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 John Forbes 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 Jahron Neha 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 foster 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 2021 (PDF 5.2 MB)
My involvement with CCS Disability Action Waikato branch, began when my life was severely interrupted at the age of four-years-old. This was during the last major Polio epidemic outbreak in New Zealand in 1955, when my younger sister and I both contracted the Polio virus, affecting my lower limbs and my sister’s upper limbs.
We both became members of the Waikato branch as child survivors of Polio. I started my work life as Owner/ Manager of a large sheep and cattle station in the King Country region with my younger brother at a noticeably early age. Having been thrusted into this role grounded me for things that followed. I have been a national board member for Polio New Zealand and was the chairperson for the Waikato branch of Polio New Zealand for several years. I have been a director, chairperson and a member for several boards and have been involved in several organizations, such as the Lions Foundation, school committees, sports clubs, and many others.
Although I have stepped back from most of these roles, I am now enjoying being the chairperson of the Waikato CCS Disability Action LAC committee.
Kia ora koutou.
I am a Chartered Accountant who first joined the CCS Disability Action Waikato branch LEC in 2019. This was at a time where I was ready to use my finance background to give back to the community. Being a part of the Waikato branch has helped me come to realise how strong and resilient the disability community is.
I currently live in Hamilton with my partner Erin, and two children Elise and Darcy.
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.