Welcome to the Gisborne branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Gisborne, 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 L.I.F.E. Unlimited Charitable Trust as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

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 Allan Hall on Governance.TairawhitiHawkesBay@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 867 1249.

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 Co-Chairs Greg Roseman and Alan Davies on Governance.TairawhitiHawkesBay@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 867 1249.

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.TairawhitiHawkesBay@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 867 1249.

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 Gisborne branch be sure to select Tairawhiti Hawkes Bay when you complete the online form and specify Gisborne in the comments section.


Tairawhiti Hawkes Bay Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 4.3 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    7 Kahutia Street
    Gisborne 4010

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 15
    Gisborne 4040

Allan Hall

Allan Hall

Governance member Allan Hall’s long experience in governance dates back to the 1980’s when he was asked to be the inaugural chair of Gisborne’s Disabled Persons Assembly by long time CCS Disability Action Regional Manager and now consultant, Nigel Mead.

The relationship with Nigel continued and led to Allan’s election to the Local Advisory Committee (LAC).

Allan’s involvement in governance stems from a desire to drive positive and necessary change.

Allan is an advocate for change in the built physical environment that challenges people with disabilities. He wants to see progress in the design of buildings, footpaths and amenities that currently create barriers for the disabled. He also sees a change in attitude as an ongoing area of concern.

He sees the biggest challenges for people with disabilities are to be accepted as an equal, to have the opportunity work on individual abilities, and for people to recognise that everyone has abilities.

Allan is also on the National Board of Community Law Offices and is a mentor at Tairawhiti Community Law Centre. Allan enjoys local politics, the challenge of committees and reading.


Greg Roseman

Profile coming soon.


Alan Davies

Profile coming soon.

Colene Herbert

Colene Herbert

I hail from a little slice of paradise on the East Coast of the North Island…Ruatorea

I grew up truly walking in the fusion of Maori and Pakeha world views, fortunate to have Maori and English heritage. As the last of seven children, I  learnt the value of  sharing and contribution for the greater good.

I also grew in the richness of having a sibling with an intellectual disability. To say his presence in my life influenced my career pathway is an understatement.

I have spent 35 years working  in the disability sector in a variety of roles and for a number of providers. My career started with the Psychopaedic nursing programme at Mangere Hospital and Training School in South Auckland as a 17 year old and has culminated in my inclusion in  the CCS Disability Action whanau in 2017. All of my experiences in other roles has prepared me well for the rigours of general management.

I have three gorgeous sons who are my heart. I love entertaining and feeding people – ask me about my famous burnt sugar steamed pudding – its legendary.

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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