Welcome to the New Plymouth branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near New Plymouth, 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 AccessAbility 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 at a branch level.
You can contact Local Committee Chair Graham Cochrane on Governance.NorthTaranaki@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 758 5423.
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.NorthTaranaki@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 06 758 5423.
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 caregiver for us, please visit Support Us or contact our branch directly.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Taranaki branch be sure to select North Taranaki when you complete the online form.
North Taranaki Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 2.5 MB)
I joined the then Crippled Children Society in Central Taranaki in 1972 and on my return to New Plymouth in 1978 was co-opted onto the North Taranaki Branch as a committee member.
During the 1980s and 1990s I held a position for nine years as Central Regional Representative on the National Board, since that time I have held a number of positions on our local branch and at present I’m chairperson of our Local Committee. I am also a Life Member both of our North Taranaki branch and the National body.
In my career for 30 years as an auctioneer and Real Estate salesperson, I have been heavily involved in the New Plymouth community. With 17 years as Deputy Controller Civil Defence, 18 years Race Director of our Mountain to Surf Marathon, and over 40 years as a rugby referee (still active each Saturday and mid-week). It was in 2015 that I was awarded a New Zealander of the year award for my service to the folk of New Plymouth city.
Kai arua Te Maunga
Waikaramihi Te Awa
Ngati Wai Te Hapu
Nga Puhi Te Iwi
Ko Janine Richards 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”
I joined the CCS Disability Action Board in April 2015. Having recently retired, I am looking to make use of my spare time to make a contribution to my community and in particular the Disability Sector. My vision is to see disability organisations working as unified organisations delivering consistent services to disabled people, which allows disabled people to have good lives.
I was a member of the then Crippled Children’s Society Wellington Branch and a National Board member from 1988 until 1996, and Vice president from 1994 to 1996. During this period I led the re-write of the constitution; the organisation’s name change; the restructure and regionalisation of NZCCS; the development of the Treaty Principles; the establishment of Maori focus teams; and the develop and training of disabled members to actively participate in the planning, services needs of members and direct involvement in Governance roles. I came back to the Wellington Branch, Local Executive Committee about 8 to 10 years ago.
My working life has been mainly in the New Zealand Defence; serving for 13 years as an Army Officer specialising in procurement and logistics, retiring in the rank of Major. My career since 1985 has seen me leading procurement organisations in senior roles in the New Zealand Defence Force and six years as National Manager Procurement with ANZ Bank and NZ Manager Procurement in PwC. In these positions I managed up to 70 staff in one logistics delivery organisation and 90 staff with six direct reports located across New Zealand. I have always worked with continual, aggressive and agile change.