Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordination is a community-based approach to working with disabled people.

Our independent Local Area Coordinators (LACs) can work alongside you and your whānau to help you take practical steps towards the life you imagine.

What do LACs do?

We offer Local Area Coordination in the following areas of Southland: Winton, Otautau, Edendale, Riverton, Invercargill and Bluff. Local Area Coordination in the following areas of Central Otago: Lake Hawea, Wanaka, Luggate, Pisa Moorings, Cromwell, Earnscleugh, Alexandra

LACs encourage you to dream big and make plans for a good life. They can then connect you with people and opportunities in your local community to help you achieve your goals.

Our LACs can work with you to:

  • identify what a good life is for you
  • develop a plan to achieve the life you imagine
  • find natural (unpaid) supports within your community, hapū and marae
  • learn about opportunities near your home
  • build connections with local people and places.

Inclusive communities

LACs also encourage and support local communities to be inclusive and welcoming to all. They work closely with local people, businesses, organisations and marae.

Who can work with an LAC?

AccessAbility offers Local Area Coordination to people from birth to 65 years of age in parts of Otago and Southland. View our map to see if Local Area Coordination is available in your hometown through AccessAbility.

Anyone can ask an LAC for free information and advice. To work with an LAC long-term, you must be eligible for support through AccessAbility.

Find out more about who is eligible

LAC in other areas of New Zealand

Local Area Coordination is also available in the Bay of Plenty, Lakes District and the Hutt Valley through other organisations.

Visit LAC Bay of Plenty and Lakes District website

Visit LAC Hutt Valley website

Work at your pace

You can choose the level of involvement you have with an LAC and you can work at your own pace. You might just want information, you might want to work towards long term goals – or you could be wanting something in between. LACs are flexible.

How do I get started?

Option one

Contact the Local Area Coordinator for your area.

Name and Title Phone Email
Harriet Toa
LAC for Dunedin
03 929 1433
027 500 2281

Option two

Contact our Otago and Southland office and ask about Local Area Coordination.

Phone: 0800 758 700
Email: otago@accessability.org.nz

Level 1, Burns House
10 George Street

Option three

Talk to us during your next Needs Assessment and ask to be referred to an LAC.

Meet the LACs

Harriet Toa

“I believe this is where I am meant to be. This role is perfect for me – it is all about people and achieving dreams. I couldn’t wish for anything better!”

Read more about Harriet

People’s stories

Jack’s storyJack on his hand-cranked bike

Working with his Local Area Coordinator, Jack has come up with some big ideas for his future. His ultimate dream is to work in the sports industry. At the moment he’s focused on cycling, his micro-business and his radio show.

Read Jack’s story


Learn about the principles Local Area Coordination is based on and how the approach was started in New Zealand.

Read background information