Our Vision

Meeting the learning needs of those with Specific Learning Disabilities.

Our Mission

To build a strong organisation to effectively advocate, assess, teach and promote best practice.

The Treaty of Waitangi

SPELD NZ honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Read SPELD NZ’s Constitution here

SPELD NZ Vision & Values

Our Values


SPELD NZ demonstrates respect by:

  • treating all members of SPELD NZ (office bearers; staff, professional and regular members; people receiving our services) with respect;
  • treating all SPELD NZ stakeholders and others working in the education and SLD/dyslexia field with respect;
  • communicating and speaking to each other with mutual respect


SPELD NZ demonstrates professionalism by:

  • using best practice as the norm in governance and management practice;
  • striving for excellence in the training, ongoing professional development and registration of teachers, assessors and directors;
  • Professional Members taking personal responsibility for their professional development and registration.


SPELD NZ demonstrates equity by:

  • acknowledging the diversity in society and within our organisation and embracing others who are different from ourselves;
  • being responsive to the needs of all members within the financial restraints of our organisation;
  • treating all people fairly.


SPELD NZ demonstrates integrity by:

  • being committed to ethical behaviour in all situations;
  • acting with honesty and truthfulness;
  • speaking out for what we believe in and listening to the views of others;
  • acknowledging any mistakes and taking all possible steps to correct matters.


SPELD NZ demonstrates a commitment to creating opportunity by:

  • providing services to enable those with SLD/dyslexia to reach their potential
  • advocating for changes in educational practices which will improve the experience and outcomes for those with SLD/dyslexia.