Welcome to the Whakatane branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Whakatane, 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 Support Net Kupenga Hao Ite Ora Tauranga as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
Jubilee Trust and Cook Opie Trust
The Jubilee Trust and Cook Opie Trust provide financial support for people with physical disabilities living in Northland, Auckland and the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Find out more about the trusts' funding criteria and how you can apply here.
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 Local Advisory Chair Jane Brown on Governance.BoP@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 07 578 0063.
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 Local Executive Committee Chair Hylton Honour on Governance.BoP@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 07 578 0063.
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.BoP@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 07 578 0063.
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 Whakatane branch be sure to select Bay of Plenty when you complete the online form and specify Whakatane in the comments section.
Whakatane Newsletter (PDF 880 KB)
Whakatane Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 4.6 MB)
I hail from a little slice of paradise on the East Coast of the North Island…Ruatorea
I grew up truly walking in the fusion of Maori and Pakeha world views, fortunate to have Maori and English heritage. As the last of seven children, I learnt the value of sharing and contribution for the greater good.
I also grew in the richness of having a sibling with an intellectual disability. To say his presence in my life influenced my career pathway is an understatement.
I have spent 35 years working in the disability sector in a variety of roles and for a number of providers. My career started with the Psychopaedic nursing programme at Mangere Hospital and Training School in South Auckland as a 17 year old and has culminated in my inclusion in the CCS Disability Action whanau in 2017. All of my experiences in other roles has prepared me well for the rigours of general management.
I have three gorgeous sons who are my heart. I love entertaining and feeding people – ask me about my famous burnt sugar steamed pudding – its legendary.
Vicki has a lived experience of disability and the everyday issues facing living inclusively in our communities. She has been actively involved with CCS Disability Action since 1991.
A strong believer in human rights, Vicki holds local volunteer governance and trustee roles in Local Advisory Committee, Local Executive Commitee, and many other community organisations, becoming the regionally elected national board member for the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regions in 2005.
Vicki works as a marketing associate with ReserveGroup Consulting and specialises in online marketing and web systems. Together with husband Colin, Vicki is a director of their architectural practice, Davista Architecture. On the home front, living in Tauranga, Vicki and Colin have 3 young adult sons, and the friends that come with that are always welcomed. Vicki and Colin both enjoy travelling, trout fishing, skiing, gardening, art, literature, good food, good wine and good company.