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 foster 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.
Bay of Plenty Annual Report (PDF 3 MB)
Kia ora, my name is Jane, and I live in a small town called Edgecumbe in the Bay Of Plenty. I have five adult children, one of whom was born with Spina Bifida. I joined CCS Disability Action to learn more about disabilities. After a few years I found myself on the LAC, then as the chairperson, which I have found exciting as well as rewarding.
Mohan de Mel
I am a Chartered Accountant and have been living in Tauranga for the last 20 years. I joined the Bay of Plenty LEC during January 2019. Bay of Plenty LEC membership has provided me an opportunity to make a contribution to the disability sector and appreciate the challenges faced by our community.
Colene Herbert General Manager Midland Region
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.