Nelson / Marlborough

Community Links

01. Adult Diagnosis

Contact your local GP for a referral to Adult Mental Health Services.
If you experience difficulties with this option, please contact the Branch for further discussion.

If you wish to go privately, you can contact:

Cristina Fon
Address: 15 Bridge Street, Nelson 7010

Dr Garth Smith – Paediatrician at Specialists at 
Lower Queen Street Health
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson.
*Dr Smith no longer sees adults, unless by special arrangement through GP referral if no adult services exist.

The Nelson Clinic 
Address: 42 Waimea Road, Nelson 7010
Phone: 03 548 3536 

02. Child & Youth Diagnosis

Contact your local GP for a referral to Paediatrician up to age 15 years, or CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) if the young person is over 15 years.
Phone: (03) 546 1800

Or if you wish to go privately, you can contact:

Dr Garth Smith – Paediatrician at Specialists at
Lower Queen Street Health
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson
Phone: (03) 544 8818 or (03) 546 7007

03. Respite

Carers New Zealand – National Career Matching Service. Contact Support Works for a referral and more information:
Phone: 0800 777 797

NZCare Disability (division of Healthcare NZ)

This is done via NASC –
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 547 0585


03. Employment

Nelson/Richmond Phone: 0508 858 858. Address: 186 Queen Street Richmond
Motueka Phone: (03) 528 1040
Blenheim Phone: 0508 858 858

Address: 70 Waimea Road, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 9206

Options (previously Neighbourhood Connections) – they will assist in giving support to a person with ASD, i.e. planning goals, mentoring, and guidance into work or further education. Please contact Support Works for a referral.
Nelson Phone: (03) 545 7499
Blenheim Phone: (03) 577 9094

CCS Disability Action

Address: 65 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4479

Address: 9 Sinclair Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 1170

04. Supported Living & Accommodation

IHC – IDEA Services
Nelson Phone: (03) 548 4229
Blenheim Phone: (03) 578 0949

Disability Support Services (division of Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board)
Nelson Phone: (03) 546 1671
Blenheim Phone: (03) 520 9999

NZCare Disability (division of HealthCare of NZ)
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 547 0585

Options (previously Neighbourhood Connections) – they provide a service for people who want to live in their own place or their family home with support. Please contact Support Works for a referral.
Nelson Phone: (03) 545 7499   
Blenheim Phone: (03) 577 9094

05. Legal

Nelson Bays Community Law Service
Phone (03) 548 1288 or (03) 577 9919 or 0800 246 146
Zindels Barristers & Solicitors
Address: 21 New St, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 3268

Public Trust
Phone: 0800 371 471

Address: Morrison Square, Suite 3, Level 1, 244 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010

Address: The Forum Building, Cnr Queen & High Streets, Blenheim

Beneficiaries & Unwaged Workers Trust Nelson (BUWT) – providing information and advice on welfare laws. Advocating for people who have problems with governmental agencies.
Address: 31 Selwyn Place, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 8171

06. Support Organisations

Needs Assessment Service (NASC)
Address: 66 Oxford Street, Richmond, Nelson  
Phone: (03) 539 3976

Marlborough Health Hub
Address: 22 Queen Street, Blenheim 
Phone: (03) 520 8765, or 0800 244 300

Altogether Autism – information service 
Phone: 0800 273463

Exploring Autism – is a programme for parents, caregivers and whānau of children with a recent diagnosis of autism. It is available throughout New Zealand at no cost to families. Programmes are available for families with a child aged between 0-5 years as well as families with a child aged 6-9 years.
Phone: 0800 605 001

Explore Behaviour Support Services (division of HealthCare NZ) – specialist behavior support services for children and adults with a disability and who have challenging behaviour. A referral from Support Works will be required.
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 547 0585, or 0800 000 421

Citizens Advice Bureau – free advice

Address: 9 Paru Road, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 2117

Address: Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 4272

Dyspraxia Support Group Nelson
Phone: (03) 540 3342


07. Therapy

Dyslexia and other learning difficulties

Speld New Zealand

Konstanca Friedrich Palzer of Dyslexia Correction
Address: Tasman Bay, Marahau, RD2 Motueka
Phone: (03) 527 8060

Epilepsy New Zealand
Address: 319 Hardy Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 6398

Fragile X
Phone: 0508 938 0552

Rachel Hanover-O’Connor
Online counselling

Joya Centre – offers Listening Training by certified Tomatis Consultant and Psychotherapist Paulina Aarts.
Address: 49 Brougham Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 539 1360

Rachel Heartwood AThR
Eco-Arts Therapist
Phone: (022) 300 2515
website: Art Therapy in Motueka, New Zealand: Heartwood Arts Therapy.

