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Disability support provider, Spectrum Care won an internationally acclaimed Gold award in the New Zealand Business Excellence Awards late last month.

The Gold award is the highest accolade that the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation can bestow on a business or organisation. In the 21 years that the awards have been running, only five organisations have received Gold, including the Royal New Zealand Navy and Vero Insurance.

Spectrum Care is a charitable trust that supports children, young people and adults with disabilities, and their whānau, to live great lives. The award acknowledges Spectrum Care as being ‘truly world-class’ and places the organisation in a leadership position within the health and disability sector.


“From the moment we first encountered the world of Business Excellence, it became apparent we could never again be satisfied with ‘good enough’,” says Chris Harris, Chief Executive of Spectrum Care.

“Despite being at times daunted by this commitment to excellence, the rewards have been incalculable. Not only have we become better able to fulfil our Vision of ‘People with disabilities living great lives’, but we’ve significantly grown our workforce capacities, process capabilities, strategic vision, quality and sustainability.”

Spectrum staff are all in training from day one. Foundation Skills is part of their induction and they progress to level 3 Core Competencies. They now have a career pathway onto level 4 as they are currently piloting the Senior Support qualification. The training is all about providing the best possible support to people with disabilities.

Careerforce CEO, Ray Lind, extended his congratulations. “Spectrum Care’s Chief Executive Chris Harris brings wisdom and experience to the Careerforce Board in his role as Deputy Chair. Spectrum’s commitment to workforce training is undoubtedly reflected in their Business Excellence success. Congratulations.”