Welcome to Inclusive NZ (formerly the New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services - VASS)

We are a federation of community organisations that support disabled people by helping them identify and fulfil their personal goals and aspirations, find work and participate in their communities

Our goal is to ensure disabled people are working, participating and fulfilling their aspirations in inclusive communities.

We provide the following services for our members to help them achieve this:

  • Provide opportunities for peer support through meetings, seminars and a peer mentoring programme
  • Provide members with a joint voice to Government and fund holders
  • Provide members with information through our popular e-newsletter, as well as providing information about government policy, current research and issues 

NZ VASS changes its name to Inclusive NZ

It's official NZ VASS can now be known by its new name Inclusive NZ following confirmation from Charities Services.

Over the next wee while we will be working hard to incorporate our new name and logo into all our communications, so please bear with us as we move through this transition phase.

We look forward to unveiling our new logo in the near future, so watch this space!

Our Place: An Invitation to Contribute

Do you have an inspiring story you would like to share about creating inclusive communities?

Well we would love to hear from you!

Our Place – a joint conference hosted by Inclusive NZ, Inspiring Communities and Be.Institute - will explore the possibilities of what can happen when we step outside of our ‘sectors’ and think about building accessible, inclusive communities together.

The conference will be held at Te Papa, Wellington from 29 June – 1 July 2015.

The Conference Committee is now inviting organisations and individuals, sector-wide, to share their experiences and/or ideas on creating inclusive communities during the Conference.

To find out more about the kind of stories we are looking for and how to share your story or idea please click HERE.

Please note presentation ideas must be submitted by Friday 20 March 2015.

Please email presentation ideas to: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

Our Place: An Invitation

A conference about creating accessible, inclusive communities together

Date: 29 June – 1 July 2015

Venue: Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

A joint conference hosted by Inclusive NZ, Inspiring Communities and Be.Institute

2015 is a conference year for Inclusive NZ and we are really pleased to be partnering with Inspiring Communities and Be.Institute.  The partnership will enable us to explore the possibilities of what can happen when we step outside of our ‘sector’ and think about building accessible, inclusive communities together.

More details coming soon, so watch this space.

Inclusive NZ March Forum 2015 - Registrations open

Registrations are now open for our next forum - Preparing for Change, which is happening on the 24 - 25 of March at CQ Hotel, Cuba Street, Wellington.

To download a registration form please click HERE and once completed please email it to: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING by March 10.

To download a forum programme please click HERE, but the general themes for the Forum will be:

  • How we can organise ourselves to be responsive in an uncertain environment.
  • What do organisations need to know?
  • How can we adapt to the emerging future?

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Need a Capability Mentor?  Visit

One Fish Solutions (which was launched by Inclusive NZ) is now a Ministry of Social Development approved Capability Mentor.  If you have received funding from the Capability Investment Resource we can assist you with your Capability Self-Assessment, developing a Capability Plan based on your assessment and implementation of your plan in the following areas:

  • Strategic Governance
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Operational Management
  • Workforce Development
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Organisational Responsiveness
  • People Living with Disability

To find out more go to

News & Views

Our People

Cliff's story

When Cliff Chase starts to talk about his job at The Warehouse in Hamilton, it doesn’t take long to see that it is hard for him to curb his enthusiasm.


Our Members

Vision Employment Support Services - taking a holistic approach

When Michael O’Loughlin moved back to New Zealand from Australia following the death of his partner back in 2001, naturally he was feeling a bit down and out.

Despite this he was determined get his life back on track, with one of his main priorities being to return to the workforce.


Our Community

Pou Whakaaro - Collaboration with design school creates new community hub

Creating a multi-purpose Community Hub in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is one step closer thanks to a design collaboration between Pou Whakaaro and the Unitec School of Architecture.

Through the collaboration a detailed plan of the project has been designed and released with three potential sites being put forth in the proposal.


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