The NZ Down Syndrome Association is a family/whānau driven organization.


People with Down syndrome are valued and equal members of their community, fulfilling their goals.


To work alongside families, whānau and carers to support and empower people with Down syndrome to realise their potential and aspirations through all life stages and within all communities.


Accept, understand, connect.

Primary aims:

  • To inform and support families/whānau
  • To promote and advocate for positive attitudes
  • To promote the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  • To review policies and lobby government, and other agencies

The NZDSA offers:

  • new parent support - through trained support parents
  • national coordinator
  • regional groups - activities throughout thirteen centres in New Zealand including coffee mornings, family events, guest speakers and individual support and advocacy
  • newsletter - a quarterly update of news, information and stories, sent to all members
  • information packs - for schools, professionals, family and friends
  • website www.nzdsa.org.nz
  • freephone number 0800 NZDSAI - so parents and professionals can easily be linked to support parents or a central information number


Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke

How do I access this service?

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Services Provided

Information & support
Disability support services


Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Central Auckland, Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, East Auckland, Hawke's Bay, Hutt, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson Marlborough, North Auckland, Northland, South Auckland, South Canterbury, Southland, Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wellington, West Auckland, West Coast, Whanganui

Contact Details

Phone: 0800 693 724 and press 3 for your closest group.  To connect to your regional group you must dial the 0800 number from a landline.

This page was last updated at 2:00PM on December 10, 2022.