Nationwide Health & Disabilities Advocacy Service

Mary-Claire Taffs and Alina Mancini are the Health & Disability Advocate based in Whangarei covering from Te Hana to the Bay of Islands.

They provide independent advocacy support and assistance to people who have concerns about a health or disability service they or their family have used.

They also provide free education sessions to any group on the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

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Contact details for  Whangarei's advocates: 

PO Box 1607, Whangarei
Phone: 09 4300 166  
Fax: 0800 278 77678 

Email: or  
Call Centre Freephone 0800 555 050

Lisa Hansen is the Health & Disability Advocate for the Far North region, she is based in Kaitaia, her contact details are:
PO Box 424, Kaitaia 0441
Phone: 09 408 0006
Toll Free: 0800 555 050
Fax: 09 408 0756