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Welcome to the Palmerston North branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Palmerston North, 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 Mana Whaikaha as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

Local Advisory Committee

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

You can contact our Local Advisory Committee Chair Greg O'Donnell on or phone 06 357 2119.

Local Executive Committee

Our Local Executive Committee is made up of members who provide financial management and oversight at a branch level. You can contact our Local Executive Committee Chair Wendy Coutts on or phone 04 384 5677.

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 or phone 04 567 8910.

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 Palmerston North branch be sure to select Manawatu Horowhenua when you complete the online form and specify Palmerston North 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 1.14MB) or the Word version (Word 104kb).

One size does NOT fit all

This is a free service that offers support to access the newly transformed disability support system, Mana Whaikaha (Enabling Good Lives). CCS Disability Action is committed to ensuring no one misses out through a special emphasis on supporting isolated rural communities. Our staff won’t ask you to come to us. Instead, our highly trained, friendly staff will bring their expertise to you.

One size does NOT fit all

If you are interested in learning more download a copy of our brochure (PDF 507.98KB) or the Word version (Word 102kb) or the Easy Read version (Easy Read PDF 941KB).


Manawatu Horowhenua Annual Report_2021 (PDF 2.7 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    248 Broadway Avenue
    Palmerston North 4414

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 143
    Palmerston North 4440

Greg O'Donnell

Greg O'Donnell

I am just a regular Kiwi bloke with a disability. I enjoy watching or coaching sport, going to movies and live theatre, out to dinner, and socialising with friends and family.

I am self-motivated and maintain high personal standards, taking pride in my work and everything I do.

My experiences in life are showing me the different aspects and styles of leadership and how they can be applied to different situations.

I aspire to being a prominent figure in my community and getting involved where I can.

I have been working in the disability sector for the last 12 years, I am passionate about changing disabled people’s lives for the better.

Wendy Coutts

Wendy Coutts

Wendy lives in Blenheim with her husband Stuart. Wendy has over 30 years governance experience  on local committees, other national boards and the national board of CCS Disability Action.

Wendy is a Life member of the organisation and has received the Queens Service Medal. Wendy has her own accounting practice and dedicates time as an auditor to local community groups to keep up with statutory requirements. Wendy has come back on to the national board as an appointed member to support the Finance sub-committee and holds the position of Chair.

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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