Huria Trust's DIAS service is designed to educate, support and advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities, also known as 'tangata whaikaha'. The service we provide also aims to encourage and empower tangata whaikaha and their whānau to gain control over their lives and the support they receive to eventually establish an improved quality of life and total independence.


We aim to provide support and education for not only the Individual, but also for their whānau.  By educating the whānau, the level of support tangata whaikaha receives will be enhanced as the knowledge and awareness of their immediate support team develops broadly. This is necessary and imperative for enabling good lives for all tangata whaikaha.

This service includes:

  • Facilitating access to disability support services, government services and community providers.

  • Informing individuals and their whānau about the availability of MOH and non-MOH funded support services

  • Provide information to caregivers, providers and the general public.

  • Advocate on behalf of Māori and non-Māori with disability providers, government agencies, community     providers, GP's and specialists.

  • Support whānau with disabilities at their Needs Assessment and Service Coordination at WINZ, GP & specialist appointments.


Tangata Whaikaha and Whānau - Māori with disabilities.

It is important to note that this service is not exclusive to Māori - anyone is able to take advantage of this service. For all registrations and enquiries relevant to the service please contact our Kaiāwhina using the information below.


Kaiāwhina DIAS: Dawn Tukaokao

Email:  dawn.t@huriatrust.co.nz

Phone:  07 578 7838 ext. 210