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Health and Safety Governance Training Opportunity

NZDSN secured a contract to provide free health and safety training for a limited number of disability support service providers. Why Health and Safety?  There are obligations on Board members and CEOs under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAW Act).  These obligations sit on top of the obligations to provide a quality support …

Care Workers Deserve A Proper Wage Boost, And Government Needs To Fund It

Comment by Peter Reynolds, CEO New Zealand Disability Support Network “The government’s below-inflation minimum wage increase will make life harder for disability care and support workers, for disability support providers to recruit staff and ultimately the disabled Kiwis they care for,” said New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds. Disability support providers deliver much-needed support to hundreds of …

No Christmas present for disability workers in Mini Budget

The disability sector had hoped to see a commitment from the Government to fund pay equity for care and support workers in today’s Mini Budget, but has been left empty-handed, says New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds. “The 65,000 Kiwi care and support workers deserve fair pay for the help they give to …

New data shows disability providers under extreme pressure to deliver contracted support

New Zealand Disability Service Network media release 20 December 2023 New data shows disability service providers are struggling to meet demands for their services, and over a third are operating at a loss, meaning there are no guarantees for disabled New Zealanders seeking support. A December New Zealand Disability Service Network member survey showed: Alarmingly, …

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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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