About NorthAble

Since 1990 NorthAble's vision has been to be the innovative and leading provider of equipment, information and disability support services in Northland.

History

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

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 comes across in this design.

Taonga Harakeke

This Taonga was designed and woven by Polly Rau, who 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 to hang in the room to awhi the Tukutuku and the tangata Hauaa.

Nga Kete

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 top most 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.

Te Maataapuna Hauora

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

Awhinatia tautokotia
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

Korihi ano

Meet the team

Noel Mathews

CEO

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.

Bronwyn Collett

Facilitation Services Manager

Adam Dade

Client Service Manager

Vanessa Jennings

Operation Manager, Equipment Plus Manager

Join the team

See our latest job vacancies

Vacancies

Equipment & Information Consultant

Part Time

As an EQ+ Consultant you will provide excellent customer service through sales and the provision of product and service advice to the community. We seek a self-motivated, confident person with experience in retail, customer service and administration for this part-time position. The successful applicant will demonstrate a high level of professionalism and the ability to relate well to a wide range of people. Product training will be provided. The position is based in Whangarei with occasional travel to attend exhibitions, presentations and for the delivery of equipment. Usual hours will be 9.30am - 14.30pm Monday – Friday. Flexibility will be required for occasional after hours or weekend work to attend Expos (arranged in advance) and to cover periods of staff leave. To be considered for this role you should have: Cash handling skills and Point of Sale (POS) experience Experience in Customer Service & Retail Sales Proficiency in computer systems including Microsoft applications Excellent communication skills , both verbal and written Honesty and Integrity Reliability The ability to work individually and as part of a team Good personal presentation A clean and full drivers’ licence, with the ability to drive a manual Transit Van Ability to lift, pack and move stock and use lifting devices The right to live and work in New Zealand A clean Police Vetting check will be required for this position.

LYNKZ Outreach Facilitator

18 month fixed term

LYNKZ outreach facilitators – 1.0 FTE (full time fixed term 18 month contract). Please note to apply for this role you must submit via Seek by clicking the button below

Companies that support us

NorthAble relies on the generosity of local businesses and individuals to continue the good work we do.

Below is a list of our supporters.

Lottery Grants Board

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Lottery Grants Board

Rothbury Insurance Brokers

A big thanks to Rothbury Insurance Brokers for providing the funding for this website

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Rothbury Insurance Brokers
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