Christmas Shopping with Disability Social Enterprises

Inspired by the disability social enterprise market Air New Zealand organised for their staff the past two years. They have kindly shared this list of disability enterprises – and we have added some extras that we have been made aware of. Please consider supporting if you are looking for gift inspiration this Christmas, or anytime that you want to give a gift that has real meaning.

Two young men sit at a table which displays a range of wooden Christmas trees which are decorated. They have their arm around each others shoulders, and they are smiling.

Matt and Tom – Eco Christmas Trees

Matt and Tom are twins with Down Syndrome who love Christmas. They have a small range of Christmas themed and gift products, including:

  • Small and large wood Christmas trees
  • Felt star decorations
  • Loc-blocks

A close up shot of a jar with a black label and white text reading Our Harvest - Growing Goodness Together. Guava Jelly. Spray Free, Made by Moxie.

Our Harvest – Sauces, Jams and Jelly

Treat your taste buds with delicious Our Harvest preserves. Our Harvest products are grown, harvested and made with love by Recreate‘s Our Harvest team.

A woman holding two bags of coffee and a man sitting in a chair beside her. They are smiling.

Drink My Coffee

Drink My Coffee is a social enterprise to create employment opportunities for disabled New Zealanders. We are doing this by creating jobs for people to manufacture and distribute premium coffee and enabling people with disabilities to be self-employed, selling the coffee.

Find your local distributor on the order page to support them with their own business.

Family standing hand in hand on the beach. The sun is setting behind them. The parents wear blue tshirts reading I Love My Autistic Child and I Support Someone with Autism. A young girl wears a red tshirt that reads I Support Someone with Autism. The yound boy wears a black tshirt that reads Keep Calm I Have Autism I'm just Being Myself

Chambers & Co – T-shirts and Weighted Blankets

Chambers & Co are devoted to creating a community of compassion and inclusion for all of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their distinct apparel has been designed to raise public awareness of the day-to-day challenges that living with Autism brings.

Purple logo of Downlights New Zealand
Row of five smiling people wearing grey Downlights t-shirts. The female in the middle is holding a candle.

Downlights – Soy Candles, Christmas Decorations and Cards

Downlights is a New Zealand-owned and operated fragranced soy candle company that manufactures luxury candles using artisanal techniques. Their candles are lovingly hand-poured and the entire manufacturing process supports the development of a variety of workplace skills and offers employment opportunities for young adults with Down Syndrome and intellectual or learning disabilities.

Will & Able eco-products

New Zealand’s only range of eco-friendly cleaning products creating jobs for Kiwi’s with disabilities.

Good products that are good for our planet.

  • Quality products
  • Environmental Choice NZ certified
  • Bottles made from 100% recycled NZ milk bottles so no more virgin plastics

On the left is a pink circle with the letters ML in the centre. Across the initials are the words Moments with Love also in pink.  Beside the logo a picture of two woman sitting together looking at a gift box. The woman on the left is in a wheelchair. There are candles on the table in front of them and a range of gifts line the shelves in the background.

Moments with Love – Disability Social Enterprise Gift Boxes

Moments with Love creates high-quality gift boxes with a twist. Our mission is to provide you with an experience that will bring joy and create treasured memories as you enjoy a moment of love of your own.  

Each box is carefully curated to feature something to wear, something to do, and something delicious to eat & drink. Many of them include incredible body and bath products & handmade items crafted by our family. Their boxes also feature products from companies supporting people with disabilities. They have partnered with leading kiwi social enterprise companies supporting people with disabilities to bring you the highest quality of award-winning products.

Note: Moments with Love is busy updating their new website. If there aren’t any products on the pages, check back in a few days.

You can also check out their physical store in 4 Palm Court, Silverdale, Auckland (Google Maps)

On the left the logo for Bradley's K9 Munchies in white red and black inside a dog bone shape. On the right. Bradley holds a tray of freshly baked dog treats. He is smiling.

Bradley’s K9 Munchies – Dog Treats

Bradley’s K9 Munchies is a Southland-owned and operated dog treat company that bakes tasty goods for good dogs. Our treats are baked with love and hand-cut. And the entire manufacturing process offers employment opportunities for young adults with access needs and learning disabilities.

