Membership 2014 - 2015

Autism New Zealand has recently completed a significant organisational review undertaken with the purpose of strengthening our ability to deliver services and building a sustainable future.

Along with canvassing thoughts from existing members of Autism New Zealand, the review also considered the best way to offer services to our community. As a result of the review Autism New Zealand has restructured our branch network into three regional hubs:

  • Northern – covering Northland, Auckland, and Bay of Plenty;
  • Central – covering Gisborne, Manawatu, Taupo, Taranaki, Waikato, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Wellington and Hawkes Bay
  • Southern – covering Nelson/Marlborough, Otago, Southland, West Coast and Canterbury

The hubs will streamline our community’s access to the important services and programmes we offer.

We have also reviewed our membership structure, and although we receive very little government funding, we are committed to making Autism New Zealand accessible to everyone in the community.

As a result of the review we are pleased to be able to announce a new general level of membership that is now free. In addition to the free membership level, we’ve created a number of fee-paying memberships for people and organisations that require more specialised and individualised support. Please see the table below for a more detailed breakdown of membership benefits:

Member benefits General membership:
Financial membership:
Information kit * *
Ongoing contact with an Outreach Coordinator * *
Access to local support group * *
National newsletter & email updates * *
Full access to all Autism New Zealand services (other than services for which we provide for a charge eg. education courses, holiday programmes and LEGO® groups) * *
Individual member to stand for the board and vote at any general meeting of the organisation NA *

Autism New Zealand has also created an Iwi membership which has been designed to ensure a clear pathway for whanau and family who require support. Autism New Zealand is in the process of confirming a delivery model for the Iwi membership.

Changes to the membership structure will come into effect on 1 August 2014, and current memberships of Autism New Zealand will be extended until 31 July 2014 with the benefits as detailed above.

Financial membership including Iwi membership will be for a calendar year and invoiced annually from date of joining, (eg 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2015).

We remain committed to providing exceptional service to members of Autism New Zealand, and will be offering flexible fee payment options for those who wish to become financial members.

If you require any further detail about membership, how to join, or which membership is right for you, please contact your local branch.