Transition providers are contracted by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to facilitate a smooth progression from school to community life for a young person with a disability who is Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funded. In their final year at school, transition coordinators help the student with a disability, their family and education professionals from the school decide upon an appropriate community placement for post-school life. This is an important decision for any young person and requires planning and knowledge. Typically Transition Services provide information and support around:

  • further adult education
  • work experiences
  • community experiences
  • movement into or towards paid employment
  • living and accommodation arrangements
  • community participation and involvement (including recreational and leisure needs)
  • acquisition of daily living skills needed for living within the community, and
  • skills that will assist with achieving employment goals.

Disability Connect

Disability Connect organise Transition seminars (free for parents) during the year and an annual Transition Expo which features most Auckland Transition and Vocational Programme Providers as well as an array of leisure, recreation, sports and information providers. Information about the seminars are put in ADSA’s weekly enews, or you could call Disability Connect on 636 0351 and ask to be put on their mailing list.

Below are the transition providers in Auckland with their phone numbers and email addresses. (This list was correct 5 April 2018)

CCS Disability Action* – provides services all over Auckland

Michael Schneider – – 09 625 9378
Website (for brochures)»

Geneva Elevator Limited, provides services all over Auckland

Barbara Mercer – – 0508 353 828

Raewyn Galloway – – 0508 353 828

They also have a Supported Employment Team that help with placements and support in employment.
Description of services (PDF)»

Hohepa Auckland. Services provided all over Auckland

Sarah Hoskings – – 09 – 555 5050

Please follow the link below to see what Hohepa has to offer regarding transition services.

Idea Services – transition services

Idea Services – transition services – all over Auckland – phone 0800 442, 09-5298777.

West Auckland, contact June Webby,, 09-5298758.

South-East Auckland, contact Gordon DeSouza,, ph 09-5298790 or Murtle Diamond,, 09-5298790.

Transition brochure (PDF)»

Real World Living Limited

Provide services all over Auckland (no website yet)

Marian Galvin is one of Auckland’s original Transition Co-ordinators, email or phone 09 299 5304.
read more (PDF)»

Spectrum Care Trust – provides services all over Auckland

David Setiawan – – 09 – 634 3790

See their website or this brochure (PDF) for more information on transition and their supported employment service.

Mainstream Employment Programme

The Mainstream Employment Programme provides a package of subsidies, training, and support to help people with significant disabilities to gain sustainable employment.

The programme provides:

  • A 100% salary subsidy for the first half of an agreed term of up to 2 years, and an 80% salary subsidy for the second half
  • Funding for agreed external training, specialised equipment or other assistance for the participant
  • Ongoing support for participants and their supervisors.


Poly Emp Employment and Advisory Service

Self referrals accepted not needed to have done their courses.

They are based at Manukau Institute of Technology and UNITEC. They help the students that have completed the 2-year Work and Community Skills courses at the above tertiary institutes find paid employment.
For more information, visit the Poly-Emp website»


Workbridge is a specialist employment service that gives employers access to a wide talent pool of people with a disability, injury or illness.
For more information, visit the Workbridge website»