New Zealand is now at Alert level 2.

At the moment, People First NZ will stay closed and there will be no meetings.

Please see this Easy Read message to all members below:

13 May 2020 – Easy Read message to People First Members


People First New Zealand message to our wider networks:

13 May 2020

These are the changes that we are doing at the moment:

  • No local or regional People First meetings
  • No National Committee meetings in person (some will be happening via zoom)
  • No Learn With Us courses
  • Most People First New Zealand staff will be working from home. Staff will do their best to maintain contact with Members. Wherever possible, staff (including volunteers) will be communicating via email, video messaging or phone.
  • No Members or staff (including volunteers) are to travel or attend functions in person as representatives of People First NZ – including:
    • EXPOs
    • conferences
    • advisory group meetings
    • meetings in person
    • large gatherings, such as awards ceremonies.

We will keep everyone updated as things change.

What are we asking of you?

If you know someone who is a People First Member, please:

  • Assist us to get the attached Easy Read message to them about the temporary changes we are making
  • Assist them to understand why this decision has been made. It may be upsetting as People First meetings are often a big part of peoples’ lives and a way for them to stay in contact with friends.
  • Make sure they are not dropped off to any People First events that were scheduled to take place during this time.
  • Share with them any Easy Read information about COVID-19 available on either:
    • the People First New Zealand website
    • the COVID-19 website:

Thank you in advance for your support and assistance during these uncertain times.

People First NZ helpline

People First New Zealand, IHC and the Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust are working together to respond to people with learning disability during COVID-19.

We are using the People First NZ 0800 (free phone) number to assist people with learning disability and their families/ whānau. While People First NZ staff will respond to calls in the first instance, the three organisations will work together to make sure all people get the help they need.

The People First NZ COVID-19 Helpline number is 0800 20 60 70 and messages will be responded to several times a day.

Easy Read translation service

Additionally, please note that our Easy Read translation service remains active and available for translations relating to COVID-19. You can contact the service on

Cindy Johns

National Manager

People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi