Enabling Good Lives Christchurch

Enabling Good Lives is a principle based approach to assist disabled people to build the lives they want.


Enabling Good Lives aims to transform the disability support sector, ensuring disabled persons and their families have more choice and control about the lives they lead, and the resources that are available to them.

Enabling Good Lives Vision

In the future, disabled children and adults and their families will have greater choice and control over their supports and lives, and make more use of natural and universally available supports.

Disabled people and their families, as appropriate, will be able to say: 

  • I have access to a range of support that helps me live the life I want and to be a contributing member of my community. 
  • I have real choices about the kind of support I receive, and where and how I receive it.  
  • I can make a plan based on my strengths and interests. 
  • I am in control of planning my support, and I have help to make informed choices if I need and want it. 
  • I know the amount of money available to me for my support needs, and I can decide how it is used; whether I manage it, or an agency manages it under my instructions, or a provider is paid to deliver a service to me. 
  • The level of support available to me is portable, following me wherever I move in the country. 
  • My support is co-ordinated and works well together. I do not have to under go multiple assessments and funding applications to patch support together. 
  • My family, whānau, and friends are recognised and valued for their support. 
  • I have a network of people who support me; family, whānau, friends, community and, if needed, paid support staff. 
  • I feel welcomed and included in my local community most of the time, and I can get help to develop good relationships in the community if needed.

Enabling Good Lives Principles


Disabled people are in control of their lives.

Beginning early

Invest early in families and whānau to support them; to be aspirational for their disabled child; to build community and natural supports; and to support disabled children to become independent, rather than waiting for a crisis before support is available.


Disabled people have supports that are tailored to their individual needs and goals, and that take a whole life approach rather than being split across programmes.

Ordinary life outcomes

Disabled people are supported to live an everyday life in everyday places; and are regarded as citizens with opportunities for learning, employment, having a home and family, and social participation - like others at similar stages of life.

Mainstream first

Disabled people are supported to access mainstream services before specialist disability services.

Mana enhancing

The abilities and contributions of disabled people and their families are recognised and respected.

Easy to use

Disabled people have supports that are simple to use and flexible.

Relationship building

Supports build and strengthen relationships between disabled people, their whānau and community.


In Christchurch the Enabling Good Lives approach is open to ORS* funded high school students.

Young people and their families work alongside an Enabling Good Lives Connector / Kaitūhono to dream big, make a plan for the future and connect with their local community. The young person and whānau also have access to an EGL personal budget which combines all of the disability support funding into one resource which can be used flexibly to achieve their goals and live their good life.

*ORS refers to ongoing resource scheme administered through the Ministry of Education.

Get started

If you think you or a family member or friend could be eligible, contact one of the Enabling Good Lives team members to find out how they can help you plan for a good life.


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