Left Olivers Doggie Treats logo on a beige background with a white paw print centre top. Right is Oliver placing a tray of dog bone shaped treats into the oven to bake.

Oliver’s Doggie Treats – Dog Treats

Oliver’s Doggie Treats are delicious, healthy, hand-made dog biscuits by Oliver, a dog-loving boy with Down Syndrome from Auckland who lives life to the fullest!

Illustration of characters from the Awesome Superheros book. The characters are poised in a forest/

The Awesome Superheroes – The Bank Robbery – Book

Laetitia Tan is a teenage author with Down Syndrome. She wrote this book with the support of her Speech and Language Therapist. Laetitia hopes to inspire you to use your imagination and tell your story – it does not matter that it is not perfect, so long as you are happy with it.

Three Christmas trees made from driftwood, adorned with Christmas lights. They are positioned on top of a larger piece of driftwood.

Fishwood Design – Artist

Creating art with nature! Hand crafted driftwood sculptures to hang in the garden, bach or home. Especially perfect for those who love the sea!

Left is the logo Art + Soul in turquoise. Right is a piece of artwork of houses in bright primary colours with a blue frame.


A small business based in Milford, on Auckland’s North Shore with the purpose of bridging the gap for young adults living with disabilities. They are very maverick in their approach to enable their member’s successes and life choices. They aim to achieve this in a safe, respectful, and stimulating environment where all abilities and levels of capability should be considered and catered for.

Products include arts, crafts, soaps and body products, handmade greeting cards, and more.

Three handmade Christmas cards arranged on a table. They are made from various folded papers and feature designs of a Christmas tree, a star and a Christmas stocking.

Bellcraft Cards

Lia is a Hibiscus Coast mum who lives with Cerebral Palsy and chronic pain. As a result, her mobility has decreased a great deal over the last few years and relies on a wheelchair for mobility. Her current self-propelled wheelchair is a huge help but it is limiting. She would love to be able to join her family on the beach again, rather than spectating from the grass. Lia has set a goal to fundraise for an Omeo hands-free, all-terrain wheelchair.

Lia has made these beautiful cards with off-cuts from various paper merchants and is selling these through her Facebook page to fundraise for her new wheelchair.

A tray of freshly made dark chocolate bars
Row of Organic Wildness Chocolate varieties including Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Acai, Dark Chocolate with Cupuaca and Coconut, Dark Chocolate with Cupuaca and Cashews, 57% Cocoa Dark Chocolate with Walnuts, Dark Chocolate with Vietnamese Mango, Dark Chocolate with Bee Pollen from Nelson and Pure 57% Cocoa Dark Chocolate.

Wildness Chocolate

Wildness is a Social Enterprise in Wellington, New Zealand and Singapore. We harness the passion, skills and energy of exceptional Singaporeans with special needs at APSN CFA (Association for Persons with Special Needs Centre for Adults) and in the Rimutaka prison in New Zealand.

Packed with eco-friendly zero-waste materials, our delicious organic chocolates are handmade using only the finest ingredients and environmentally sustainable methods.

Young man is working on a piece of art. He is looking at the canvas and his paint brush as he applies the paint.

Yaniv Janson – Contemporary Fine Artist

Yaniv is a young New Zealand artist from the small coastal town of Raglan. His work centres on his great passion for environmental and social issues and this has been reflected in his artworks.

Living with both epilepsy and autism, Yaniv doesn’t let either dictate who he is. He began painting 13 years ago and creates the work from home, enjoying the freedom of determining his own schedule. He can choose when, where and what to paint and loves that it is something that people all over the world can enjoy.

Being awarded over 18 awards, participating in more than 40 exhibitions and having sold in excess of 180 paintings, Yaniv is far from finished.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Double Header

Friday 3rd December 2021

Join us for this special double-header virtual event Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities, hosted by KPMG followed by the final NZDEN meeting for 2021

Celebrating International of Persons with Disabilities – Hosted by KPMG

Join us to hear –

Insights from Digital Accessibility Research our network participated in, featuring:

  • Patrick Kouwenhoven, Country Manager for Infosys

Disability System Transformation / Accessibility Legislation Discussion Panel featuring:

  • Paula Tesoriero MNZM, Disability Rights Commissioner
  • Anne Hawker ONZM, from the Ministry of Social Development, and lead on the all-of-government Enable Me Network

What: Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities
Date: Friday 3rd December 2021
Time: 1
2:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Online video conference (via Microsoft Teams)

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities hosted by KPMG 
Friday 3rd December 2021, 12-1pm.
Followed by the final NZDEN meeting for 2021, 1-2.30pm
For more information:

Video conferencing link will be shared via email with those who register.


