Welcome to the Hamilton branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Hamilton, 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 Disability Support as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
CCS Disability Action Waikato Toy Library
The CCS Disability Action Waikato Toy Library has over 1,200 toys and activities available for children, youth and adults with a disability. These include specialised sensory and switch toys as well as small and large toys, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s, books and games.
You can find more information about accessing the CCS Disability Action Waikato Toy Library here.
Te Whare Poi Poi
Te Whare Poipoi is a short term residential respite option for children and young people from birth to 16 years.
It offers a welcoming home-away-from home for when families and caregivers need a break.
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 Mike Groot on Governance.Waikato@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 07 853 9761.
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 our current Acting Local Executive Committee Chair John Feyter on Governance.Waikato@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 07 853 9761.
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.Waikato@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 07 853 9761.
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 Hamilton branch be sure to select Waikato when you complete the online form.
Waikato Annual Report 2018/2019 (PDF 1.5 MB)
Mike Groot In 1988 Mike’s life changed dramatically after being kicked by a horse he was training. As a result of the accident he was faced with a change in lifestyle and career and began his study in social work at Unitec. He enjoyed the psychology papers so much he decided to continue his studies fulltime and completed a degree in psychology.
Following his studies, Mike worked at Phoenix House, a private hospital for people with head injuries working under clinical psychologist. He also completed a diploma in counselling to update and improve skills for working at Waikeria Prison - the first blind person to work within a prison. He created his template for working with youth and Māori which is still used in the service today.
Mike has held positions on various committees and boards for organisations and groups with a disability focus. He was the University consumer representative for students with disabilities, a role he held for 10 years before joining the board for Career Moves. He became involved at committee level with CCS Disability Action in 2011.
He has been chairperson of the Local Advisory Committee since November 2017. He is proud to be part of the committee and to see so many people give of their time.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with whānau and friends and especially with his mokopuna and extended whānau - a role model in their lives. He looks forward to the weekends and school holidays they spend together.
Mike is of Ngāti Pikiao me Te Arawa descent.
John has been a member of the Local Executive Committee of Waikato Branch since 2015 and the chairperson since the beginning of 2018.
John is an actuary who has a special interest in health and disability. He is the company actuary at Tower Insurance. He was previously the chief actuary at Southern Cross Medical Care Society and more recently was in a senior management position at Waikato District Health Board. He has extensive experience in financial and investment management and values the opportunity to be able to contribute to the goals of CCS Disability Action.
In his spare time John enjoys gardening and spending time with family.
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.
Vicki has a lived experience of disability and the everyday issues facing living inclusively in our communities. She has been actively involved with CCS Disability Action since 1991.
A strong believer in human rights, Vicki holds local volunteer governance and trustee roles in Local Advisory Committee, Local Executive Commitee, and many other community organisations, becoming the regionally elected national board member for the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regions in 2005.
Vicki works as a marketing associate with ReserveGroup Consulting and specialises in online marketing and web systems. Together with husband Colin, Vicki is a director of their architectural practice, Davista Architecture. On the home front, living in Tauranga, Vicki and Colin have 3 young adult sons, and the friends that come with that are always welcomed. Vicki and Colin both enjoy travelling, trout fishing, skiing, gardening, art, literature, good food, good wine and good company.