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Published 26 June 2024

When it comes to supporting our tamariki the journey can sometimes feel a bit like navigating a maze. The Ministry of Education (MoE) may not have specific initiatives just for disabled Māori school children, but don’t worry! There are plenty of resources and whānau-focused services that can lend a hand.

Local Iwi and Māori Health Providers

First stop? Your local iwi or Māori health provider. These amazing providers often offer wrap-around services tailored for Māori families, which means they have the resources and knowledge to support you. Walk into your local provider and ask if they have special services for disabled tamariki. They’re usually more than happy to help and guide you in the right direction. Head Te Aka Whai Ora the Māori Health Authority to navigate Māori health providers by region. (external link)  

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)

For parents and guardians navigating school achievement barriers, the MoE has put together comprehensive information on Special Assessment Conditions (SAC). This is particularly useful if your tamaiti needs assistive technology or other supports to succeed at school. Check out our educational section on Firstport for more information.

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People

Our Ministry of Disabled People have compiled a list of support services for Māori and Pacific disabilities, which you can explore to find the right fit for your whānau. These services include:

  • Training for work
  • Advocacy
  • Community support groups
  • And much more!

Check out the following links to see where these services are spread across our beautiful motu: