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11.04.24 - Our stance on the new Whaikaha purchasing rules

We have kept a close eye on the recent changes to the purchasing rules stated by Whaikaha here, while also reaching out to people and organisations within the disability sector.

After these discussions with various stakeholders, and upon reviewing the updated purchasing rules, we hold the view that Recreate NZ programmes can be purchased via Carer Support and Individualised Funding Respite.

It is our understanding that all Recreate NZ programmes fall within the four criteria as stated below:

One: It helps people live their life or makes their life better

Recreate NZ offers a wide range of adventure, recreational, social and educational programmes, giving young people personal growth opportunities in a safe and fun environment.

Two: It is a disability support

Recreate NZ programmes are specifically designed for young people with disabilities, led by age-appropriate facilitators and volunteers.

Three: It is reasonable and cost-effective

Recreate NZ programmes are reasonable and cost-effective, considering all that goes into a programme including the design a delivery of each programme.

Four: It is not subject to a limit or exclusion

Recreate NZ programmes are primarily for the benefit of the young person with the disability, while parents/carers have their respite.

With the information we currently have, and after discussions with various I.F host organisations, we encourage families to continue utilising Carer Support and Individualised Funding for programme payments. If an I.F Host needs clarification or additional information for processing a programme payment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 09 638 5364 or We are more than happy to assist if any issues arise.

We also want to encourage you to provide your feedback on how these changes have affected you. You can do so by emailing or by submitting your feedback straight to Whaikaha here

And finally, we want to thank all families within our Recreate NZ community. We thoroughly enjoy working alongside you as a support for your young person. Recreate NZ wouldn't exist if it weren't for all the fabulous young people who attend our programmes, and their amazing and supportive families!

From the team at Recreate NZ


Our staff and participants are active members of their communities and do amazing things. We love to support them and sing their praises so whenever they make the newspaper, television or any other media we share it here.

Wilderness Magazine October 2013
Russell Photography and Art Exhibition Western Leader article June 2013
brent kili north shore times august 2013
Southern View - Seeking Summits Sea Kayaking Expedition April 2014
Seeking Summits Queenstown Bungy July 2014
Amy and Sarah Mauer New Zealand Herald August 2014
Seeking Summits - Wilderness Magazine October 2015
Waiheke Eco-zip 2015 - Paul
Hayley Jade Fausett - Western Leader May 2015
Katie Nash - Central Leader April 2015 high quality
Re-Imagine Exhibition - Central Leader May 2015 Correct Names
Waiheke Eco-zip 2015
5 Volcanoes 5 Days North Shore Times Feb 2014
William Hales Weekend Sun July 2018
5 Volcanoes 5 Days Wilderness Mag 2014 crop
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