Who We Are

Established in 1982, St Chads supports people with disabilities to both gain greater independence and learn and maintain valuable life skills. We also place a priority on improving health and well-being and interacting meaningfully with the community. Additionally, we seek to break down the barriers to social inclusion and change the misconceptions people have about disabilities.

St Chads is all about improving outcomes for our tāngata whaikaha/clients. We believe that the success of one person or group also benefits the whole community, making Rotorua a better place to live, play and work.

Our approach is consistent with the New Zealand Disability Strategy which ‘recognises the equal right of all people with disabilities to live in the community with choices equal to any other’. St Chads likewise follows the Enabling Good Lives framework.

We currently serve almost 70 tāngata whaikaha. St Chads employs 18 people who work around 9 FTE (full time equivalent) hours each week. Our volunteer team provides another 1.5 FTE hours each week.

Follow these links to find about more about our supports, our ACC Tailored Supports and Facilitated Pathway Map, or our employment supports.


St Chads is a Registered Charitable Trust led by General Manager, Kathryn Curran, and governed by a Board of Trustees who meet monthly. The Chairperson of the Board is Tess Thorne, and our Deputy Chair is Roger Loveless. Our Trustees are Ann-Elise Miles, Elaine Fox, Vivien Fisk and Sharron Black.

You can download or view a copy of St Chads’ Strategic Plan Outcomes and Sustainability 2021 here.

If you have more questions or would like to speak to Kathryn, phone 07 347 8515 or contact us on the form below. We also have copies available of our latest Annual Report.

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    07 347 8515


    2 Devon Street Rotorua, Rotorua, 3010
    New Zealand