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:
Nelson:

Dr Garth Smith - Paediatrician at Specialists at
Lower Queen Street Health
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson.
Email: info@kidsdoc.co.nz
Website: www.kidsdoc.co.nz

TACTICS Nelson - user pays part of Tautoko Services
Phone: (04) 233 0164.
Email: regional@tautoko.org.nz 
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

Blenheim:
Maggie Dewar - Clinical Psychologist
Address: 22 D George Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 7615 or (027) 563 018
Email: m.dewar@xtra.co.nz

Dr Marilyn Willis
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 

Child and 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
Website: www.kidsdoc.co.nz

TACTICS Nelson - user pays part of Tautoko Services
Phone: (04) 233 0164
Email: regional@tautoko.org.nz 
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

 

Respite 

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

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

 

Employment

Workbridge
Nelson Phone: (03) 546 7560
Motueka Phone: (03) 528 1040
Blenheim Phone: (03) 984 3510

WORKSTAR
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
Website: www.uppersouth.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

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

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

 

Supported living and 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
Website: www.nzcare.co.nz

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

 

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
Email: office@zindels.co.nz

Public Trust
Phone: 0800 371 471
Email: info@publictrust.co.nz
Website: www.publictrust.co.nz

Nelson
Address: 9 Buxton Square, Nelson

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

Beneficiaries & Unwaged Workers Trust Nelson - 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

 

Support organisations

Support Works – the needs assessment agency
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
Email: support.works@nmdhb.govt.nz

Altogether Autism – information service 
Phone: 0800 273463
Email: nelson@altogetherautism.org.nz
Website: www.altogetherautism.org.nz 

Ahorangi Consultant & Services - provides hands on help and best practice advice in teaching and care of people with ASD. 
Contact: Tim Powell
Phone: (021) 544 550
Website: www.ahorangi.com

ASD Plus Education for families - this is a free programme for pre-school age children diagnosed with ASD delivered by Explore Specialist Advice. A referral from Support works or ASD Coordinator (NMDHB Child Development Services) or a paediatrician will be required.
Phone: 0800 000 421 
Email: explore@explore.org.nz

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
Website: www.explore.org.nz

Assessment, Therapy and Training Service – a service offering a variety of Assessment, Behaviour, Communication, Therapy and Training. Contact Tactics (part of Tautoko Support Services). This is a private, user-pays service.
Phone: (04) 233 0164
Email: regional@tautuko.org.nz
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation - Asperger Syndrome
Website: www.withyoueverystepoftheway.com  

Citizens Advice Bureau - free advice
Website: www.cab.org.nz

Nelson
Address: 9 Paru Road, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 2117
Email: cab.nelson@xtra.co.nz 

Blenheim
Address: Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 4272
Email: cab.marlborough@xtra.co.nz  

Dyspraxia Support Group Nelson
Phone: (03) 358 3249
Email: dyspraxia.centre.org.nz
Website: www.dyspraxia.org.nz

 

Therapy

Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
Website: www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz
Website: www.davisdyslexia.co.nz
Website: www.davisautism.com

Speld New Zealand
Website: www.speld.org.nz

Konstanca Friedrich Palzer of Dyslexia Correction
Address: Tasman Bay, Marahau, RD2 Motueka
Phone: (03) 527 8060
Website: www.DyslexiaCorrectionTasmanBay.co.nz

Epilepsy New Zealand
Address: 319 Hardy Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 6398
Email: nelson@epilepsy.org.nz

Fragile X
Phone: 0508 938 0552
Website:: www.fragilex.org.nz

Joya Centre - offers Listening Training by certified Tomatis Consultant and Psychotherapist Paulina Aarts.
Address: 49 Brougham Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 539 1360
Email: joyacentre@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.joyacentre.co.nz 

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
Email: melissa@nurturingminds.nz
Website: www.nurturingminds.nz

Pelim - offers private healthcare services including dietician, occupational therapist, play therapist, psychologist, social worker, speech language therapy, teachers, and coaches.
Phone: (03) 547 4999
Email: maryanne@pelim.co.nz

SoundsnWords - Speech Language Therapy (private) in Tasman/Marlborough
Contact: Susan Aitken (Speech Language Therapist)
Phone: (027) 902 7033
Email: soundsnwords.slt@gmail.com
Website: www.soundsnwords.co.nz

CCS Disability Action - provides information, support and advocacy for children, young adults and adults and their families who have a disability.
Nelson
Address: 65 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4479

Marlborough
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

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
Website: www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz

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
Email: nelson@parent2parent.org.nz

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. 
Website: www.strengheningfamilies.govt.nz

Supporting Families
Nelson
Address: Alma House, Level 1 83A Buxton carpark, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 6090

Motueka
Phone: (03) 528 7790

Marlborough
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)
Email: heather@inclusivesport.org.nz
Website: www.inclusivesport.org.nz

Moving is Fun
Contact: Linda and Steve Mace
Phone: (03) 546 6013
Email: just.gym@xtra.co.nz

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

Special Olympics
Website: www.specialolympics.org.nz

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

Looking for Urgent Help?

Please note we are not an emergency service. If you have an emergency situation, please call one of the following: 

Police - 111
Youthline - 0800 37 66 33
Lifeline - 0800 54 33 54
Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Vulnerable Children) 0508 32 64 59