Time Items
12:00pm KPMG update and Accessibility Tick update
12:10pm Infosys Digital Accessibility Report launch
12:20pm Panel: Disability System Transformation and Accessibility Legislation
  • Anne Hawker, ONZM Principal Disability Advisor
  • Paula Tesoriero, MNZM, Disability Rights Commissioner
  • Selwyn Cook, Disability Empowerment, NZ Local Hero of the Year 2016
12:45pm Panelists Q&A
12:55pm Close and thank you
1:00pm Finish

NZ Disability Employers’ Network (NZDEN) Meeting –
Friday 3rd December 2021

Our final NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting for the year

Immediately following the above event, we will be holding the final NZDEN meeting for the year, via Zoom Video Conference from 1:15 – 2:30pm.

We welcome Dan Buckingham, CEO Attitude Pictures as guest speaker to talk about the value of disability stories.

We will also be recapping the key messages from our many speakers throughout the year.

Video conferencing links will be shared via email with those who register.

If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email


1:15pmWelcome / Introductions
1:30pmInterview with Dan Buckingham, CEO Attitude Pictures
Interviewer: Phil Turner
2.00pmYear in Review
A look at the year that has been, with recaps about the key messages from each of guests.
2.30pmMeeting Closed

NZ Disability Employers’ Network (NZDEN) Meeting – Thursday 30th September 2021

Our September NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting will be held via
Zoom Video Conference on Thursday 30th September from 10am – noon

Full agenda now available –

Our guest speakers are –

  • Nathaniel (Nat) Janke-Gilman, Meridian Energy
    Sharing some of the fantastic work happening at Meridian and how he created buy-in for disability inclusion from their Senior Leadership Team.
  • Stew Sexton, AbilityDis
    Stew has equipped many of our members accessibility champions/H&S professionals with the practical skills and knowledge to better understand their sites access barriers. Hear about one of our most popular trainings, ‘Accessibility Chamoion Training – The Physical Environment and other ways you can increase your organisations physical accessibility’

We are looking forward to engaging with you all along with this great line up of speakers.

Zoom link will be shared with members over email. If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email

NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference 2021 – photo gallery

Jared Hutcheson

Introducing NZ Speaker – Jared Hutcheson

Image of a man (Jared Hutcheson) with dark hair and beard. He is wearing a business shirt and tie. He is smiling.
Image: Jared Hutcheson, Westpac NZ

Jared Hutcheson is the current co-chair of Westpac’s Accessibility EAG (Employee Action Group). The EAG’s main goal is to raise awareness around accessibility and make our facilities and products accessible for our customers and staff.

Being in the bank for 10 years in the procurement division, Jared has been able to leverage his skills and experience within the bank to drive initiatives for Westpac’s Accessibility EAG. This includes retaining The Accessibility Tick, promoting NZSL Sign Language Week, working with our technology squad to make Westpac’s website more accessible as well as hosting events to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Find out more…

Victoria Lessing

Introducing NZ Speaker – Victoria Lessing

Image of a smiling blonde woman, Victoria Lessing.
Image: Victoria Lessing, CEO Merge NZ

Victoria identifies as culturally Deaf and she is a social advocate for the Deaf community. Victoria is a qualified New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) teacher. She has been teaching NZSL for almost 20 years and has been involved in the development of NZSL teaching curriculum.

Currently studying a BA double major in education and business, Victoria is also fluent in five languages. Victoria has a huge passion in inspiring people through teaching language and Deaf culture programmes.

Victoria now leads Merge NZ, which is a social enterprise with the aim to normalise NZSL in many towns and cities in New Zealand so organisations, service providers, businesses, schools and individuals can appreciate one of the official languages in NZ.

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John Eatwell

Introducing NZ Speaker – John Eatwell

Image of a man (John Eatwell). He is smiling.
Image: John Eatwell, M.A. Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial and Organisational Psychology; Chartered Organisational Psychologist; Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Member of the Institute of Directors.

