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.

How we became Northlands largest disability and wellbeing support organisation.

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 NorthAble 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 come 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


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

Chief Operating Officer

Vanessa Jennings

Operation Manager, Equipment Plus Manager

Join the team

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Retail & Sales Supervisor

Full Time

The EQ+ Retail & Sales Supervisor is responsible for managing a small team of employees and overseeing the day-to-day operations and growth of the of EQ+ Retail outlet, E-commerce, and Mobile Van Services with a key focus to Equip, Enable & Empower consumers and remain the leading provider of Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology in Northland. Core objectives include: To be a positive role model and develop and lead a formidable team in health & disability customer service and equipment sales environment Understand and support the preparation of annual budgets for EQ+ in conjunction with the Management, monitoring spending and sales revenue monthly to ensure that budget requirements are met and/or exceeded Establish and maintain professional working relationships with suppliers and external stakeholders Source and purchase quality products and equipment at competitive wholesale prices Ensuring internal and external reporting requirements are completed to a high standard of accuracy and within specified timeframes Ensuring that all day-to-day operations of the Mobile Van and EQ+ Services is of a high standard and adhere to all processes. Support the increase growth of EQ+ through marketing and advertising strategies Be an integral member of the NorthAble Leadership Team The above list is not exhaustive, and the role may change to meet the overall objectives of the company. Other Duties: Approve and monthly Creditor accounts for payment within specified timeframes Management of retail and E-commerce administration, hardware, and software to ensure ongoing operational and improvements. Attending and assisting at Trade Fairs/Expos and presentations as required Accurate Inventory Management Conduct monthly Employee 1:1 meetings and Annual Performance Appraisal reviews within NorthAble guidelines and timeframes, including setting of KPIs Comply with Health & Safety expectations of NorthAble and health & safety requirements/standards for retail and managing equipment in the health sector. Review all related documents, policies, procedures and processes as part of NorthAble Quality Assurance Programme (360 Degrees Quality Assurance Programme) Management and maintaining the Hire Equipment Management and administration of E-commerce sites, including shopping applications on digital and social media platforms. Regular updating the website ensuring www.equipmentplus.org.nz is top of mind Maintaining relationships in the local business community, suppliers, and other related bodies Carry our deliveries as required in a Ford Transit manual van Be the for front of the Brand (NorthAble EQ+) Manage and maintain relationships with NorthAble EQ+ agencies Implementation and reviewing EQ+ Business Plan Required competencies: Ability to manage changing priorities and meet deadlines An ability to drive sales and customer services A keen eye for detail with a high degree of accuracy A highly developed written and oral communicator with a good command of grammar Demonstrated ability to be diplomatic and collaborate with others at all levels Intermediate to advanced skills in a range of IT applications, including Microsoft Office Ability to use initiative and sound judgement, meet multiple demands and handle work pressure The ability to anticipate needs and self-manage your workload Ability to do physical activity Effective reporting and contribution to the organisation A team player with a willingness to assist and support others as required Strategic & Analytical thinking Astute Business awareness Initiative Positive approach to change Confident in speaking with the public and in group presentations Required qualities/attributes: Maturity, integrity, confidentiality Positive attitude and solution focused Self-motivation and work ethic

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

Lottery Grants Board

Rothbury Insurance Brokers

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

Rothbury Insurance Brokers
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