Become a member

IHC members are very important to IHC. We want the support of all New Zealanders to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

IHC’s mission is to advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.

Who can become a member of IHC?

Anyone who supports IHC’s philosophy and policies can become a member of IHC.

What does it cost?

Annual membership is $5 per individual member and a three-year membership is $15 per individual member.

Individual memberships are the only membership we offer, we don’t offer joint or family memberships.

You can join to be an IHC member at any time of the year but please note our membership year is 1 July to 30 June.

What your membership means to IHC

Through your membership IHC can:

  • Involve people with intellectual disabilities, their families and every New Zealander who is interested in how we run our organisation and what we do.
  • Provide services and support for people with intellectual disabilities and their families that government doesn’t provide.
  • Stand up for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities: when we make submissions to government, speak to the media and when you tell others about what we do.

Benefits of IHC Membership

As a member you can:

  • Attend and vote at the IHC Annual General Meeting
  • Receive our quarterly magazine, Strong Voices – IHC’s magazine (stories, news and views)
  • Be a supporter of our advocacy campaigns and submissions
  • Be invited to be part of IHC Forums and local events
  • Be invited to contribute to local fundraising events
  • Have the opportunity to be part of your local IHC Association.

If you would like to become an IHC member you can join below or call us toll free on 0800 442 442 and ask to speak to our Member and Relationship Manager, or email:

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Member Council

Members voted at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in September 2015 to establish a Member Council.  The Council has broad mandate to engage with members, families and people with intellectual disabilities.  It acts as a conduit of information between members and the IHC Board and promotes and supports the work of IHC Associations.

Find out more

Join the Member Council

We have two openings on the Member Council and are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from IHC members. Find out more information and how to submit an Expression of Interest form by clicking this link.

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