There is a wide range of disability agencies and organisations in Christchurch - the Disability Resource Service has an extensive range of information, contact details, pamphlets and brochures available.
You may find it helpful to keep the following list handy:
- Information Centres
- Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination
- Training and Education Support
- Specialised Equipment for People with Disabilities
- Income Support
- Accident Compensation Corporation
314 Worcester Street
Phone: (03) 366 6189
Disabled Persons Assembly Christchurch & Districts (DPA)
Phone: (03) 379 8525
DPA (NZ) Inc is an umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities, organisations involved in advocacy on their behalf, and service providers.
A needs assessment is required to access the disability support services in the community that are funded by the Canterbury District Health Board. Service Co-ordinators are available to assist with arranging for the supports to be put in place. Lifelinks provides needs assessment and service co-ordination for people who have a physical, intellectual, sensory or psychiatric (including alcohol and drug) disability.
PO Box 2379
Phone: 0800 866 877
Workbridge manages the Training Support, Job Support and Self-Start Funds. The Training Support Fund provides financial support for a person with a disability undergoing training or education as part of their plan to gain open employment.
21 Bealey Avenue
Phone: (03) 377 2188
Fax: (03) 377 2176
11 Goulding Avenue
Phone: (03) 962 8369
Fax: (03) 962 8366
Enable Wheelchairs administers the funding of wheelchairs and some other mobility equipment on behalf of the Canterbury District Health Board; Enable Stores administers the funding of other services including housing alterations, vehicle grants, driving assessments.
36 Kingsley Street
Phone: 0800 362 253
The freephone/fax numbers to call for all queries about student allowances are:
Freephone: 0800 88 99 00
Deaf Link Freefax: 0800 621 621
Accident Compensation Corporation
20 -22 Twigger Street
Phone: 0800 222 822
Fax: (03) 355 1666
The University of Canterbury Accommodation Advisors can provide assistance with and advice on:
- Accommodation options for prospective students
- The application process for the halls of residence
- The costs associated with living away from home
- Private renting, landlord and tenancy issues
- Airport pickups for international students
The University of Canterbury has six halls of residence which are all independently operated although University Hall and the Ilam and Sonoda Apartments are managed by UC Accommodation Student Village.
All of the halls offer fully-furnished rooms, computer facilities with University network and internet access, social and recreation facilities, and study rooms. All halls are located a few minutes walk from the campus facilities.
All halls have male and female students on mixed floors.
Halls of residence – fully catered (meals provided)
- Bishop Julius
- College House
- Rochester and Rutherford
- University Hall
Halls of Residence – Self-catered (meal plans are available upon request)
- Ilam Apartments
- Sonoda Apartments
Other advice and support on housing can be obtained from Housing New Zealand.
Phone: 0800 801 601