What do we stand for?

People First New Zealand is a self advocacy organisation that is led and directed by people with learning (intellectual) disability. People First is part of an international movement fighting for the rights and inclusion of all people with learning disability.


Our Mission Statement

People First New Zealand Inc. Nga Tangata Tuatahi is here to empower and support people with learning disability to be strong and valued individuals in New Zealand.

People First believes:

  1. People with learning disability should have respect, have full rights of citizenship in New Zealand and be fully included in communities.

  2. Maori are the people of the land (Tangata Whenua) and we will support the rights Maori have under the Treaty of Waitangi.


Our Vision

People First is here to:

  1. 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;

  2. Represent people with a learning disability who cannot speak for themselves;

  3. Promote the rights of people with learning disability.