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Disability Survey: 2013 - New Zealand Department of Statistics

Key Facts

  • In 2013, 24 percent of the New Zealand population were identified as disabled, a total of 1.1 million people.
  • The increase from the 2001 rate (20 percent) is partly explained by our ageing population.
  • People aged 65 or over were much more likely to be disabled (59 percent) than adults under 65 years (21 percent) or children under 15 years (11 percent)
  • Maori and Pacific people had higher-than-average disability rates, after adjusting for differences in ethnic population age profiles.
  • For adults, physical limitation was the most common type of impairment.  Eighteen percent of people aged 15 or over, 64 percent of disabled adults, were physically impaired.
  • For children, learning difficulty was the most common impairment type,  Six percent of children, 52 percent of disabled children, had difficulty learning.
  • Just over half of all disabled people (53 percent) had more than one type of impairment.
  • The most common cause of disability for adults was disease or illness (42 percent).  For children, the most common cause was a condition that existed at birth (49 percent)
  • The Auckland regional disability rates, at 19 percent, was lower than the national average.  Bay of Plenty and Manawatu-Wanganui (both 27 percent), and Taranaki (30 percent) experienced above-average disability rates.

How do we meet this need?

According to the Statistics New Zealand nearly a quarter of all New Zealanders live with some form of impairment. Our dogs are  primarily partnered with people with long term physical disabilities.  They also assist people in long term residential care, schools, physical therapy environments, prisons, and rest homes.   We provide dogs for a variety of conditions such as, but not exclusive to:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Injury as the result of an accident
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke

Our dogs predominantly provide assistance to people in wheelchairs, however we also provide dogs for people who require assistance with balance,  bracing support, or loss of function.


Mission Statement

To enhance the lives of people living with physical disabilities, increasing independence, confidence, self esteem and participation in New Zealand communities.

Mobility Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work. We expect all of our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment. 


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