Our History

The Personal Advocacy Trust (PAT) is a not-for-profit registered Charitable Trust.

It was established in 1967 as the trusteeship scheme of parents with children cared for through IHC, who sought reassurance and confirmation that on their death someone would provide advocacy, guidance and support in their stead. Much of our membership enrolled at this time and in the decade following. Some of our current members and their families have received advocacy support for over 40 years. In more recent years PAT has maintained modest growth in enrolled membership, while the landscape of the disability sector in New Zealand has evolved significantly. Provision for intellectual disability now has a higher profile, with plentiful support services and opportunities for wider social engagement.

In this new environment the need for advocacy that is completely independent and unaffiliated with external parties remains a key concern for New Zealand’s intellectually disabled. Today PAT continues to respond to this need with its advocacy work across New Zealand.