CBM New Zealand is based in Albany, a suburb on the North Shore of Auckland. CBM New Zealand was established in 1991 and operated as a branch of CBM Australia until 1998. As of February 1999, CBM New Zealand became a CBM Member Association.
As a CBM Member Association, we focus on generating revenue, maintaining financial health, rebalancing the programme portfolio and collaborating with members of the CBM Federation as well as disability inclusive partners and other New Zealand non-government-organisations. In order to constantly generate support for CBM’s work, we engage with the public through our Miracles Day and via inserts in national magazines and online advertising. Adressing the New Zealand disability sector through advocacy and print media has enabled the organisation to reach a potential new audience. Our supporters, including New Zealand’s Government Aid Programme, enable us to carry out projects in 12 countries. Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Burundi, Uganda, Tonga and Ethiopia.
We have successfully created change with our projects. For instance, a project in India partnering with Puvanchal Gramin Seva Samiti (PGSS) has received a Zero Award in 2017 for its approach to employment and vocational training. It has incorporated organic farming technology as means to transform the lives of women and men with disabilities. Our partnership with Callan Services Network and Divine Word University helped inclusive education and rehabilitation in Papua New Guinea. We also work with humanitarian activities. Our project in Tonga aims to increase the emergency response capacity for people with disabilities by providing technical expertise to local DPO’s and other INGO’s.