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Welcome to the Hawera branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Hawera, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability.

We offer a range of services for disabled people and their family and whānau. All our support services (with the exception of Mobility Parking) are free.

There are a number of ways you can access them. While some of our services may need a referral and not all the services offered by CCS Disability Action are available from our branch, please get in touch with us directly to discuss your needs and what we can offer you.

You could also contact your GP or AccessAbility as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers. 

Local Committee 

Our branch is guided by a Local Committee that is made up of members who provide governance, leadership and financial management and oversight over our local branch operations.

You can contact Local Committee Co-Chairs Ralph Gibson on Governance.South& or phone 06 278 7212.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a difference as part of our Governance, we would love to hear from you. Email Governance.South& or phone 06 278 7212.

Support us

There are a number of ways you can support our work in communities. If you wish to make a donation or bequest, volunteer your services to our branch, find out about membership, or enquire about becoming a foster caregiver for us, please visit Support Us or contact our branch directly.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Hawera branch be sure to select South and Central Taranaki when you complete the online form and specify Hawera in the comments section.

Paving you way

We work with people of all ages and stages. Our role is not about ticking boxes, nor do we claim to be the ‘expert’ in anyone’s life. Instead, we will work in partnership with disabled people and their families to create individually tailored supports that are guided by individual needs and wishes. Our focus is on developing a sense of what’s important to the people we support.

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If you are interested in learning more download a copy of our brochure (PDF 1.20MB) or the Word version (Word 107.48KB) or the Easy Read version (Easy Read 1.63MB).


South and Central Taranaki Annual Report_2021 (PDF 2.9 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    85 Princes Street
    Hawera 4610

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 687
    Hawera 4640

Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson

Ralph became a local committee member of the South Taranaki branch in the late seventies after the birth of his and Janice’s second child, Samuel, born with osteogenesis-imperfector. The then Crippled Children's Society played a very positive role with the family in the first few years and Ralph and Janice felt they wanted to give something back to the organisation. After a few years on the committee, some as Vice President, Ralph became President of the South Taranaki branch, a position he held for many years. The last number of years Ralph has been a member of the Local Committee with a focus on finance, but recently has taken on the role of Chair of the Central and South Taranaki branch.

Ralph and Janice were in business in South Taranaki for over 40 years selling out a few years ago to have time to do ‘other’ things. Life is still busy. Ralph has also been a company director of a number of private companies and still has governance roles on other Charitable Incorporated Society organisation’s.


Janine Hoete-Thornton General Manager Central Region

Janine Hoete-Thornton General Manager Central Region

Kai arua Te Maunga
Waikaramihi Te Awa
Ngati Wai Te Hapu
Nga Puhi Te Iwi
Ko Janine Hoete-Thornton Toku Ingoa
Kia ora Koutou

I am the newly appointed General Manager for the Central Region from Wellington to Whanganui, Taranaki, Manawatu and Wairarapa.

I have been with CCS Disability Action since 2008, holding senior roles in a number of settings. I have worked in the Health and Disability Sector for 19 Years; my background has been in the area of Business Management and Human Services. What brought me to this organisation was that there was more autonomy to advocate and really make a difference in the lives of others – CCS Disability Action has allowed this to happen.

In my new role, it is the intention that a more strategic view of our service delivery, community development, networks and collaborations will be taken, while ensuring strong leadership at a local level, to provide services in a way that enhances self-direction for disabled people, their families/whanau and our wider communities.

Whanau is important to me: I have three wonderful children, two beautiful mokopuna, and a loving partner who make it possible for me to do the things I do.

“Whaia te iti Kahurangi ki te tuoho koe he maunga teitei”

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