Questions and answers: Changes to Purchasing Rules and EMS

The Questions and answers page you are looking at has been archived. You can now find information in the clarifications released by Whaikaha on 24 April 2024 to support disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau to apply the Purchasing Rules for flexible funding supports.

We recognise that everyone, and everyone’s situation is different. Questions on how things relate to you or your whānau are best answered by your primary disability support provider (IF Host, NASC, or EGL site /connector). If you are a provider, please contact your Portfolio Manager.

These clarifications have been informed by the feedback from our community and providers, and we thank you for your patience as we have worked through the changes to Purchasing Rules that were announced on 18 March.

More information can be found on:

We acknowledge the anxiety and stress the Purchase Rule changes have caused to many people in the disability community.  

Whaikaha is committed to working with disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau to develop longer term settings that are aligned to the Enabling Good Lives vision and principles, UNCRPD and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.