Nurturing Minds, Blenheim – counselling, Therapy, Parenting Solutions & Behaviour Management. This is a private, user-pays service.
Contact: Melissa Wolfe (Registered Psychologist)
Phone: (027) 209 9926

CCS Disability Action – provides information, support and advocacy for children, young adults and adults and their families who have a disability.

Address: 65 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4479

Address: 9 Sinclair Street, Mayfield, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 1170

Family Works (Presbyterian Support) – provides social work and family support.
Address: 360 Annesbrooke Drive, Stoke, Nelson
Phone: (03) 547 9350

PP Therapy, Nelson – Private counselling and psychotherapy services for Autistic children, young people and adults. WINZ Disability Allowance (counselling subsidy) accepted.
Contact: Patricia Pataki (Registered Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist)
Phone: 022 134 2400

IHC / IDEA Services Nelson/Marlborough
Phone: 0800 273 7587

Marlborough Children’s Team – identify support and protect vulnerable children.
Address: Floor 1, Porse Building, 1 Market Street, Blenheim.
Phone: (03) 579 1072

Parent to Parent Nelson – this is a support and information network for parents of children with special needs offering information, courses and Support Groups in Nelson and Blenheim.
Phone: (03) 544 2502

Sleep Insight – Specialist sleep support for autistic children and young people.
Telehealth appointments available.
Website: Sleep Insight – Specialist sleep support for autistic children & young people

Strengthening Families – strengthening families helps families to get access to services they need and brings together families and all agencies that have a part to play in helping the family. 

Yellow Brick Road
Address: Alma House, Level 1 83A Buxton carpark, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 6090

Phone: (03) 528 7790

Address: 68 Seymour Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 577 5491

Inclusive Sports Trust Nelson
Contact: Heather or Sharona Gordon
Phone: (03) 548 5955 (Heather)
Mobile: (027) 545 8158 (Sharona)

Moving is Fun
Contact: Linda and Steve Mace
Phone: (03) 546 6013

Riding for the Disabled
Nelson Phone: (03) 544 8960
Motueka Phone: (03) 528 0227
Blenheim Phone: (03) 5787350

Special Olympics

Sport Tasman/Halberg Trust
Address: Saxton Sports Facility, 142 Saxton Road, East Stoke, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 7910

Richmond Aquatic Centre
Every Sunday at Richmond Aquatic Centre from 10am-12pm
Weekly fun free aqua play sessions for 5-18-year-olds with special needs and disabilities, family members are welcome to join in on the fun in the pool too!

Sailability Nelson
Provide access to safe sailing to enrich the lives of Nelsonians with an intellectual or physical disability. Through sailing we enable people with disabilities to experience adventure and freedom – encouraging mobility, self-confidence and pride through achievement.
Picton and Marlborough Libraries

The Halberg Trust – Activity Fund
Phone: 0800 425 2374
COMMOTION is an action-packed weekend of workshops and performances for youth aged 13-20, run by role-model artist/mentors.
 The Buzz – Nelson
To empower, enable and promote wellbeing in young people with learning disabilities and other support needs.
To help them fulfil their potential by providing meaningful life and work skills-based programmes and community networking opportunities.
Q – Youth
Q-Youth is a by-youth, for-youth charitable organisation dedicated to providing support, advocacy, information and education for queer and trans youth and their friends, family & whānau, schools, workplaces, and wider communities.
We are committed to safety and work with the Nelson community to make the Nelson region a safe place to grow up LGBTQ+.
Coding, robotics, electronics for kids.
After-school, weekend, virtual classes and even school holiday programs, SCRATCHPAD caters for all Kiwi kids.
ICONZ – The Boys’ Brigade in NZ Inc – Nelson
Marlborough Parents Centre
Pasifika Autism Support Group (PASG)
To provide support and information for Pasifika families and raise awareness and acceptance of autism in the Pasifika communities. 
Contact: Trisha Lealiifano-Mariota
Phone: 022 4144 299

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