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Welcome to the Whangarei branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Whangarei, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability. Our services are community based and we have staff providing a variety of services for disabled people and their family and whānau and the wider community.

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 NorthAble – Matapuna Hauora as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

Please note, our branch is able to administer Mobility Parking Permits and Total Mobility assessments from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4.30pm (we are unavailable between 1pm - 2pm). On Fridays please leave any completed and signed Mobility Parking Permit Application with the correct payment in the slot where the sign is and it will be processed on Monday mornings.

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.

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 Elinor Niha on or phone 09 437 1899.

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 Neil Ruddell on 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 or phone (09) 950 5687.

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 Whangarei branch be sure to select Northland when you complete the online form and specify the Whangarei branch in the comments section.


Northland Annual Report 2021 (PDF 5.4 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    291 Kamo Road
    Whau Valley
    Whangarei 0112

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 8035
    Whangarei 0145

Elinor Niha

Elinor Niha

Profile coming soon.


Neil Ruddell

I was appointed to the CCS Disability Action Northland Branch Local Executive committee in 2000. I have been chair of the LEC committee since 2002.

I grew up on a Northland dairy farm. After working as an employee of the Bank of New Zealand for a few years and other local businesses, I joined Russell Turner Chartered Accountants in 1987, becoming a partner in 1990.

I am married to Diane, and we have three children and two grandchildren.

Bettina Syme General Manager Northern Region

Bettina 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.

Vicki Terrell

Vicki Terrell

Rev Vicki Terrell lives with Cerebral Palsy.

She grew up in Auckland. Mount Street and Symonds St loomed large in Vicki’s formative years. Speech Therapy and other activities at Dadley Foundation, going to church at St Paul’s in Symonds Street and studying at Auckland University gave her a good grounding for life.

Vicki’s long association with CCS Disability Action started in the 1960s as a client receiving speech therapy and field officers’ services. The 1980’s saw her become politically active in the disability movement. Vicki moved to Wellington in the 1990s and was involved in work for CCS Disability Action. She was invited to join the Local Advisory Committee in Wellington in 1999. In 2003, Vicki was asked to apply for a Field Work position in Wellington. In late 2004 she was offered a position in policy in the National Office. One of her tasks was to facilitate the National Disabled Staff group. While training for the Anglican ministry Vicki took a break from active involvement but resumed it in 2012.

Describing disability and Christian faith as the two major strands in her life, Vicki is a Disability Community Chaplain and the Northern Elected Regional Representative to the national board. She is passionate about making the community a place where all people can flourish and reach their full potential in a world where attitudes and beliefs, as well as the built environment, are hospitable and accessible to all.

Vicki is the middle of three girls and enjoys connecting with family and friends.

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