News and media

IHC is the voice for intellectual disability in New Zealand. We regularly comment in the media on a range of topics to advocate and stand up for the rights of disabled people. We also share people’s stories through several publications, including our flagship magazine, Strong Voices.

We have a great resource for journalists with some tips on writing about disability and disabled people, including appropriate language to use.

If you have a media enquiry or want to tell your story, please email or call 027 807 7740.

Teacher investment is a start, what next?
Media release
April 19, 2023
IHC says more action is needed to adequately resource schools despite welcoming the Government’s announcement to reduce class sizes.
Update to families – Cyclone Gabrielle – 22 February
February 22, 2023
Since Cyclone Gabrielle struck the North Island more than a week ago, IDEA Services has been working around the clock to ensure the safety of the people we support, our staff and our communities.
Update to families – Cyclone Gabrielle – 16 February
February 16, 2023
I’m really pleased to report that in most places we have managed to establish that everyone in our services is safe and well.
New look for our website
February 15, 2023
You may have noticed our website has changed. We have updated the design and content and have tried to make it as accessible as possible.
Update to families – Cyclone Gabrielle – 15 February
February 15, 2023
We are continuing to keep an eye on Cyclone Gabrielle as it moves off to the east of the country. Its impact continues to be severe in many places and we are doing all that we can to keep in touch with our local staff in the worst-hit regions.
Update to families – Cyclone Gabrielle – 13 February
February 13, 2023
Cyclone Gabrielle update
High hopes but much work ahead for new Minister of Education
February 8, 2023
IHC wishes to congratulate Minister Jan Tinetti on her appointment as Minister of Education and says this is the year for disabled learners to finally get a fair go at school.
IHC Holidays Act Remediation Programme
December 7, 2022
Following a comprehensive review to ensure its payments to staff have complied with the Holidays Act 2003, IHC is now paying current and former employees any entitlements they are due.
IHC launches app to help young people manage money
Media release
December 6, 2022
Stand Tall, a new app to help people with intellectual disabilities learn how to manage money and live independently, is being launched on Thursday 8 December.
IHC welcomes announcement of new plan for disabled learners
Media release
November 17, 2022
IHC is encouraged by the government’s announcement today that it will develop a new funding and support system for disabled learners.