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Māori Disability Advocates

Follow the links to learn more about the services that support tāngata whaikaha Māori.

  • Kāpō Māori Aotearoa:  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:  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: An online Māori language glossary for use in the disability, mental health and addition sectors.

  • Kanohi ki te Kanohi : 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

  • Follow Kaitiaki Tua Whakarere Whānau ora Consultancy on Facebook: 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. Email:

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