Canterbury/West Coast

Welcome to Autism New Zealand Canterbury/West Coast Branch!

From Oamaru in the South to Kaikoura in the North; from Greymouth in the West to Christchurch and Akaroa in the East; Autism New Zealand Canterbury & West Coast Branch is here to help you manage your experience of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Whilst we can not be on the ground in each and every location, our team in Christchurch will do their best to support you and your families or organisations as much as we can. We are here to help, and guide you as much as we can through your experience through knowledge, development and opportunities.

Physical Address: 250 Westminster St, Christchurch Park, Mairehau, Christchurch 8013
Postal Address: PO Box 21273, Edgeware, CHRISTCHURCH 8143
(03) 343 2225
Facebook Page:

Meet the Staff:

Gabrielle Lennon – Outreach Coordinator –
Karen Holmes – Outreach Coordinator –
Mallory Quail – Southern Hub Information and Support Coordinator –
Jeff Johnson - Adult Social Group Support Facilitator -

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am – 3.30pm

All of the Autism New Zealand Canterbury Branch staff are employed on a part-time basis, with roles requiring staff going out into the field from time to time. Therefore the offices may not always be staffed during these times so please call first to ensure somebody will be in.

Services offered by Canterbury/West Coast Branch are:

  • Parent/Carer Support group meetings
  • Holiday Programmes in Christchurch & Timaru
  • Social Activities
  • Regular Enews keeping families up to date with happenings
  • Quarterly Branch Newsletters
  • Local fundraising initiatives
  • Information, professional development, presentations to community, professional and school groups
  • Monday Night Young Adult Support Group

Canterbury/West Coast:

For information on Education Programmes, Support Groups, Holiday Programmes available in your area in Canterbury or the West Coast please click below.


South Canterbury

North Canterbury

West Coast

Quarterly Branch Newsletters:

To view our latest Branch Newsletter click here.


At present the Canterbury/West Coast Branch are able to offer the following activities in Christchurch: Ten-Pin Bowling, Clip ‘n’ Climb at the Roxx and Badminton. Please click here for more information on these activities.
Special Olympics are able to assist further with a range of activities including Bocce, Horse Riding, Ice Skating plus many more (all of these activities do have a small cost).

Information, Presentations & Professional Development Available:

Our Outreach Coordinator or Regional Educator is available to visit your organisation, school, preschool, community centre, residential home or anyone who works with, or has an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders, to:

  • provide Professional Development – this might include an overview of “what is Autism”, behaviours associated with Autism and some basic management strategies
  • to talk about Autism and how it manifests and what this might mean for your situation
  • provide information about Autism New Zealand and the work we do

Any presentation would be tailored to meet the needs of your group. While providing key information we work collaboratively to support the best possible outcomes for those with ASD and their community.

If you are interested please phone the Branch on (03) 343 2225 or email

Teenagers/Young Adults:

Autism New Zealand Canterbury and West Coast Branch have created an area aimed specifically at Teenagers and Young Adults. Included in this area is information on groups and activities available, articles that may be of interest, and anything else that we feel may be of interest. Please click here to visit this area.

Branch Library:

We have an excellent range of books and resources in our library available to members.  If you would like to borrow a book please contact the Branch either by email or phone us on (03) 343 2225.  Alternatively you can pop into our offices between the hours of 9.30am and 3.00pm (please call first to ensure someone will be here to assist you).

Job Opportunities:

We often have families looking for carers, as well as opportunities to work for the Autism New Zealand Canterbury/West Coast Branch on the Holiday Programmes. Please contact the Branch on (03) 343 2225 or email

Sponsors of Autism New Zealand Canterbury/West Coast Branch:

Autism New Zealand Canterbury/West Coast Branch would like to acknowledge and thank the contributions from various organisations, please click here to view the organisations that have assisted us in the last year in helping us to provide the services we currently offer.