Little People of New Zealand is a national voluntary society of people with dwarfism, their families, and other people interested in their welfare.
Any Little Person of any age or anyone with invested interest can join the Little People of New Zealand. Membership is by annual subscription.
As President of Little People of New Zealand it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. We are a non-profit organisation supporting people with dwarfism and their whanau.
Little People of New Zealand (LPNZ) was founded back in 1969 by two average parents who each had a child that had dwarfism. Their shared experiences and friendship led to them wanting the same for others. From this, LPNZ has progressed into what it is today and continues to be a great network of people, supporting and encouraging each other to live full lives.
On a personal note, my parents met through LPNZ and have been involved since. So I have known about and been involved in LPNZ my whole life. As a child, I found so much support and friendship in LPNZ and now as an adult, those connections continue to grow. It’s great to see other members and whanau find similar support and connection.
LPNZ is all about support, connection and promoting positive awareness and advocacy for those that have dwarfism and their whanau. We support short statured people to determine their rights and we advocate for the elimination of physical, attitudinal and other barriers that prevent the opportunities for members to participate in the everyday activities of life.
By joining LPNZ, you will be connected with other members and their families who share common strengths and challenges. We have a LPNZ Small Talk Facebook page for members to share news, achievements and information with each other. We also have regional catch ups and hold an annual conference in various cities across New Zealand. LPNZ conferences embrace connection between people with dwarfism and their families who are at all ages and stages of life. We also promote and work on international connections and the ways in which we can work with other international organisations, for example, Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA) and the International Dwarf Sports Federation (IDSF).
If you are interested in becoming a member, we warmly welcome you! Just click on the membership link at the top of this page and this will direct you to the details you need.
I invite you all to have a look through our website and contact us if you want any further information. We are only too happy to answer your enquiries.