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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) 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 Karen Tait on 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 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, Karen Tait Chairperson Tairawhiti Hawkes Bay LAC Committee at 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 foster 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.

Welcome to the Gisborne Hotspot

Looking for desk space or a meeting room to rent in a convenient location in Gisborne? The check out our one to eight hot desks and meeting rooms with off‑street parking in a convenient central location offering full amenities.

Lease for a day, or a year. Spacious & affordable, click this link to book your space.

Welcome to Mobility Centre

Committed to support you to live an independent and active lifestyle by offering the highest quality products. They offer an extensive range of products from small daily living aids through to mobility scooters and wheelchairs. They offer very competitive prices and the option to buy online, over the phone, and in store.

Everything they stock, sell and hire is carefully selected by qualified staff, so you can be assured you're getting the safest and most reliable equipment at the best possible value.


Tairawhiti-Hawkes Bay Annual Report (PDF 5.7 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    7 Kahutia Street
    Gisborne 4010

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 15
    Gisborne 4040


Alan Davies

I live in Napier and am the family law partner in a local legal practice. I first became involved in what was our local branch committee in the late 1980’s, very early 1990’s because I wanted to do some voluntary work in the community. I have remained involved ever since, in recent years as the chairperson of the Tairawhiti Hawke’s Bay LEC.

Karen Tait

Karen Tait

Kia ora koutou. I live in Gisborne with my husband Lee. My family are from Tairawhiti and after many years in Auckland, I have returned home to live. Lee and I have two children, three grandchildren and three greats!

I have a lived experience with disability since age five years, as has my son, since he was three. I once practised as a Social Worker for CCS Disability Action in the Royal Oak Branch. This was rewarding work and I loved every minute of it. I now look forward to being of service in a governance role to the members of Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay.


Colene Herbert General Manager Midland Region

Colene Herbert General Manager Midland Region

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.

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