Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People funded equipment
If you have a disability, you can get equipment to help you with your daily activities. Enable New Zealand specialises in equipment to help disabled people and older people in their everyday lives.
Find out if you can apply for disability equipment funded by the government. Or you may prefer to buy or hire it through our EASIE Living Centre. The government doesn’t usually pay for equipment that costs less than $50.
Applying for equipment
We provide government-funded equipment to people with a long-term disability. This includes physical, intellectual, sensory (hearing or vision) or age-related disabilities. Long-term means lasting at least six months.
Our equipment service is for eligible disabled people in these areas:
- North Island: all areas south of Meremere (Bombay Hills)
- South Island, Stewart Island, Chatham Islands.
The equipment belongs to Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People. We lend it out, free of charge, for as long as the person needs it.
To apply for equipment, you’ll need to contact an Equipment and Modification Services (EMS) assessor. The assessor will send your request to us, if you meet the Ministry’s funding criteria for equipment.
Please visit the Ministry of Health website to find out:
- who can get funding for equipment
- types of equipment we provide
- how to get an assessment for the equipment you need.
You’re welcome to contact us for more information. Or for help finding an equipment assessor.
Buy or hire daily living aids and equipment
If you’re not eligible for government-funded equipment, or you’d prefer to buy your own equipment, we can help.
Contact or visit our EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre in Palmerston North. You’ll find a great selection of daily living aids, devices and equipment. Our staff can help you find what you need, wherever you live in New Zealand.
The centre also hires out walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters at reasonable daily and weekly rates.