Welcome to the Masterton branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Masterton, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability.
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 Focus as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
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 Chair Matt Wills on Governance.Wairarapa@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 378 2426.
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.Wairarapa@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 378 2426.
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 Masterton branch be sure to select Manawatu Horowhenua when you complete the online form and specify Masterton 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.
Wairarapa Annual Report_2021 (PDF 2.8 MB)
I am the Chair of the Local Committee in the Wairarapa and I’ve been involved with the CCS Disability Action Wairarapa branch most of my life - in governance for around 10 years and as an individual receiving supports.
I have always been a passionate advocate for all people who have a lived experience of disability. I strive to make a difference, particularly when advocating regarding Access issues and encouraging disabled people to ensure our voices are heard and that we can all lead full and active lives in the communities we choose to live in and be part of.
Up until recently, I hosted my own Disability Issues Radio show on our local Access station, Arrow FM, where I interviewed people with disabilities about their lives, support needs and provided a platform for them to tell their stories and allow them to have their voices heard because I strongly believe that with appropriate support, information, advocacy and empowerment, ability should always come before disability.
I have always loved my involvement with CCS Disability Action and firmly believe in this organisations Mission, Vision and Values and, I believe as Governance Members we should all aim to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with living with disabilities and advocate together to create a change of society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities, after all, attitude is everything!
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”