Useful links

The following links provide excellent information and resources. We will continue to add to this list with local and national information and contact centres.

Local Community Links

West Coast District Health Board (external website)

Greymouth Region

Phone: (03) 768 0481
Fax: (03) 768 9625

Buller and Reefton Region

Phone: (03) 788 9030 extn 8701
Fax: (03) 788 8221

LIFELINKS - Under 65 NASC Disability Supports (external website)

Phone: (03) 365 9593 or Freephone 0800 866 877
Fax: (03) 365 5244

Email Administration: office@lifelinks.co.nz

Email Referrals: referrals@lifelinks.co.nz

Email Community Liaison: community@lifelinks.co.nz

Options West Coast - Greymouth (external website)

Options is a vocational service for people aged 16 - 65 who are not case managed.  The aim of the services is to support clients into vocational, educational or natural supports in the community.

Phone: (03) 768 5199
Fax: (03) 768 0524

Options West Coast - Westport (external website)

Options is a vocational service for people aged 16 - 65 who are not case managed.  The aim of the services is to support clients into vocational, educational or natural supports in the community.

Phone: (03) 789 6519
Fax: (03) 768 0524

Workbridge - Greymouth (external website)

Workbridge is a government funded agency established in 1990 to promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Phone: (03) 768 0225 or Freephone 0508 858 858
Fax: (03) 768 0226

Email: davidw@workbridge.co.nz

Access Homehealth - Greymouth (external website)

Nationwide provider of urban and rural homecare services which include home help, personal care, home nursing and meal preparation.

Phone: (03) 768 9997 or Freephone 0800 161 444
Fax: (03) 768 9944

Email: greymouth@access.org.nz

CCS Disability Action - Hokitika (external website)

Provides a range of direct client services including: field officer, social worker services, early childhood services, recreation and leisure programmes, adult training services, advocacy and self advocacy programmes and computer services.  It also offers a parking scheme called Mobility Parking.

Phone: (03) 755 5329 or Freephone 0800 227 225
Fax: (03) 755 5329

Email: hokitika@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Health & Social Services Empowering Whanau to Achieve Whanau Ora (external website)

Office Hours | Monday - Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm

Hokitika Office

17 Sewell Street, Hokitika 7810

Phone: (03) 755 6572 or Freephone 0800 333 170
Fax: (03) 755 6578

Mawhera Office

37 Albert Mall, Greymouth

Phone: (03) 755 6572 or Freephone 0800 333 170

Kawatiri Office

The Denniston Room, Buller Hospital, Westport

Phone: (03) 789 7551 or Freephone 0800 333 170
Fax: (03) 789 7548

Email: enquiries@poutiniwaiora.co.nz

Group Special Education - Greymouth (external website)

Provides a service for students and children with special educational and developmental needs from birth to 21 years of age. Our professional staff includes; Advisors on Deaf Children, Early intervention Teachers, Psychologists, Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Special Education Advisors.

Phone: (03) 768 7210
Fax: (03) 768 7550

Idea Services - Greymouth (external website)

Formerly IHC. (Intellectual Disability Empowerment Association IDEA). Assists people with an intellectual disability to represent their interests and establish themselves in the community. Also keeps people informed about issues, lobbys the Government on right issues, supports families in accessing rights.

Phone: (03) 768 7873
Fax: (03) 768 4851

Idea Services - Westport (external website)

Formerly IHC. (Intellectual Disability Empowerment Association IDEA). Assists people with an intellectual disability to represent their interests and establish themselves in the community. Also keeps people informed about issues, lobbys the Government on right issues, supports families in accessing rights.

Phone: (03) 788 8280
Fax: (03) 788 8281

Greymouth Activity Centre - Greymouth

Provides vocational, educational, physical and recreational activities for people who have psychiatric and/or intellectual disabilities.

Phone: (03) 768 7263

Arthritis New Zealand - West Coast Service Centre (external website)

Offers a range of services for people affected by arthritis through its programmes in health, welfare, education and research. Also offers Arthritis Educator consultation support group meetings and opportunities for immersion exercises.

Phone: (03) 768 7254
Fax: (03) 768 7296

Email: yvonne.anisy@arthritis.org.nz

Polio NZ Inc - West Coast Support Group (external website)

Formerly Post Polio Support Society of NZ; provides information and support for people who have had Polio and may be experiencing the late effects of Polio (Post Polio Syndrome).

Contact: Patsy Bell

Phone: (03) 755 7172 or Freephone 0800 476 546

Email: info@polio.org.nz

Adventure New Zealand - Greymouth

Offers wheelchair tours and tours for disabilities. Specialises in designing tours to meet mobility needs. Has an extensive array of activities, accommodation and places to see that suit people with various mobility needs.

Phone: (03) 768 6649 or Freephone 0508 286 877
Fax: (03) 768 6649

Email: paul@fun-nz.com

Crohn's Colitis Support Group - West Coast/Buller

Offers support and companionship to people who have Crohn's or related inflammatory bowel disease.

Contact: Graham Bill

Phone: (03) 755 7277

Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ Inc - Canterbury Branch (external website)  

We provide practical support, specialist information and life enhancing resources for people living with neuromuscular conditions and their whānau. We raise awareness of these rare conditions, providing education for health professionals, advocacy for care standards and facilitating access to research and emerging treatments. (Neuromuscular conditions is an umbrella term for muscle wasting conditions – we cover around 60 different conditions, many of which are genetic or inherited).

Regional Branches provide community level support through a Fieldworker service and by hosting social events. The Canterbury branch is based in Linwood, Christchurch, and represents association members residing in the geographical areas defined by the Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman, West Coast, mid and South Canterbury regions.

Freephone: 0800 463 222

Email: eris@mda.org.nz

MS West Coast Inc.

Provides information, education and support for people with MS, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone, Huntingtons and other Neurological diseases and their support networks.

Phone: (03) 768 7007
Fax: (03) 768 7023

Email: westcoastms@paradise.net.nz

Hearing Association - Westport (external website)

Deals with the education, rehabilitation and special needs of persons over 16 years of age who experience degrees of hearing loss. Continually seeks ways of improving the social, vocational and educational conditions of the hearing impaired. Provides hearing testing, hearing aid maintenance, rehabilitation support for families and tinnitus management.

Phone: (03) 789 5003
Fax: (03) 789 5002

Email: wpthear@xtra.co.nz

Hearing Association - Greymouth

Deals with the education, rehabilitation and special needs of persons over 16 years of age who experience degrees of hearing loss. Continually seeks ways of improving the social, vocational and educational conditions of the hearing impaired. Provides lip-reading tuition.

Phone: (03) 768 4068

National Links

The Federation of Disability Information Centres (external website)

Disability Line Freephone: 0800 693 342

Firstport (external website)

Freephone: 0800 693 342 for disability information

Human Rights Commission (external website)

Health and Disability Commissioner (external website)

Office for Disability Issues (external website)

Office of the Privacy Commissioner (external website)

Disabled Persons Assembly (external website)

Ministry of Health Disability Services (external website)

WINZ Disability Allowance (external website)

My Care - Home Based Help (external website)

Manawanui Individualised Funding Support (external website)