Equity/Disability Support Services

We’re available to meet with you, your whanau, and support networks to plan support around any challenges you have with vision, hearing, medical, mental health, physical mobility, and learning difficulties. All our support services are free.

We’re here to support you with:

  • Advocacy and advice
  • Mobility support, ensuring easy access around campus
  • Technical support and equipment
  • Note taker/reader writer services for assessments
  • Learning support referrals
  • Pre-enrolment support meetings
  • Interview and enrolment assistance
  • Liaison with community agencies
  • Ergonomic equipment
  • Scholarship assistance

Most buildings on campus are accessible by ramp, and mobility parking spaces are available close to places of study.

Equipment for Loan

We have a range of equipment and devices available for loan to students with disabilities. If you need any specialised equipment or want to chat about what's available please make an appointment.

Ergonomic Equipment

A range of ergonomic equipment is available including high and low back ergo chairs, kneelers and foot rests.

Hearing Loops

These are portable transmitter/receiver listening systems with a hearing loop. The tutor uses a microphone and transmitter and the student uses a receiver. The transmitter transmits the tutor's voice directly to the receiver, reducing background noise or distractions.
Hearing loops are mostly for hearing impaired students and deaf students who wear hearing aids, but are also useful for students with head injuries, ADD/ADHD, and other conditions that result in difficulties with concentration.


These are portable audio tape recorders and digital dictaphones to use for recording your classes.

Low Vision Auto-Reader

This equipment captures an image of an entire page and then presents it the way you like to read. It converts hard copy material into electronic text and displays it on the screen.
There are user-controlled settings for magnification, colour and contrast and a live mode for handwriting and other manual tasks.
Text can be presented as a column layout, as a continuous line or even one word at a time. It's been developed for people who are vision impaired but can also be helpful to those with learning disabilities.

Computer Accessories and Software

  • Screen filters
  • Gel wrist rests for mouse & keyboard
  • Ergonomic keyboards
  • Trac-ball mouse
  • Document holders
  • Large print keyboards
  • Zoom Text – designed for people who are visually impaired, Zoom Text makes your computer easier to see, hear and read

Contact information

Library, and Learning Support Team, Bongard Centre

07 571 0190 ext 8180

Monday–Thursday 8.00am–7.00pm, Friday 8.00am–5.00pm

Saturday 11.00am-4.00pm (Sunday closed)

Level 1, Bongard Centre

Library, and Learning Support Team, Mokoia Campus

07 346 8805

Monday–Thursday 8.00am–6.00pm, Friday 8.00am–4.30pm

Saturday 9.00am-12.00pm, Sunday closed

Level 3, N Block, Mokoia Campus

Library, and Learning Support Team, Windermere Campus

07 571 0190 ext 8112

Upper floor (library collection): Monday–Thursday 8.00am–6.00pm, Friday 8.00am–5.00pm

Upper floor (library collection): Saturday 10.00am-2.00pm, Sunday closed

Lower floor (computer access): Monday-Friday 7.00am-11.30pm

Lower floor (computer access): Saturday 8.00am-11.30pm

You'll need your ID card and 4 digit PIN for after hours access

A Block