Amazing Organisations

Here is a list of amazing organisations that for one or more reasons could be very useful to you.

1737 – Feeling bad?

Are you experiencing mental distress, anxiety, depression or overwhelm?

Free Call or TXT to 1737 now. (NZ only)

Calls are answered by experienced trained counsellors.

24 hours a day. The service is completely free.

Alternate phone line if you are calling from an in-house switchboard 0800 1737 1737

Able Thrive – Curated Disability Content

Find SCI specific content curated from people, organisations and hospitals all over the world

Be. Accessible

Imagine a world where every person, building and community is truly accessible.  That world is what Be. Accessible has set out to create.

2 Spinal Rehabilitation Units in New Zealand

The Burwood Spinal Unit (BSU) provides services for people with spinal cord impairments caused by accident, illness or congenital abnormalities.

There are two spinal rehabilitation units in New Zealand. Click here for details :

Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit – The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) is a regional spinal injury service which provides comprehensive care for people with a spinal cord injury from the central north island to the far north of NZ.

Burwood Spinal Unit (Christchurch) – The Burwood Spinal Unit (BSU) provides services for people with spinal cord impairments caused by accident, illness or congenital abnormalities.

Carers New Zealand

If you are a carer  we think Carers New Zealand do an awesome job informing and supporting the carers of New Zealand

Computers for Special Needs Trust

An organisation that loans computers to people with special needs in the Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough region of NZ

Continence NZ

Continence NZ is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people with bladder and bowel incontinence.

Equal Employment Opportunities Trust

The Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust is a not-for-profit organisation tasked with providing EEO information and tools to employers and raising awareness of diversity issues in New Zealand workplaces

Facing Disability

More than 600 of the best spinal cord injury resources on the web
Designed to help you find what you need quickly


Explore, discover and live.

Firstport is for anyone looking for information, advice, support or equipment relating to disability in New Zealand.

Funding Organisations

Are you looking for funding? One of these funding organisations below may suit your need.

Click on a link.

NZ Lotteries J R McKenzie Trust
Hyman Marks Trust Paraloan


Please advise us if any of the above changes their criteria and no longer considers individual requests.

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) Support Group

Provides support and advice and information to GBS sufferers, survivors and their families and carers.

Halberg Disability Sport Foundation

The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 1963 by Olympic legend, Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) on the belief that all people, regardless of their ability, should have equal opportunity to enhance their lives through sport and recreation.  Since 1963, the Foundation has worked tirelessly to make Sir Murray’s vision a reality for New Zealand’s physically disabled people.

Life Unlimited – Living Independance for everyone

Life Unlimited is a charitable trust working in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua,and Gisborne offering  a multitude of health and disability services, advice and equipment so you can live the life you choose.

Live Life to The Fullest

John Marrable lives his life to the fullest’ and hopes to inspire others to do the same!  Black Belt in Karate while living life in a wheelchair? Why not!

NZ Disability Support Network

NZDSN is an incorporated society of member organisations which provides support to disabled people.

NZ Rugby Foundation

The New Zealand Rugby Foundation assists New Zealanders who sustain spinal cord injuries during rugby with legal assistance, personal counselling, education, sports and arts, home and garden maintenance, business start-up assistance, technology, and VIP ( very injured players) group activities.

NZ Tourism Guide – Accessible Accommodation in NZ

New Zealand accessible accommodation is best suited for those using wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs, seniors, or people with impaired mobility, sight or hearing. Before making a booking, confirm with the establishment the particular details of the facilities and features you require are catered for.

Parafed’s in New Zealand

Being physically active is very important for health and well being and especially if you have an SCI. There are numerous Parafed Organisations throughout New Zealand whose goal is to get you active through sport and recreation.


Paraloan was established in 1974 to assist people with physical disabilities to help themselves by providing access to term loans at lower than market rates.

They provide Loans for: Housing, Motor Vehicles and Other Purposes eg self employment, mobility scooters, etc.

Check out their website for lending criteria.

Sailability Auckland

Our aim is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to sail in safety and to experience adventure and freedom – building mobility, self confidence and pride through achievement”.

We have sailing programs suitable for almost anyone regardless of the level of their disability or sailing skills. The yachts we use for our programs have many safety features including weighted centre boards / keels ensuring the boats are virtually impossible to capsize.

Many of our members have competed in sailing events around the world and we currently have six members campaigning to represent New Zealand at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in all three Paralympic classes. Others just want to have fun on the water and enjoy the freedom sailing can offer.

Spinal Support NZ

If you are transitioning through the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) or live in the Auckland region you will find our colleagues from Spinal Support NZ very helpful.

The NZ Federation of Disability Information Centres

The NZFDIC represents the Disability Information Services/Centres across New Zealand and you can connect to any of the 26 services from the website.

The New Zealand Spinal Trust offer this page to the SCI Community as a service only and is not suggesting these suppliers are preferred in any way. If you have a business who provides products or services to the SCI Community and wish to be added to this page please contact

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