The Personal Advocacy Trust is an independent charitable trust established in 1967. The Trust’s mission is to support, advocate and encourage the independence of our members who have intellectual disabilities.  We provide an opportunity for parents to invest in peace of mind for the future.

How it works

The Personal Advocacy Trust offers two service streams:

  1. Lifelong Advocacy for enrolled members
  2. Fee-for-Service Advocacy

Lifelong Advocacy - Trust Membership

The Personal Advocacy Trust was set up to watch over the welfare and rights of people with intellectual disabilities after their parents die. It does this by appointing an advocate who will:

  • Visit the person and their support people regularly to keep an eye on the support received and that it is appropriate. 
  • Ensure the person’s individual rights are being respected.
  • Help the person to advocate for themselves, and where necessary advocate for them.

Families join the Trust by paying an enrolment fee on behalf of their son or daughter.  That person then becomes a member and the Trust keeps in regular touch with them and their family from then on. Lifelong advocacy plays both a preventative and responsive role to crisis in the member's life.

We also can administer Discretionary Trusts for our members.

Fee-for-Service Advocacy

Whilst lifelong advocacy is the ideal, we understand that this model is not accessible or necessary for all New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities or developmental disorders.

To meet the need for independent, short term, crisis responsive and customised advocacy, The Personal Advocacy Trust also provides advocacy support contracted on an hourly basis. This service may be accessed by the individual themselves, parents, whanau, service providers, or any other support person.

Service Areas




Contact Details

Postal Address

PO Box 25118
Featherston Street
Wellington 6146

This page was last updated at 2:48PM on November 28, 2018.