John has over 30 years experience, leading teams of professionals in the delivery of generalist HR as well as specialist services. In the course of his career he has delivered projects in Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Vanuatu, Venezuela, United States and the United Kingdom. John is currently Director of Strategic People Group, Health and Safety Association of New Zealand, Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Chair of the Institute of Organisational Psychology, on the Advisory Board for Telpower Canterbury Ltd and Treasurer for the Queen Charlotte Track Landowners Cooperative.

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Thursday 29th July

8:00 amRegistrations open
9:00 amRegistrations continued (arrival tea and coffee available)
9:30 amWelcome/Pōwhiri
10:10 am Keynote Speaker – Getting This Right Counts
Paula Tesoriero MNZM – Disability Rights Commissioner
10:40 amMorning Tea
11:00 amDisabled Persons: Panel 1
Finding a Job – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Angela Desmaris, Maria Stevens, Natasya Jones, Rachel Noble and Vaughan Dodd
11:55 amPutting candidates and employers at the centre of disability empowerment
Phil O’Reilly ONZM – Iron Duke
12:40 pmLunch
1:30 pmTrue Inclusive Recruitment – Reflecting the needs of both stakeholders
Interactive session led by Phil Turner, Accessibility Tick
2:10 pmTop Tips for Disability Inclusion Success
Suzanne Colbert AM – previous CE of Australian Network on Disability, interviewed by Phil O’Reilly ONZM
2:50 pmHidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme
Selwyn Cook – Facilitator: Disability Employment
3:00 pmAfternoon tea
3:20 pmThe Value of NZSL
Victoria Lessing – Merge NZ
Jared Hutcheson – Westpac NZ
4:00 pmWelcome to Rotorua
Mayor of Rotorua – Steve Chadwick
4:15 pmHow Google Gets Disability Inclusion Programs Right
Christopher Patnoe – Google
5:00 pm‘The Name Game’/Networking Over Drinks (cash bar)
Julie Woods – “That Blind Woman”
From 6:00 pmDinner from 6:00 pm

Friday 30th July

8:30 amConference room opens –
Tea and coffee available
9:00 am NZDEN General Meeting –
Planning the Future for the NZDEN

Phil Turner – Managing Director, Accessibility Tick
9:45 am Making Your Disabled Employee Group Work Well
Brendan Roach – Director of Strategy and
Networkology, PurpleSpace
10:30 amMorning Tea
10:50 am Disabled Persons: Panel 2
Career Barriers – How Can We Knock Them Down?
Maria Stevens, Natasya Jones, Stew Sexton and Victoria Lessing
11:40 am Managing Fatigue in the Workplace
John Eatwell – Strategic People Group
12:10 pmLunch
12:50 pm Harnessing the Power of Neurodiversity in our Workplaces
Callum McKirdy – Speaker, author, mentor and facilitator
1:30 pm The Accessibility Game
Julie Woods – “That Blind Woman”
2:10 pm Closing remarks
Phil Turner – Managing Director, Accessibility Tick
2:30 pm Finish
Join us for afternoon tea and some further networking

If you have any questions about the accessibility of the conference, please email or call 09-242-0522.

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Julie Woods

Introducing New Zealand Speaker – Julie Woods

Blonde haired woman (Julie Woods) smiling. She has a black lace top on and a pearl necklace.
Image: Julie Woods

When Julie Woods went blind in 1997 as a 31 year old mother, she thought her life had ended; little did she realise it had only just begun.

After turning down the chance to go cross-country skiing, Julie realised she wasn’t going to make a very good blind person unless she learned to say WHY NOT to opportunities that came her way. Learning to read with her fingers, embracing how to touch type and getting speech software on her computer were her first steps in gaining greater access to the world around her.

But she couldn’t stop saying WHY NOT!

Not only that, she went on to say WHY NOT to walking 10 half marathons, visiting the Seven Wonders of the World and refereeing not one, not two, but three games of nude touch rugby…

Find out what Julie did last year in response to reading a newspaper article on disability awareness that horrified her, and how it inspired her to create the Accessibility Game.

Pink flower logo for That Blind Woman. There is braille underneath that represents the same words.

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