Our people at a regional level

DPA members are scattered throughout the country. Many are affiliated to regional groups called regional assemblies. They include disabled people and others such as family, other disabled people's organisations and disability service providers.

To support regional assemblies a group of disabled people called  Kaituitui (or weavers who stitch together many threads of knowledge in their community) work throughout the country.

Kaituitui are also the link between regional DPA members and the national governance and management arms of DPA. Kaituitui ensure there is a meaningful flow of communication between the two groups so policies can be formulated and initiatives launched.

They also liaise with local authorities to represent the interests and aspirations of local DPA members.

If you want to contact a Kaituitui call us on (04) 801 9100 or email info@dpa.org.nz and we will give you their details.

Our Kaituitui work around the country


Claudia Christensen

Auckland / Women's Focus

I grew up in a small town called Cambridge but recently in the past 2 years I have been residing in Auckland's beautiful Northshore. I am a Massey University student doing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and hopefully will be a graduate by the end of 2021.

I have a background knowledge in research, disability, health, leadership and social psychology.
Read Claudia Christensen's bio

Chris Ford


I have been involved with DPA for 22 years. My passion is to see a more just community where all disabled people can participate and feel included.

As part of his Kaituitui role Chris is a member of the Dunedin City Council’s Disability Issues Advisory Group (DIAG).

Read Chris Ford's bio

Joy Ho



Since I cannot drive and rely on buses to travel around independently, I initiated a petition calling for free bus fares for people with disabilities in the Waikato Region. The petition gained over 2500 signatures and led to the council introducing free buses for disabled people in July 2019.


The petition led me to visit many disability service organisations to obtain their support. It is this self-inflicted project that has further influenced my passion to work in the disability sector.


Joy graduated with an accounting degree from Waikato University in 2015 and has since worked bookkeeping roles.
Read Joy Ho's bio

Ingrid Robertson


Peter Knighton


If you want to contact a Kaituitui call us on (04) 801 9100 or email info@dpa.org.nz and we will give you their details.