Disability Support

NorthTec aims to provide equal access to facilities and learning opportunities for students with temporary or permanent illness or impairment.

Te Whare Manaaki (Student Support Champions team) is here to help you on your journey, from enrolment to graduation. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through issues that may impact on your study and to help you make the most of your time at NorthTec.

  • Navigating services, grants and scholarships
  • Arranging reader/writer support for exams
  • Providing recommendations on alternative assessment arrangements
  • Referral to community support organisations
  • Accessing equipment and adaptations
  • Dyslexia Adult Screening Testing (DAST)

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Our People

Our Navigator Equity is based at the Raumanga campus to support ākonga who have a permanent or temporary disability to overcome any disadvantages to their study. Services include assessment for a reader-writer, advocacy and referrals to community services.

Brent Hartshorne, Navigator Equity

Brent Hartshorne

Navigator Equity

Brent is at Te Whare Manaaki, Raumanga Campus from Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM–3:15 PM and Friday 8:30 AM–12:00 PM.
Phone: 027 2323 768
Email: bhartshorne@northtec.ac.nz


NorthTec works in partnership with agencies such as Workbridge and CCS Disability Action to remove barriers to learning for students with impairments.


Workbridge is a specialist employment service that works with people with all types of disability, injury or illness and administers three support funds that may apply to students at NorthTec:

  • Job Support
  • Training Support
  • Self-Start

The funds are available to all disabled people, not just those registered as jobseekers with Workbridge and the agency works with the applicant and any other support service to achieve the best results for the applicant.

Click here for more information on the above and the criteria for the funds.

CCS Disability Action

Provides support and strengthens communities so people with disabilities are included in the life of their family/whānau and community.  Services include:

  • Family support
  • Transition support for school leavers
  • Supported employment
  • Supported living
  • Mobility parking
  • Total mobility (taxi vouchers)

Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Tiaho Trust

A disabled-led organisation that provides information and empowerment services to the disabled community of Northland, New Zealand.
Phone: 0800 430 3406
Email: info@tiaho.org.nz
Website: http://tiaho.org.nz/


NorthAble provides disability support and information in the Whangarei, Mid-Far North and Kaipara Districts.

Phone: 0508 637-200
Email: drc@northable.org.nz
Website: http://www.northable.org.nz/


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