Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) is a free service for people living with an eligible disability. NASC provides information and support options to assist you to meet your goals.

If you meet the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) eligibility criteria, NASC will meet to explore your support options and goals. These may include:

  • Household management support
  • Personal care support
  • Supported assistance in the community
  • Access to MOH and MSD funded vocational programmes
  • Carer Support subsidy providing respite for unpaid full time carers
  • Rehabilitation support
  • Residential Support Services
  • Independent living support

Feel free to get in touch with our Needs Assessment Service Coordination Team (NASC) if you or someone you care for is 0 – 65 years old and needs long term support for a physical, intellectual, neurological or sensory disability or condition.


Click here to check your eligibility for NASC.


The person can make referrals with a disability, family/whanau, General Practitioner, or even your Health Professional Community Agency.

Download the referral using the button.


When a Referral is accepted the Needs Assessor will carry out an initial assessment will be carried out by a Needs Assessor at a time and place of your choice. You may choose to have support people present. This assessment will first determine eligibility, and, if accepted, the outcomes you wish to achieve. We will endeavour to meet your cultural needs.

The assessment is directed by the person and ends when the person agrees that all needs have been identified fully.

The final report will be written by the Needs Assessor and a copy will be made mailed to the person.

If you have any questions about the assessment process please contact us or phone our office during working hours.

Service Facilitation

The Service Facilitator works with the person to appropriate support options to help individuals reach their goals and positive outcomes. Once these options have been identified and agreed on, the Service Facilitator will make referrals to appropriate services. Once referrals have been made the Service Facilitator will continue to monitor progress.

If you would like assistance completing the referral form please contact NASC Team on 0508 637 200 or by email on alternatively you can send us message.

About us

Employment is one of the biggest factors that lock tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) out of society. Raising work and career opportunities provides an essential place for connection and lifts the model for next-generation practices.

Āhei is a service provided by NorthAble that works to provide meaningful, enjoyable work opportunities for tāngata whaikaha. We bring partner employers and businesses together with motivated members of the disabled community, creating a meaningful employment future for tāngata whaikaha.

We want to invest in diversity development to see a fair representation of tāngata whaikaha working across organisations to reflect the communities we live in and assist in furthering the independence of the community. Our partner organisations share this vision, and we offer the support to implement diverse and inclusive practices and develop our interns to bring their enriched perspectives into the workplace.

Become an Intern

We understand that society disables individuals, and the employment sector is no different. The Āhei program is an internship that removes barriers to the workforce by providing direct access to corporate, commercial, non-government and community organisations across Whangārei so tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) can participate in work.

Our Process

Step 1: Application

   · You apply for the program and our mentors meet with you to discuss your goals.

    · Both you and the Āhei team decide if the internship is right for you and which cohort you’ll join.

    · We aim to match you to a work placement role that suits your capabilities, goals and interests.

Step 2: Internship

    · You attend a three-week long introduction course, three days per week, to get you ready for your placement.

    · You then start your internship work placement.

    · You also attend our readiness course, one day per week, which will support you to understand the skills you are learning at work.

    · We give you individualised mentorship throughout your placement if you need support.

    · We also liaise with your host employer to ensure a successful placement.

Step 3: Employment

    · At the end of your internship, we help you find paid employment.

Why Āhei


Āhei has a team of mentors to guide you through every step of your internship placement, from commencement to graduation.


We guide you through your employment development with workshops, training, peer sessions and job placement to provide learning opportunities along the way.


We provide opportunities to grow professionally in the workplace and personally through an alternative approach to the program that supports your individual learning needs.


We help you build social connections with peers, actively working to create a collegial atmosphere between you and your fellow interns.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Aged between 15 to 24 years old
  • Have a disability that is likely to last six months or longer
  • Available for the six-month internship placement and committed to participating in the full length of the program
  • A New Zealand citizen (or hold an appropriate visa)
  • Be able to reasonably carry out the full length of the internship’s job placement and workshops

The Ideal Applicant

  • A long-term desire to be employed
  • Understand your disability as an individual or have a willingness to understand and self-advocate (we can help with this)
  • Willingness to participate and engage with others, upholding the values of the Āhei project and the Enabling Good Lives approach.

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Become a Partner

Āhei works to provide internship placements for tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) into government, commercial, corporate and non-profit organisations.

Why Āhei?


Āhei has a team with expertise to guide partner organisations and interns through the program.


We offer disability competency training by specialists in the field to our partners and individualised support for host business with interns in work placement roles.


We are connected to various community organisations and network with our partner businesses with other authorities and diversity initiatives in the sector.


Our interns create a talent pool that is diverse, which in turn diversifies and adds immeasurable value to your business profile and social capital.


We create network of businesses across the region, creating a community of like-minded organisations.

How You Can Help

  • Active partnership

Provide placement opportunities for our interns

  • Passive partnership

Sponsorship of events associated to Āhei

Or talk to us about exploring other ways to collaborate

How active partnership works


We meet on-site to discuss the program and what you can offer an intern. We then conduct a site assessment to help ensure we select the most appropriate intern for your environment.


We select an intern from our talent pool according to their interests and your needs for a purposeful placement.


We provide training to Āhei interns using the ‘i am capable’ framework along their internship journey.


The Āhei team provides ongoing mentoring and assistance to interns and partners, ensuring a well-supported experience for everyone.

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NASC - Needs Assessments and Service Coordination
Sharon Tahere

Facilitation Services Lead Facilitator

021 062 7643

TeRau Arena Allen

Kaiārahi Kaupapa Māori Development

027 685 4292

Cheyenne Harris

Facilitation Services Lead Facilitator

021 198 1835

Pam Arbon

Support Coordinator

Anne-Marie Morgan

Service Facilitator


Paytyn Bristow

Service Facilitator

021 266 2738

Anne Leahy

Service Facilitator

Tipene Pownceby

Service Facilitator

Tarien Vanaswegen

Support Coodinator

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