Short Term Advocacy

Whilst lifetime advocacy is the ideal, we understand that this model is not accessible or necessary for all New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities, developmental disorders, or other care and support needs.

To meet the need for short term, crisis responsive and customised advocacy, The Personal Advocacy Trust also provides advocacy support contracted on an hourly basis. This service may be accessed by the individual themselves, Parents, Whanau, Service Providers, or any other support person.

Contracting an Advocate through The Personal Advocacy Trust may be appropriate when:

  • Independence and neutrality are vital
  • There is a crisis or issue that lies outside the scope of the Health and Disability Commission Advocacy service (HDC Advocates are only able to respond to concerns regarding health and disability services).

This service is offered nationwide, and is an option for anyone resident in New Zealand with an intellectual disability, developmental disorder, or otherwise meet the definition of having care and support needs.

The fee for this service is $80 per hour excluding GST.

Rangatira Fund

If no funds are available to finance short term advocacy needs, an application may be made to the Trustees for services to be funded through the Rangatira Fund.

The Rangatira Fund is a philanthropic fund originally donated by the JR McKenzie Trust, and maintained today through the generous donations of other charitable organisations. It is to be used to extend support to those whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them accessing services.

To be eligible for funded advocacy hours the following criteria must be met:

  • Be an ‘adult at risk’ as defined by the Trust Deed and at the discretion of the Trustees
  • Have a short term crisis or issue requiring advocacy support
  • Have financial constraints that prevent access to standard Fee-for-Service or Enrolment Advocacy.

To make a referral for support under the Rangatira Fund, please call 0800 728 7878 or email