Disability Sport and Active Recreation 

Opportunities for all to participate & compete

Our Role

Sport Northland works with our System partners to ensure play, active recreation and sport opportunities are made available for everyone in the community across the Northland region. 

We have established the Northland sport and active recreation disability providers forum for providers and organisations to come together to share, network, collaborate and support one another in enhancing sport and active recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within the Northland region. The forum occurs quarterly, so if you would like to be involved in this forum going forward, please contact Janine Moy, System Lead at Sport Northland.

Resources & Information 

Sport New Zealand provides information and resources on inclusive sport and recreation to help people and organisations adapt their clubs, programmes and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Janine Moy, System Lead

Email: janinem@sportnorth.co.nz

Ph: 0274 303 085

Organisations Providing Opportunities in the Northland Region

Ph: 027 705 9520

Email: admin@parafednorthland.co.nz

Parafed Northland exists so that Northlanders living with a disability can experience quality equitable opportunities in sport, active recreation and play for fun, good health and competition. Additionally, the organisation aims to raise awareness about disability sports and inclusive activities within the community. 

Parafed Northland has several opportunities throughout the year with weekly opportunities in Whangarei and Kaitaia. Parafed Northland also supports Northlanders in other opportunities in how they would like to be active, whether is it joining a gym, a dance group or other sport, recreation and play opportunities. Parafed Northland also supports organisations in their journey to be more inclusive for all.  

Sailability Northland Trust

Sailability provides opportunities for physically disabled young people & adults to learn to sail or just experience being on a sailing boat. 

Riding for the Disabled, Northland Clubs

The core purpose of NZRDA is to provide interaction with horses to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people experiencing disability, or who have specific challenges or needs. 

Athletics Whangarei

Adaptive and inclusive Run Jump Throw opportunities. 

Special Olympics Clubs in the Northland Region

​​​​​​​Special Olympics Whangarei

Contact: Martin Byrne

Phone: 021 118 2422


Special Olympics Bay of Islands


National Organisations Providing Support in Northland 

Blind Low Vision NZ  

Blind Low Vision NZ provides support and services to people of all ages across Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Blind Sport NZ  

Supports individuals with a vision impairment across Aotearoa to get active. 

Boccia NZ 

Boccia New Zealand promotes and supports the sport of boccia amongst all people with a physical disability throughout New Zealand. 

Halberg Foundation

The Halberg Foundation aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation. 

Paralympics NZ

Paralympics New Zealand supports and encourages opportunities for disabled people to participate in sports, from regional, national and international levels. Sports are offered through a network of Regional Parafed Associations, National disabled & able-bodied Sports Organisations, clubs, coaches and individuals. 

Special Olympics NZ  

Special Olympics New Zealand offers a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Contact Jonathan Ramsay, Regional Sports Coordinator Upper North, for school and club support for people with intellectual impairments.  

Phone: +64 27 505 4673

Email: unnrsc@specialolympics.org.nz