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People First New Zealand

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    People First New Zealand Inc. Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi is a Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) and a national self-advocacy organisation that is led and directed by people with learning (intellectual) disability.

    People First is here to:

    • make sure people with learning disability can speak up and be heard on things that are important to them in government, in services and in the community;
    • represent people with a learning disability who cannot speak for themselves;
    • promote the rights of people with learning disability.


    People First NZ has:

    • a free Disability Information and Advice Service for information about learning disability;
    • free membership for people with learning disability, who are over 18 years of age;
    • monthly local self-advocacy meetings held around New Zealand;
    • leadership projects and opportunities for people with learning disability;
    • courses for people with learning disability that services can contract us to deliver;
    • a service to translate your information into Easy Read – a format that is easier for people to read and understand;
    • members that are experienced disability advisory group representatives, and trained Meeting Assistants to assist them;
    • Books and DVDs you can order.
    Information & support
    Injury, illness or disability

    Age groups

    • Adult / Pakeke