We aim to provide disability and health related information to disabled people, older people, family/whanau and others who support the rights of everyone to live good lives in their communities.
The Centre was created by Taranaki people for Taranaki people. All of our activities are underpinned by our values of:
We are proud that our Principles reflect and endorse the Vision and Principles of Enabling Good Lives.
The TDICT core Principles are:
At TDICT Centre, we are proud of our commitment to embedding tikanga maori, within our service provision.
We believe that all people accessing our services and TDICT staff working within our services, should feel culturally safe and respected at all times.
TDICT staff members we work with a number of different organisations, which support the diverse cultures, within the Taranaki region. We aim to deliver our services in a way that respects and values disabled people, of all cultures.
Being able to communicate and be understood is very important and TDICT Centre is committed to providing information, about NZ Sign Language, Easy Read, and other communication supports.
Meet the friendly Team at Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre
Brian has over 25 years of experience in the disability sector and is a valued member of many Boards and Committees in his community. A former NZ Federation of Disability Information Centres President, Brian continues to serve as the national Treasurer. Brian leads by example with his calm and supportive manner and has a wealth of knowledge which can only be gained by many years of working in the field and behind the scenes, striving to make the community of Taranaki a more inclusive place for all. A great rugby fan and former coach, he has also been described as a golf nut who can count to 80!
Naida comes in to help balance the books and prepare board and management reports as required. Naida assists with a number of not-for-profit organisations with time spent in her office space doing accounting and tax returns. Away from the office, Naida is very passionate about spending time with whānau and friends.
Kathryn's role at this busy ‘hub’ is Funding Coordinator. The support and initiatives we provide on a daily basis ensure we meet the criteria for many funders. We are very grateful for the support we receive and the work we are able to achieve due to this support.
Glenda Eriksen is the Centres leading lady for booking your Mobility Scooter for New Plymouth's busy water front and walkway, this also includes Pukekura Park. Glenda can also whip up a great range of baked items and can supply your occasion with a menu to your needs. No matter how you slice it, Glenda will cater to everyones needs.
Jeanette spends her valuable time, two mornings a week, working behind the scenes for our comfort and well being. While she is here she loves to interact with everyone and to see the work and support that happens here on a daily basis.
Joan is married to Larry Peterson, raised three children, and now has time to devote to a number of volunteer groups in New Plymouth including TDICT.