NorthAble Disability Services

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Independent disability information and advisory service. Free to people with a disability, their families, whanau, aiga, caregivers, providers and the general public. We are here to assist and answer any of your questions.  Our aim is to provide information that is relevant and useful to you.

We can link you to a range of information including support organisations and groups, education and training, recreation, equipment options, funding options, link centres, Firstport.

We welcome the opportunity to visit your organisation or community group anywhere within Te Tai Tokerau Northland and present on disability information and the services provided by NorthAble. Pop into the office, give us a call or email us at email.

You can also like our Facebook page to keep up to date of news and important information updates.

Sign up to our weekly newsletter by sending us an email.

Or check out First Port  for lots of helpful information, news, and events.

NASC – Needs Assessment Service Coordination

Information and support options to assist you to meet goals, NASC is a free service provided by NorthAble for people living with a disability.

If you meet the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) eligibility criteria, NASC will meet with you to explore your support options and goals. We can then discuss the information and support options that may assist you to meet your goals. These may include:

  • Manage household tasks
  • Self-care
  • Supported assistance in the community
  • Carer Support Subsidy providing time out for unpaid full time carers
  • Rehabilitation support
  • Residential Support Services
  • Support to live in your own residence

Talk to our NorthAble Needs Assessment Service Coordination Team (NASC) if you or someone you care for is 0 – 65 years old and needs long term support due to a physical, intellectual, neurological, sensory disability or autism. You can check your eligibility or make a referral online by clicking here, or give us a call to find out more.

Referrals can be made by you, the person with a disability, family/whanau, General Practitioner, Health Professional Community Agency.

Click here to be taken to the NorthAble NASC website for more information.

NorthAble Equipment Plus

NorthAble Equipment Plus are Northland’s largest supplier of equipment and products to support people who may have a temporary or permanent impairment.

You may have experiences an accident or injury, be waiting for, or recovering from surgery, or simply aging gracefully and finding some of those everyday tasks and activities more difficult. Whatever your situation, we have a large range of equipment to assist you available for sale and hire.

Our trained and experienced Equipment and Disability Information Consultants offer free advice on a wide range of equipment and supports for daily living that we have available for purchase and hire.

We also specialise in providing free and informative equipment presentations and training to community groups and organisations, health groups and professionals, and the wider sector. These presentations are informative and fun, while providing you with important information and tips on using equipment correctly and keeping yourself safe in your home environment and the community.

With an office in Whangarei, a mobile van service, and a NorthAble agency at Far-North Pharmacy in Kaitaia, NorthAble provides disability support and information in the Whangarei, Mid-Far North and Kaipara Districts.

Click here to be taken to the NorthAble Equipment Plus Website.

LYNKZ Community Participation Program

NorthAble LYNKZ is a community based service that works with its whanau to enhance relationships, increase opportunities and improve their life We are based in the heart of Whangarei and have many clients who travel to partake in our daily activities.

LYNKZ whanau are aged between 16 and 64 and have a learning, physical, or sensory disability.  Some of our clients have a combination of these.  We provide daily activities from Monday to Thursday with everything from cooking classes to trips to the zoo or beach.  We aim for all of our whanau to become more confident while learning valuable skills as we engage in our community.

Our service is free to participants who meet Ministry of Social Development criteria, or if like many of our other whanau not everyone meets the MSD criteria and some have different assistance in place – so we can work with you on a pay per activity basis.

If you’re interested in finding out more about LYNKZ, then you or your whanau can get in touch with us, or simply download a referral form from our website or contact us for a copy.

Check out and follow NorthAble LYNKZ on Facebook.


NorthAble Matapuna Hauora  offers a MSD funded Very High Needs (VHN) service for clients who have Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding as defined by Ministry of Education.

Our VHN coordinator will work directly with you and your family/whanau or support people to look at what extra help you might need to engage in everyday social activities and participate in your local community. We will talk with you about your favourite hobbies, priorities, goals and aspirations, and create a plan that enables you to get out there and live your life. We will also suggest activities and help you research ideas based on the things you want to achieve. Our service is truly personalised around you and your aspirations.

To find out more, you can drop in to NorthAble, ring or download the VHN referral form from the VHN website by clicking here, or just like us or and follow us on Facebook!

 Navigation Services

NorthAble’s ENCompass navigation service is a short term, outcomes focused intervention that can help to identify and overcome barriers that are holding you back.  We can work across issue or sector by providing a dedicated navigator to you, based on your own personal situation.

Our key aims are to enable individuals and their family/whãnau to create a positive future for themselves. ENCompass facilitates interventions and support around opportunities for self-determination for families to build and maintain resilience.

Find out more about the history of navigation in Northland, what navigation is, and how to make a referral on our website by clicking here.


NorthAble Matapuna Hauora: 40 John St, Whangarei, 0110

LYNKZ Community Participation Program: 40 John Street, Whangarei, 0110

NorthAble Equipment Plus: 73 John St, Whangarei, 0110


NorthAble Matapuna Hauora – Main Office

Phone: 09 430 0988
Freephone: 0508 637 200


Website: Click here to be taken to the NorthAble Matapuna website

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 LYNKZ Community Participation Program

Phone: 09 430 3470
Freephone: 0508 637 200


Website: Click here to be taken to the NorthAble Matapuna website

Like and follow our LYNKZ Facebook Page.

Equipment Plus Shop & Mobile Van Service
73 John Street (Corner John and Dent Streets)
Whangarei 0110
Ph:  09 430 3469


Online shop:

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 NorthAble Equipment Plus Equipment also stocked in partnership with:
Far North Pharmacy
53 Commerce Street

Unichem Orrs Maungaturoto Pharmacy – 144 Hurndall Street West, Maungaturoto 0520