Welcome to the Auckland branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Auckland, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability.
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 Taikura Trust as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden
The Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden was established in 1982. Today, this thriving community hub showcases organic and permaculture gardening practices to local schools, community groups and keen gardeners in a welcoming and accessible environment. You can find out more about how you can Dig It! with us over on our blog.
Jubilee Trust and Cook Opie Trust
The Jubilee Trust and Cook Opie Trust provide financial support for people with physical disabilities living in Northland, Auckland and the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Find out more about the trusts' funding criteria and how you can apply here.
Accessible meeting room hire
Our Auckland branch has three high quality and accessible meeting rooms available for hire. Learn more about our facilities and great rates here.
Local Advisory Committee
Our branch is guided by a Local Advisory Committee that is made up of members who provide governance and leadership over our local branch operations.
You can contact Local Advisory Chair Allyson Hamblett or Co Chair Raj Swamy or LAC Regional Representative, Vicki Terrell on Governance.Auckland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 09 625 9378.
Local Executive Committee
Our Local Executive Committee is made up of members who provide financial management and oversight at a branch level. You can contact Local Executive Committee Chair David Rees on Governance.Auckland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 09 437 1899.
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.Auckland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 09 950 5687
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 Auckland branch be sure to nominate us when you complete the online form.
14 Erson Avenue site map (PDF 828 KB)
CCS Disability Action Auckland Annual Report 2020 (PDF 2.1 MB)
I was born with cerebral palsy and enjoy being able to give back to an organisation that supported me growing up.
I work at Māpura Studio, a creative space and art therapy centre located in central Auckland which offers art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages living with disability and diversity, as well as the wider community.
My job as a Media Assistant at Māpura Studio involves cataloguing artworks and writing articles that profile artists for the website. I also attend art classes there.
I am also on the Board of Outline NZ, an organisation that supports the LBGTTI+ communities.
I have been on the Local Advisory Committee since 2010 and became Chair in 2011 enjoy supporting disabled people to have the same opportunities to do what all people do.
David was invited to join the organisation as a member of the Board of the Crippled Children's Society Auckland Inc. in 1993 and was involved in the design of the Millennium Charter and transition to CCS Disability Action.
He has also been appointed by the National Board to the Local Executive Committee of the Manawatu Horowhenua Branch for a period of time. David was made a Life Member of CCS Disability Action in 2014. He has a lived experience with disability.
He worked in the public health sector in senior management roles for over thirty years and now works at the University of Auckland. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of NZ College of Health Service Management and the NZ Institute of Health Management. He enjoys singing in choirs and is active in a number of community organisations.
He is married and has two daughters.
Though born in England, I am actually a Fiji-Indian in terms ethnicity and have also lived in the Philippines before moving to NZ, which has been home for close to thirty years. I was born with cerebral palsy and also acquired epilepsy in my early teens.
It was early in my career that I discovered CCS Disability Action and joined the Auckland team as an Employment Consultant in the mid-2000s. I really enjoyed working at Royal Oak and it was only because I met my wonderful wife at CCS Disability Action that we decided it was best for one of us to work elsewhere. Thus, having tertiary education in Commerce (BCom in economics and Master of International Business) I was able to enter the private sector as an Analyst, specialised in supply chain management.
I have kept connected to the Health and Disability sector since my early adulthood. In fact, in the early 2010s we adopted a boy with quadriplegic cerebral palsy attained through Crigler–Najjar syndrome. He also had other complexities such as partially deaf, speech impaired, and was tube-fed. Half his life was in Starship Hospital as he underwent liver transplant and cancer. Though he survived these, he unfortunately had unexpected death in 2017. Nonetheless, my wife and I have started fostering again in recent times.
I aim to continue being connected to the Health and Disability sector and utilise my skills, experience, and empathy to counter the challenges people with disabilities face in different areas. Being a part of the Local Advisory Committee (LAC) helps me do so. CCS Disability Action plays a great part in terms of community support, enabling mainstream life, and advocacy, which is also why I have been keen to join the LAC team.
Tina Syme General Manager Northern Region
It has been my privilege to have worked in the health and disability sector over the past 30 years and still counting! With my background as a registered nurse, my early years were working in tertiary health settings and DHB but following the arrival of my children I made the transition to the community and Not-for-Profit sector and have never looked back.
What I love about working in the community is coming alongside people and families as a connector and advocate as by belonging to a community, people can access the supports and resources they need to live their lives to the fullest.
Working for CCS Disability Action aligns to those values as we seek to provide information support and advocacy so that every disabled person is included in the life of their family and community and I count it as a privilege to lead out on our vision across the Northern region.