How we work

Our governance

Our governance group - the National Executive Committee (NEC) - has oversight of the operations of the organisation. It meets regularly and establishes DPA priorities from membership feedback.


Our management team

Our management team (called the National Secretariat) mostly work remotely, although there is currently a National Office in Wellington.

The Secretariat:

- develops relationships with officials, politicians and journalists
- attends working groups to give DPA feedback
- writes submissions, papers and media releases
- works cooperatively with other organisations such as other Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs)
- provides a two way communication channel for DPA members who engage with both national staff and Kaituitui
- provides information via our social media, newsletters and website
- writes funding proposals and manages the day-to-day finances of the organisation, and
- acts as an administration hub


Our membership

As a DPA member you can expect to feel supported and have your identity respected.

You will:
  • be listened to
  • be encouraged to debate issues with others
  • get support from others who know what you are talking about
  • have your cultural identity respected
  • be able to contribute to DPA decision making, and
  • have the opportunity to use your talents and skills.

You can be a full member of DPA if you are a disabled person. That means you can vote during any DPA activity that requires it.

Families with a disabled child aged under 18 can have Family Membership. In this case one family member is able to vote on their behalf. 

Those without impairments are associate members.

Join and become a member of DPA


Our Constitution

DPA has a constitution that sets out more detail about how DPA works.

The DPA Constitution