Local groups

Each member belongs to a local group. The local groups meet once a month and are the foundation of all the work we do at People First NZ.

The meetings are run by members, who interview and decide on their local group assistant, and decide what they want to do at the meetings, and attend local events in the community to promote People First NZ and their local group.

At the meetings, members learn about their rights and how to speak up for themselves. People from community groups are invited to meetings to find out more about what they do. Whatever is planned, the groups are a fun way to meet people and to make new friends.

We have groups throughout New Zealand

We have 41 groups in 6 regions throughout New Zealand with about 800 members – you can find a local group near you in the list below.

Map of New Zealand in green with labels showing the regions

Northern Region

The Northern local groups are:

  • Whangarei
  • West Auckland
  • South Auckland
  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • Franklin
  • North Shore

Midland Region

The Midland local groups are:

  • Hamilton
  • Te Awamutu
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Whakatāne
  • Te Puke
  • Gisborne

Group of 6 people standing in a corridor.

Southern Taranaki group with Sir Robert Martin

Central Region

The Central local groups are:

  • Wellington
  • Kāpiti
  • Hutt Valley
  • Whanganui
  • Manawatū
  • North Taranaki
  • Rangitīkei
  • Wairarapa
  • South Taranaki
  • Horowhenua
  • Mana

6 people sitting on chairs in a row in a meeting room.

Blenheim group meeting.

Top of the South Region

The Top of the South local groups are:

  • Blenheim
  • Nelson
  • Richmond
  • Kaikōura
  • Motueka

Midsouth Region

The Midsouth local groups are:

  • Ashburton
  • Christchurch
  • North Canterbury
  • Selwyn
  • Timaru
  • West Coast

Southern Region

The Southern local groups are:

  • Ōamaru
  • Dunedin
  • Balclutha
  • Gore
  • Invercargill

Want to become a member?

To be a People First NZ member you need to be a person with a learning (intellectual) disability and be over 18 years old.

There’s a membership form to complete that asks for your:

  • name
  • address
  • contact information like your email and phone number
  • the group you are joining
  • some personal information.

If you have any questions, get in touch with the regional coordinator for your region.

Find the contact details for your regional coordinator.

You can print the membership form and fill it out and give it to the Local Assistant at your first meeting. Please also read the privacy information about how we will look after information about you.