The CatWalk

The CatWalkTrust is also affiliated with the following organisations to promote the heightened communication and encourage shared utilisation of resources and expertise for the good of those affected by SCI:

Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation

No one wants to experience life with paralysis.

Yet every day in Australia at least one person has their life changed forever in this devastating way. Day to day tasks and mobility become an extraordinary challenge.

Perry Cross is one such person whose life was unforeseeably and profoundly changed in an instant. His approach to his paralysis has been inspirational. And as Perry’s health journey continues, so does his conviction to lead a united and multi-faceted model for bringing together people with the knowledge, skills and passion required to find a cure for paralysis.

The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation aims to facilitate, collaborate and initiate the connections and research required to find a cure for paralysis.

Spinal Injury Project

The Spinal Injury Project is a group of thirty-five scientists, engineers, medical doctors, veterinarians and educators all working together at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia developing an olfactory cell therapy for spinal cord injury (SCI). Our therapy involves the transplantation of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs) – a type of glial cell, into the spinal cord to help the guidance and regrowth of neurons across the injury site. The Spinal Injury Project team is part of the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research at Griffith University.

New Zealand Spinal Trust

The New Zealand Spinal Trust is a registered charity providing information, education, research, advocacy and support to people who have spinal cord impairment so that they can enjoy independence.

New Zealand Rugby Foundation

The New Zealand Rugby Foundation helps all seriously injured rugby players in New Zealand. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust, which assists with the rehabilitation of players after their injuries and also the Rugby Smart injury prevention programme.

Burwood Academy of Independent Living

The Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL) is a dynamic organisation committed to improving the life experience of people recovering from serious injury and illness. Based onsite at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch, the Academy is dedicated to building a vibrant culture of research and learning.

Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit 

The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit is a regional spinal injury rehabilitation service which provides comprehensive care for people with a spinal cord injury from the central North Island to the Far North.

 Burwood Spinal Unit

The Burwood Spinal Unit (BSU) in Christchurch provides services for people with spinal cord impairments caused by accident, illness or congenital abnormalities.

Paralympics NZ

Paralympics NZ  Paralympics New Zealand is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the National Paralympic Committee, and is recognised by Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) as the National Sports Organisation for disabled athletes.


Parafed provide sport and recreational opportunities for people with physical disabilities.
There are 9 regional groups in New Zealand: Northland, AucklandWaikatoManawatuBay of PlentyTaranakiWellington,  Canterbury and  Otago.

The Neil Sachse Foundation

The Neil Sachse Foundation was founded by Neil Sachse in 1994 to raise funds for research into the treatment of spinal cord injury. Originally known as the Spinal Research Fund of Australia Incorporated, it was renamed the Neil Sachse Foundation to honour Neil’s steadfast and dogmatic contribution to spinal cord injury research. Neil was left a quadraplegic after an on-field collision in an AFL (formally VFL) match in 1975. In March 2017 the foundation was invited to be part of a bigger research Institute with the name of South Australia Health and Medical Research Institution (SAHMRI) and will now be known as the Neil Sachse Centre, Spinal Cord Research –
They have created an education program for young people that outlines there are dangers in life to look for and if something goes wrong what to do. The following is for younger years with web-based interactive games and a video.

There are five animated videos lasting about three minutes each for secondary school age children.  The first explains what a spinal cord injury is on the other for different scenarios of how spinal cord injuries happen and what to do is something goes wrong.  It also has two car reversing games and a PDF on how the animations fit into the national school curriculum


TASC was originally founded in 1991 by a group of high level spinal injured people as a support group, which has gradually evolved into the present organization. Since 2008 TASC became a registered charity CC23064 and has now built up a vast network of volunteers who with their various experiences are able to offer moral support, advice and information to the new patients in the Spinal Unit. TASC covers the same geographical area as the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, which is from New Plymouth, Taupo, across to the Eastern Bay of Plenty, up to Cape Reinga.

Archilles International NZ

Archilles International NZ provides New Zealanders with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local mainstream events like the Cigna Round the Bays, Taupo Half Marathon, the Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington Marathons, as well as the New York Marathon.


The New Zealand Spinal Cord Impairment Action Plan 2014 – 2019 outlines a vision, purpose, priorities and eight overarching objectives to help ensure the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for people with spinal cord impairment (SCI), enhancing their quality of life and ability to participate in society.

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world-class SCI research.
By donating to CatWalk you are helping the thousands of kiwis who live their lives from a wheelchair.

Let’s get them walking again!