The principles of Enabling good lives were established in 2011. For 11 years, they have been the guiding principle in how disability services should be set up, structured, and delivered on behalf of the clients that we serve.
NorthAble has worked hard to embed these into our day-to-day operations and roles. They are part of what we do and how we do it.
Disabled people are in control of their lives.
Invest early in families and whānau to support them; to be aspirational for their disabled child; to build community and natural supports; and to support disabled children to become independent, rather than waiting for a crisis before support is available.
Disabled people have the support tailored to their individual needs and goals, and that takes a whole life approach rather than being split across programmes.
Disabled people are supported to live everyday life in everyday places. They are regarded as citizens with opportunities for learning, employment, having a home and family, and social participation - like others at similar stages of life.
Disabled people are supported to access mainstream services before specialist disability services.
The abilities and contributions of disabled people and their families are recognised and respected.
Disabled people have supports that are simple to use and flexible.
Supports building and strengthening relationships between disabled people, their whānau and the community.
In 1990, the Northland Disabilities Resource Centre Trust was formed by a small group of people with lived experience of disability who had identified the lack of readily available information about disability services in Northland. Initially the organisation operated as a DIAS (Disability information and Advisory Service), but other services were added as the need was identified. In 1996 they had outgrown the original office and moved to 40 John St.
In 2005 the name of the organisation officially changed to NorthAble Matapuna Hauora. Under this banner, which focuses not only on disability, but the whole concept of wellbeing, the organisation continues to grow, with new services added to meet the ever-changing needs of our population throughout Te Tai Tokerau and the whole of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our logo has been refined over the years to evoke values and direction of our organisation. In 2021 we adopted the Koru shape which represents peace, tranquility, change and personal growth. But it was also inspired by Northland and the harmony between the land and the sea. The 3 words, evoking, empowering and compassion were all considered when designing the logo concepts which come across in this design.
This Taonga was designed and woven by Polly Rau. She was moved by the input of Disability Resource Centre participants into the Huarahi Maori programme during their weaving session and wanted to acknowledge their creations. The Taonga speaks of a person’s journey through life, beginning at the time of conception. This taonga is hung in a meeting room to awhi the Tukutuku and the tangata Hauaa.
Nga Kete were made for Northland Disabilities Resource Centre by then manager, Joanne Samuel. These kete are a contemporary interpretation of the three baskets of knowledge. All three are made from harakeke, or flax. The topmost kete speaks of the earth, the mountains, of growing things and our physical lives. The second kete This basket speaks of the ocean, te moana, the cleansing power of water and our emotional lives. The lowest kete talks of the air, our breath and our spirit, and the movement of experience and learning that is necessary in our lives.
Tena ra……. E te iwi e
Ko matou tenei
Te Maataapuna Hauora
E tu atu nei
ki te mihi kia koutou
Ki te Atua
Nga whakawhetai maha
Mo nga manaakitanga
Ki runga I a tatou
Titiro mai e te iwi
Ki tenei roopu manaaki
Aroha mai… ki a matou
Nga kaiawhina kaiwhakahaere
o te kaupapa
Te hunga hauaa o te taitokerau
E rapu nei he oranga mo ratou
Kia piki ano
te hinengaro me te wairua
Ki te taumata hirahira
O nga whakaaro
Kia ora. I took up the NorthAble CEO role in 2004. I lead a dynamic group of staff who have, at the core of their working ethos, the best interests of the families, whanau and individuals we are here to support. I look forward to continuing to improve access to disability supports, especially for people that not only need our services currently but also those that may need our services in the future.
We are looking for a mentor who can bring the concept of our new service to life. NorthAble initially received funding for two years to deliver a new, innovative internship program for people with disabilities to create sustainable employment opportunities. You will work with a new team in which you will be able to shape businesses, providers, the interns, and their whanau to create opportunities that we hope will change lives. Not only will the interns get to experience work, but they will learn key skills, build mana and hopefully create opportunities for people to move into and stay in employment.
The supportive environment we offer would be suitable for people with a lived experience of disability, and we would encourage you to apply for this role.
As part of the NorthAble team, you will have an opportunity to be part of an organisation that puts people at the heart of what we do, be that our teams or our clients, we are all about whanau.
This role is full-time, Monday to Friday, initially based within Whangarei.
We are looking for a charismatic individual who can get along with everyone. Relationships are vital to the work we do. Do you have what it takes?
Success in this role is about bringing yourself to work and being who you are.
Please request a job application form and Job Description from Nikita Du Plessis. Send the completed job application form, CV/Resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
If you would like more information on this position, please call Shaylah or Adam on 09 430 0988.