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NZDSN Newsletter 15 November 2021

Inside this issue A message from our CEO What’s happening in our sector National Employment Services Coordinator update from Gordon Boxall The NZDSN Board Regional news NewMember introductions New member profile Upcoming events. Members’ Only Facebook Group and LinkedIn A Message from our CEO This is the first month of a newer format for our …

Graduate Diploma in Disability Sector Leadership

The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) has an agreement for the Open Polytechnic to provide 50 free places for people working in organisations that are NZDSN members onto the online Graduate Diploma in Disability Sector Leadership.  This arrangement is available beginning in 2022.   NZDSN has representation on the Open Polytechnic’s Social Health and …

New Ministry for Disabled People

New Ministry for Disabled People gives hope for better, fairer services The Government’s announcement that it will move disability funding from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development into a new Ministry for Disabled People raises hopes that disabled people will finally have a government agency that treats them as a priority, rather than …

Future of DSS

The long-awaited answer to the question of where disability support services will sit, is about to be answered.  Within Ministry of Health, or Ministry of Social Development, or somewhere else? The Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni and the Minister of Health, Andrew Little are announcing significant changes to the disability system at 2pm on …

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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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