Welcome to the Whanganui branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Whanganui, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability.


We offer a range of services for disabled people and their family and whānau. All our support services (with the exception of Mobility Parking and Total Mobility) are free.

There are a number of ways you can access them. While some of our services may need a referral and not all the services offered by CCS Disability Action are available from our branch, please get in touch with us directly to discuss your needs and what we can offer you.

You could also contact your GP or AccessAbility as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

Local Committee

Our branch is guided by a Local Committee that is made up of members who provide governance, leadership and financial management and oversight over our local branch operations.

You can contact Local Committee Chair Judy Karaitiana on Governance.Whanganui@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 347 1176.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a difference as part of our Governance, we would love to hear from you. Email Governance.Whanganui@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 347 1176.

Support us

There are a number of ways you can support our work in communities. If you wish to make a donation or bequest, volunteer your services to our branch, find out about membership, or enquire about becoming a caregiver for us, please visit Support Us or contact our branch directly.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Whanganui branch be sure to select Manawatu Horowhenua when you complete the online form and specify Whanganui in the comments section.



Whanganui Annual Report (PDF 1.9 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    28 Churton Street
    Whanganui 4540

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 102
    Whanganui Mail Centre
    Whanganui 4541

Our People

General Manager

Judy Karaitiana

Profile coming soon.

Janine Richards

Janine Richards

Kai arua Te Maunga
Waikaramihi Te Awa
Ngati Wai Te Hapu
Nga Puhi Te Iwi
Ko Janine Richards Toku Ingoa
Kia ora Koutou

I am the newly appointed General Manager for the Central Region from Wellington to Whanganui, Taranaki, Manawatu and Wairarapa.

I have been with CCS Disability Action since 2008, holding senior roles in a number of settings. I have worked in the Health and Disability Sector for 19 Years; my background has been in the area of Business Management and Human Services. What brought me to this organisation was that there was more autonomy to advocate and really make a difference in the lives of others – CCS Disability Action has allowed this to happen.

In my new role, it is the intention that a more strategic view of our service delivery, community development, networks and collaborations will be taken, while ensuring strong leadership at a local level, to provide services in a way that enhances self-direction for disabled people, their families/whanau and our wider communities.

Whanau is important to me: I have three wonderful children, two beautiful mokopuna, and a loving partner who make it possible for me to do the things I do.

“Whaia te iti Kahurangi ki te tuoho koe he maunga teitei”

Pru McLaren

Pru McLaren

Pru lives in rural Wairarapa with her husband Neil. Both Neil and Pru became governance members on the Local committees of CCS Disability Action Wairarapa after their second daughter was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Pru has been a member the Wairarapa Local Advisory Commitee for a number of years and is now a regionally elected member on the CCS Disability Action Board representing members of the organisation who live in the Hononga Rawhiti Region (East Coast of the North Island). This is her second appointment to the Board.

Pru has served on a number of local committees in the Wairarapa which provide support for disabled people including Riding for the Disabled and the STARS Trust. She also organises the local Boccia group.

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