Access and Inclusion - swimming lessons for kids of all abilities at Panmure YMCA
Swimming lessons: 5 and under, Parent and Child Learn to Swim and Water Safety lessons during term time. Click here for more information.
Achilles International New Zealand
Achilles is a worldwide organisation which gives people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in mainstream events like Round the Bays, giving the opportunity to participate with able-bodied athletes.
Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy
Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy is internationally recognised for its work using horses to assist young people with a range of health and behaviour difficulties.
Established in Auckland in 1983 as a riding centre for people with disabilities, the Centre offers a range of services that include a secondary school, a vocational training programme and therapy rides.
Daytime TaeKwon Do classes
I'm happy to confirm that there is enough interest to start day classes (Mondays and Fridays) at our Inclusive TaeKwon Do club. Day classes will begin 11.00 am,  Friday 1st May, Monday classes will also be at 11.00 am.
You don't have to come on both days, but you are free to attend both. There are also afternoon sessions on Thursdays at 4.00 pm if you are interested. 

These classes are run in terms. They will be on the same weeks as school terms, with holidays on the same dates as school holidays.

Classes are held at the Takanini Community Church at 160 Great South Road in Takanini. There is a Facebook page already set up called “Inclusive Taekwon-Do, Takanini”, which you are welcome to join and have a look through.

To send messages of interest or to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Robyn) directly. I can be reached by private message on Facebook,, by email –, or by phone 0211020066.
Disabled Snowsports Auckland
The Auckland branch of Disabled Snowsports in New Zealand are committed to providing equipment, trips and assistance to friends and family of disabled skiers and boarders. We've previously run trips to Whakapapa for members and run training sessions for those interested in becoming helpers.
Headway Equestrian - Silverdale, Auckland
Headway Equestrian believe that children of all abilities can discover the joy of contact with horses and horse riding. They provide an encouraging and stimulating environment where children can engage in activities that are specifically designed to improve balance and co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills, concentration, listening and communication skills.

They have found that children develop a strong bond with their horse, gain self-confidence and become more positive and outgoing. Caregivers have commented many times that Headway Equestrian is their child’s happy place.
All activities take place outside where the children can hear, feel and appreciate the movements and sounds of nature. They incorporate Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding into the sessions. The movement pattern of the horse provides a rhythmic and repetitive action that influences the rider who responds to these actions enhancing their physical strength and cognitive capabilities.

Therapeutic Riding spaces are available for children with mild disabilities during Terms 3 and 4.

For more information visit their website or Facebook page»

Martial Arts and Fitness Classes
Self defence and fitness training classes for children and adults with special needs, in Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, every Monday from 6 to 7 pm. These classes are fully structured yet flexible thus catering to a full spectrum of abilities, both intellectual and physical. The classes involve primarily Brazilian Jujitsu techniques (without the kimono/gi), mixed with boxing for fitness (no sparring until a student is fully ready), and multiple fitness exercises within a group context. I provide a fun and challenging environment which reflects the traditional values of Brazilian Jujitsu. This art empowers the student and provides many intrinsic benefits which last a lifetime.

Things to bring to class: Comfortable clothing, sweat towel, water bottle. Class times: Monday 6.00-7.00pm @ Blockhouse Bay Community Centre. Costs: $5 per class. Contact Nathan Wright, on mobile 021-1606157 or to register your interest.
MA Rugby: Mixed Ability Rugby
Coming from overseas and ready for an introduction in New Zealand; Mixed Ability Rugby involves players, coaches and volunteers both with and without disabilities in the same team, generating social inclusion and improving health, confidence and social skills. The team is a mix of people with disabilities, former players and players who are new to the game. It works by having experienced players on the team who act as ‘facilitators’ for disabled players and those that are new to the game.
Flyer (PDF)»
New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association Inc.
Riding for the Disabled provides therapeutic interaction with horses in order to develop increased ability and self esteem for children and adults with physical and intellectual difficulties. NZRDA is an association of 56 Member Groups. Groups offer varying services according to the needs of their riders. The three general fields covered by RDA in New Zealand are therapy and rehabilitation, education, behaviour modification and Social Contact. Some Groups also incorporate Driving for the Disabled into their programme. Visit
Play Gym Discovery Classes - Franklin Gymsports
Bev Eastman, the Playgym/Discovery Coordinator at Franklin Gymsports in Pukekohe has recently started discovery gymnastics for disabled people of all ages at Franklin Gym sports in Pukekohe, using the 7 fundamental movements through play and the gymnastics equipment. Bev is wanting to build these classes and build awareness that this service is available within the Franklin and wider community.

There are 3 classes:
  • Monday 3.15pm - 4.00pm (primary school to teens)
  • Wednesday 10.00am - 10.45 am (Mums & bubs group)
  • Thursday 12.30 - 1.30 pm (teenage to adult)
  • Saturday 9.00am - 9.45am (all welcome)
Public casual classes are Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00am - 10.45 and Wednesday and Thursday 11.00am - 11.45 Parent led ages 18months - 5 years. Disabled children welcome.

Contact:, gym club (ph 092388290) or Bev mobile (ph 0272462223)
Sailability Auckland
Since 1991 Sailability Auckland has been providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn to sail, or just to experience being in control of a sailing boat. Their sailing programmes are suitable for almost anyone regardless of the level of their disability or sailing skills. The yachts used have many safety features including weighted centre boards / keels ensuring the boats are virtually impossible to capsize.
Special Olympics New Zealand
Special Olympics New Zealand offers a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 6,000 athletes train and compete in 13 different Olympic-type summer and winter sports throughout New Zealand. Each year, Special Olympics New Zealand runs more than 200 events in over 40 towns and cities around the country. These events are supported by over 2500 volunteers and are facilitated through a network of Regional Sports Coordinators. Visit
 Velca Fun Fit
"Velca Fun Fit is an exciting weekly 2 hour class designed for people with disabilities, to improve health and well-being while having fun and making new friends. If you love music you will love Velca Fun Fit! Our wonderful trainers ensure that the class is tailored to all abilities and that people are supported to achieve and have fun. If anyone is interested in a one hour class, please contact me to discuss options.

Pakuranga Class (held every Tuesday)
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Venue: Anchorage Park Community Centre, 16 Swan Crescent, Pakuranga
Cost: 1 Carer Support day for 5 classes, or $15 per class
Bookings: Spaces are limited so please book with Louise on 027 429 4131 or
Howick Class (held every Friday)
Date: Every Friday
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Venue: 9/10 Wellington Street, Howick, map is located here:
Our group fitness centre is located a few doors down from our massage and chiropractic clinic which is at 3/10 Wellington Street.
Cost: 1 Carer Support day for 5 classes, or $15 per class
Bookings: Spaces are limited so please book with Louise on 027 429 4131 or
For more information about Velca Fun Fit in your area, or to discuss how to sign up, please contact Louise on:
027 429 4131 (call or text) or at We look forward to seeing you at a class soon!"

Click here for the Velca Fun Fit flyer and here for the registration form.
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Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Level 3, 45 Mt Wellington Highway
Mount Wellington