability services providers are taken care of fairly and efficiently’. The HDC also provides the support of free independent advocates to assist with concerns or complaints about a health or disability service.

Human Rights Commission:

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) promotes and protects the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand.


It provides information about discrimination and offers a free and confidential service for people with human rights enquiries or complaints of unlawful discrimination.


 Health or disability service.

Ministry of Education:

Special education supports children and students to access the curriculum by providing extra help, adapted programmes or learning environments, and specialised equipment or materials.

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Ministry Of Social Development:

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) runs a range of services to support people with disabilities through Community Investment, Community Link and Work and Income.


Think Differently is a social change campaign to encourage and support a fundamental shift in attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people. It’s about maximising opportunities and focusing on what people can do rather than what they can’t. The campaign is led in partnership with the Office for Disability Issues. Think Differently produces a Social Change Toolkit with a range of useful resources, templates and tips.

Office For Disability Issues:

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is a strategic and whole-of-government focused policy group, located within the MSD.


It promotes and monitors the implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also works in partnership with the MSD to lead the Think Differently campaign (see the MSD resource list above).


The ODI’s website publishes helpful access guides and toolkits to inclusive practice.

Oranga Tamariki Ministry For Children:

This new Ministry came into existence on 1 April 2017. It brings a whole of sector child-centred approach to working with vulnerable children and young people. It establishes the new Ministry as a single point of accountability which will ensure that government agencies work together to provide coherent and complete services to these children, young people and their families.

Office Of The Ombudsman:

The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent resource to help the community deal with government agencies, with a focus on fairness and impartiality. It undertakes investigations where necessary.

Office Of Ethnic Communities Previously The Office Of Ethnic Affairs:

The Office of Ethnic Communities provides advice and information to support people working with ethnic communities.

New Zealand Police:

The Police are responsible for protecting public safety and maintaining law and order.

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