Resources & Information

How The National Carer Resource Centre Can Help You!

Welcome to Carers NZ, the national network for family, whanau, and aiga carers.

The items in our carer infopack will help you: 

  • Discover the types of support available from government, and how to access them.

  • Learn about Family Care magazine, which you may wish to receive regularly.

  • Know more about Carers NZ and its National Resource Centre, which can keep you informed about issues and developments important to carers.


Your Human Rights And Making Complaints

Download the Human Rights Commission’s Your Human Rights and Making Complaints – A Guide for Disabled People and Their Families and add it to your own electronic carer infopack! 



Life Coach: Let Go!

Lighten you life ( and your mind) by releasing old habits, possessions and attitudes, says coach Richard Blakeborough

As a young man I attended boarding school on the North Yorkshire Moors.

The school terms were neatly sectioned to semi-mirror the seasons: a short and exciting summer term, full of the promise of a long school break; a long autumn term, spiced with the gift of Christmas; and then the feared cold and dreary winter term between Christmas and Easter. January through March were hard yards on the moors: bitterly cold, with little to look forward to at the end.

Caring For You

Reader Story: Catheter Self-Management

New Plymouth Family Care reader Frank Gaze shares his trials and tribulations of catheter self-management.

Supporting Others

Tips And Advice: Nine Rules To Travel By!

NineRulesCoverFamily Care reader Kirsten Gregory recalls the Central Otago holiday she shared with her twin sister following Catherine’s serious injury and intensive rehabilitation. 

Kirsten has provided nine suggestions to help other young people with support needs plan a hassle-free adventure!

Practical Planning

Being Prepared For Homecare Visits

Often visits from health and support professionals are carefully timed, so ensure you get the help you need by being well prepared. Access Homehealth Regional Manager Jo Kara has shared some practical suggestions to help readers maintain successful partnerships with support visitors.

If you receive visits from support workers, nurses, and other helpers, be prepared. Have clothing, cleaning items, meal ingredients, soap, towels, and anything else you're likely to need ready when they arrive!

Practical Planning

Reader Story: Have Walking Frame, Will Travel!

When planning her latest excursion to the Greek village of Leonidion, Diana Noonan asked her Mum to share the journey.

For 20 years I’ve been visiting the same small village on the southeast coast of Greece’s Peloponese Peninsula.

Last year, I asked my mother Val, aged 79, if she would like to join me.

Val experiences mobility difficulties due to arthritis, so when she replied that she would be delighted to travel to Leonidion, we both set about looking for the best ways to manage long haul travel and enjoy new experiences together.

Practical Planning

Carer Story: Pacific Caring

A snapshot of the life of Alfred Manaseli Hartnell. By Richard Pamatatau

Memories of Alfred

My cousin Alfred was profoundly disabled from birth – though my Grand Aunt Ruth Hartnell and her husband, Uncle George, had no idea of this on the day he arrived.

He was, my cousin Lola Hartnell tells me, healthy, plump and noisy. No one knew that he would have extra needs till he was about six months old. Then, as he got older, bit by bit the complex issues he would face throughout his life began to materialise.

Caring For You

Cremation: Facts & Questions

PurpleFloerThere are many myths about cremation … Tuakau funeral director Mark Graham tells us what really happens! 

Supporting Others

CALM – Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

The University of Auckland have created CALM - a great website which can be used as a motivational tool for students struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and other factors that can contribute to poor study practices. 

Sections in the website include:

Caring For You

Healthline: Medical advice 24/7!


Healthline is a free 24 hour telephone health advice service.

Your call will be answered by a registered nurse who can talk with you about any health issues that concern you.

Click here to view the Healthline brochure. 


Support At Home: Planning for the 'What Ifs'

What if the person supporting you becomes ill, has a serious accident, or dies suddenly? What would happen if someone relies on your support and you are incapacitated? The team at Access says it pays to think about the 'what ifs'.

We are all brilliant at putting off thinking about adverse events that could happen today, tomorrow, or in the foreseeable future. The thing is, emergencies do happen; if we are unprepared, they could have disastrous impacts for us or for someone we care about.

Supporting Others


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