Pathfinder Service

Facilitation for Pathfinders is a short term service that helps people find the pathways to their good life.

What is it?

As well as providing disability information some of our Centres can provide facilitation for people wishing to find meaningful connections in their community and to make choices about the activities and supports they want to engage with, to find their own pathways to a good life.

Pathfinder is a short term service where the people (the Pathfinders) can receive up to ten hours of service with a Facilitator. Initially the Pathfinder will define their goals and a work on a plan of how they want to achieve them. The Facilitator will provide information, advice and introductions to supports and resources in the local community that can assist the Pathfinder.

Who is it for?

The service is for Pathfinders - they are disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Maori, Pasifika disabled and family, whanau, aiga who wish to understand their local natural, universal, mainstream and funded support options and activities, and would benefit from a supported decision-making approach.

The Facilitators in each Pathfinder service Centre use the principles of Enabling Good Lives when working with Pathfinders. This ensures that the Pathfinder leads the journey with good information and assistance to be able to make choices that are right for them.

How do I access it?

If you believe the Pathfinder service could be right for you and would like to know more you are welcome to contact us or talk with your NASC and ask for a referral.

Email the National Coordinator or send a message through our Contact Us page.

Our Pathfinder Centres are:

Yes Disability Resource Centre, North Auckland

Disability Connect, Auckland

Taranaki Disability Information Centre, New Plymouth

Disability Resource Centre Hawkes Bay, Hastings

Aspire Canterbury, Christchurch

Livingwell Disability Resource Centre, Dunedin

WestREAP Disability Resource Service, West Coast


If you feel you need longer term assistance please contact your local Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) service:


If you need information on what supports are available in your local community contact your local Disability Information Centre.