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Learn about accessibility options

Spark offers a range of support options for customers who may have a disability. Learn about the ways Spark can help customers with products, services and account information.

You can access information about your Spark account in several different ways:

  • On your monthly bill
  • Calling us on 123. We can give you information about your account and can read you information about toll calls.
  • Calling Service Express on 0800 000 000 where you can access:
    • Balances and unbilled calls
    • Your minutes balance
    • National and international call specials
    • Tutorials on smartphone services such as Call Minder and Call Waiting
  • ​Signing in to MySpark online or in the app where you can:
    • Get a view of your residential and Pay Monthly mobile accounts
    • Find information about your unbilled calls
    • Get an email reminder when your bill is ready to view
    • Sign in to MySpark

To make an emergency call, dial 111. A Spark operator will answer your call and will connect you to the emergency service you need. Deaf customers can contact emergency services by faxing 0800 16 16 10 or using a teleprinter (TTY) on 0800 16 16 16. These calls go to the police, who can pass details on to other emergency services as required.

Can't have a landline but need access to emergency services? You may be able to have a line connected for emergencies. This is only done on the recommendation of a doctor or a police representative. There's no cost to you. Note: You won't be able to make or receive any other calls using this phone line.

If you or someone in your household has a serious medical condition let us know so we can discuss managing your account payment. You can apply to go on our Vulnerable End Users register to ensure you stay connected to 111 services. To apply you'll need to download and complete a medical dependency form with your doctor. Download medical dependency form

When you call us on 123, our staff can see details about the number you're calling from. The first thing we see is an alert code. This is a screen with information we need to know about a customer before we make any changes to their account. This might be:

  • Information about a customer's services that affects their ability to use other services
  • Information about a customer's disability. This helps us know how to deliver account information in a useful way.

You can let us know any information that would help us meet your needs and we will add this to your account. Contact us

Spark supports the Blind Foundation's Telephone Information Service. This service provides access to information by phone, including our customer newsletter. 
Go to the Blind Foundation's website

Some landlines come with an inductive coupler. This produces an audio magnetic field. This will help you to have a clear conversation when your hearing aid is using the T setting. To get the best sound hold the phone's ear piece against the curve of the hearing aid. Move it until you hear the loudest sound.If you don't use hearing aids then you'll need a phone that has adjustable volume. You could contact the Hearing Association for recommendations. 
Go to the Hearing Association website

Spark recognises that some customers may have difficulty using the phone book. Spark offers the opportunity to apply for an exemption from directory assistance charges. This offer isn't available on mobile or business lines. You can apply for the exemption through your local GP or the Ministry of Health's Disability Support Agency. 
Learn more about the Disability Support Agency

Our payphones have features designed to make them easier to use:

  • There's a raised pip on the number five on the keypad
  • The display screen has large characters
  • The handset features an inductive coupler device to assist users of hearing aids with a T switch
  • The handset features volume control
  • The instruction notices feature diagrams as well as written instructions
  • The booths are wide enough to fit a wheelchair

We have a range of services that can help you manage your phone usage. Get in touch with us to find out whether a service you're interested in is available in your area. Contact us

  • Call Minder: Whenever you can’t answer calls your Call Minder will answer instead. Then callers can listen to your greeting and leave a message in your mailbox.
  • Call Waiting: Be able to see when someone is trying to call you while you're on a call
  • Caller Display: See the phone number of the person calling you before you answer
  • Hotline: Calls a different number when the handset is off the phone for longer than eight seconds
  • Dual Number: Hook up two different numbers on the same phone line
  • Call Diversion: Forward calls to a different number or voicemail when you can't take them
  • FaxAbility: Give your fax machine its own number and ringtone. When each ringtone rings, you can tell whether you're getting a call or a fax.

New Zealand Relay is a service for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or speech or hearing impaired. You can use New Zealand Relay to make calls to anyone who has a phone. Find out more about New Zealand Relay

Our website has been tested to make sure it's accessible to people with a disability. If you have problems with any aspects of its design or usability, please let us know. Contact us

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