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NZDSN Newsletter September 2022

Inside this issue A message from our CEO.. NZDSN Policy Analyst NZDSN Auckland Regional Co-ordinator NZDSN National Employment Services Co-ordinator MSD Training Fund Member profile Upcoming events Before You Go Members’ Only Facebook and LinkedIn Groups A message from our CEO Peter Reynolds (CEO) This month Peter gives you an update on Pay Equity, the …

Graduate Diploma in Disability Sector Leadership

The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) has an agreement with the Open Polytechnic, to provide up to 16 free places for people working in organisations that are NZDSN members onto the online Graduate Diploma in Disability Sector Leadership.  This arrangement is available now until the places are taken.   NZDSN has representation on the …

Discovery and Customised Employment

I am pleased to announce that on Friday 30th September NZDSN has secured the services of Milton Tyree, a USA leader in the delivery of Discovery/Customised Employment training, to run a day’s workshop for employment practitioners in Auckland. It will be particularly suited to those working with jobseekers with learning/intellectual disability. Numbers are limited to …

Letter to Minister of Statistics

Letter sent to the Minister of Statistics concerning Statistics New Zealand’s proposal to remove the Disability Survey of Residential Facilities (DSRF) from the 2023 Disability Survey …

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About Us

New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) is an incorporated society of member organisations which provide support to disabled people.

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What We Do

  • We provide a strong voice to government on matters of policy, service design, and legislation.
  • We promote innovation, quality services, research, and deliver a Provider Development Programme.
  • We ensure good communication with members, and support for regional networks.
  • We contribute to government working parties and reference groups.
  • We contribute to government working parties and reference groups.


We host a range of events to facilitate the sharing of knowledge within the disability sector.

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Our Services

Provider Development Programme

A series of workshops and training events showcasing best/next practice and innovation. Two workstreams are tailored for leaders and direct service staff. The programme also includes communities of practice and leadership mentoring opportunities, and is informed by an analysis of NZDSN member needs.

NZDSN Conferences

NZDSN hosts conferences that attract a wide variety of international and national keynote speakers and workstream presenteres covering the latest developments and innovations within the sector.

Regional Networks

NZDSN supports a series of regional networking activities providing opportunities for information sharing, which ensures providers are well-connected across the regions.

Workforce Development

NZDSN contributes to, and leads initiatives to develop and improve qualification pathways with the disability workforce as well as advocating for fairer remunerations.

Research and Quality Development Projects

These include things like the development of practice guidelines, and policy research.

Become a Member of NZDSN

NZDSN members belong to a values-driven network of service providers and supporters committed to a social change movement that is focused on achieving inclusive lives and active citizenship for disabled people

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