IHC Associations play a big role in supporting IHC and people with intellectual disabilities in their community.

Join an Association

IHC has more than 20 Associations across New Zealand. If you are interested in local IHC activities, events and governance then get involved with your local IHC Association.

Associations provide an opportunity for members to contribute to IHC’s work in communities on a voluntary basis. Associations undertake a range of activities all directed at enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. They are an important link between IHC and the broader community.

What Associations do

The activity of an Association may include:

  • advocating for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in their area
  • developing family networks
  • undertaking local fundraising events and deciding how to spend the proceeds
  • raising community awareness of IHC
  • monitoring service quality
  • promoting and supporting the activities of people with intellectual disabilities
  • encouraging people to become a member of IHC and to participate in our activities.

Every Association is different and has its own set of priorities. Involvement is varied and you have the opportunity to influence and be part of local priorities and issues.

Our current Associations

  • Whangarei
  • North Harbour Auckland
  • Cornwall – South East Auckland
  • Tauranga
  • Eastern Bay of Plenty
  • North Taranaki
  • Waikato South
  • Rotorua
  • Lakeland (Taupo)
  • Whanganui
  • Rangitikei
  • Dannevirke
  • Horowhenua
  • Mana - Kapiti
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • North Canterbury
  • Ashburton
  • South Canterbury
  • North Otago
  • Gore
  • Otago
  • Balclutha
  • Southland

How to join your local Association

Become a member of IHC to be part of an IHC Association. When you become a member of IHC you can choose whether you want to be involved with your local Association or not. You can also choose to be connected to an Association other than your local Association.

Become a member

Find out more

If you'd like to find out more information about Associations you can call us toll free on 0800 442 442 and ask to speak to our Member and Relationship Manager, or email us at

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