Māori disability support services

Find a range of support, advice and advocacy services below. If we are missing a useful service or resource, please contact us.

Te Ao Mārama Group

The Te Ao Mārama Group external URL (TAMA) is a group of community-based experts who provide advice on health and related areas that influence Tāngata Whaikaha Māori wellbeing. (Tāngata Whaikaha Māori are Māori with experience of disability.)

The TAMA Board has wide Tāngata Whaikaha Māori community representation. Working within Iwi Leadership, Crown Agencies and the disability sector, TAMA provide expert advice on cultural, clinical and all other matters of interest linked to what Tāngata Whaikaha Māori value most.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Tāngata Whaikaha Māori community, TAMA members contributed to the development and continue to monitor and advise on programme outcomes for Whāia Te Ao Mārama 2018 to 2022: The Māori Disability Action Plan.

You can access the full Whāia Te Ao Mārama 2018 to 2022: The Māori Disability Action Plan external URL  on the Ministry of Health website

Services, support and resources

  • Kāpō Māori Aotearoa: external URL Kāpō Māori Aotearoa supports disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori and their whānau to attain whānau ora and be strong self-advocates and leaders in their communities. A few of their services include providing members with help accessing vision support services, advice and information about disability services, and access to peer support networks.
  • Te Roopu Waiora: external URL Since 2001 Te Roopu Waiora has worked to ensure tāngata whaikaha Māori and their whānau have access to disability information and services. They provide a range of services including career training and an information and referral centre providing accessible disability information relevant to Māori.
  • Te Reo Hāpai: external URL An online Māori language glossary for use in the disability, mental health and addition sectors.
  • Kanohi ki te Kanohi external URL : With extensive networks and experience across the disability, not for profit, Māori and government sectors, Kanohi ki te Kanohi support Māori living in the community with disability. They offer a range of services including group facilitation for whānau, disability organisations and community groups.
  • Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu external URL : This South Island Whānau Ora agency works directly with whānau to support them to develop their own pathway plans. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is centred on the philosophy that whānau must be placed at the centre of service design and delivery, supporting them to realise their own solutions.
  • Whānau Whānake external URL : This South Island Whānau Ora agency guides whānau on their chosen pathway using a whānau-centred strengths based approach to support them achieve their dreams and aspirations. They offer a range of services, including 'Collective Impact' which brings together a range of Whānau Ora partners, and other groups, to support successful change for whānau.
  • Hei Whakapiki Mauri external URL : Providing practical, whānau based support for the disabled community, Hei Whakapiki Mauri respond to the needs of whānau. A Whānau Ora Consultancy, they can help with anything from the little things that give people their mana, to planning for the future.
  • Te Piringa: Whānau-Centred Primary Health Care external URL : Te Piringa is the name of an independent research project that provides key recommendations and findings about using a whānau centred approach to primary health care services, including disability health services.
  • Kōhā Kai external URL : This Invercargill-based organisation uses their community garden as a way to empower others. Their services include supporting those with disabilities to live a fulfilled life by teaching and training them how to grow food and cook.
  • Kaitiaki Tua Whakarere: A consultancy service, Kaitiaki Tua Whakarere provides Whānau ora Navigation for Mental Health Addiction and Disability. Kaitiaki Tua Whakarere uses Kawakawa Mea Katoa Rongoā to support Māori living with disability. They have a website coming soon, in the meantime you can email or find more information on their Facebook page.