Respite changes coming this month

3 July 2017


Two lower North Island respite bases will now be managed by NZCare Disability, under new plans announced by IDEA Services.


The centres, in Manawatu and Wairarapa, will change hands on 24 July 2017.

“Our aim has always been to ensure quality, uninterrupted support for families as we leave this service, and we feel that this new arrangement honours our promise,” says IDEA Services Chief Operating Officer Janine Stewart.

15 families use the respite centre in Wairarapa and 11 families have been using the Manawatu base.


Also in July, Spectrum Care will begin as the new provider of respite centres in Porirua and Upper Hutt.

IDEA Services is in ongoing discussions with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board about the area’s respite centre, Trolove House, to ensure continued support for families who use it.

A Shared Care service is set to be managed by CCS Disability Action from 14 July and Home Support will transfer to NZCare Disability in mid-August.

We are talking to families, individuals and providers on a case by case basis as we seek to move out of Foster Care.

We are also working closely with the Ministry of Health as it considers the next steps for Contract Board.

The changes come after IDEA announced in March it was seeking to move out of a number of services where others were better placed to provide them.