ILS April Newsletter 2016

In this April Newsletter from the Independent Living Service you'll find information about:

  1. Tools and Tips to reduce the pain of Arthritis
  2. Chinese Seniors Support & Caring Group
  3. Two useful ILS kitchen products
  4. Mobility Equipment Hire
  5. Korean Day 2016
  6. Come along to the Retirement Lifestyle and Travel Expo
  7. Tunes from Around the World
  8. Looking for Workers?
  9. Registration for taser classes is now open
  10. Registration now open: The Conversation - Supported Decision Making Hui
  11. Are you new to being a Team Leader?
  12. Calls for nominations to the Arts Access Awards 2016
  13. Register now - Law in a Nutshell programme on Disability Law
  14. Parting Thought

1. Tools and Tips to reduce the pain of Arthritis

Come along and listen to Jane Messer, Arthritis Educator from Arthritis New Zealand and Kaz Howlett, ILS Mobile Service Manager give helpful tools and tips for reducing the pain of Arthritis. 

The details are:

When: Thursday 14th April 2016
Time: 10am - 12pm
Where: ILS Conference Room, 14 Erson Road, Royal Oak

To book a seat please phone 0800 663 463.

2. Chinese Seniors Support & Caring Group

Chinese seniors support and caring group 1st gathering. (奥克兰老年互助关爱小组聚会)

The details are:

When: Thursday 7th April 2016
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: ILS Botany Store, 308 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South - (next to Botany Garden and Orchard 

We welcome volunteers to join us. If you have any questions, please email Zhengxiu Xie ( or phone 09 281 5027 between 1:30pm and 3:30pm every Thursday.

3. Two useful ILS kitchen products
  1. The JarKey opens jars in a jiffy! It's so handy that anyone can use it. Click here to purchase online.
  2. No more broken nails or sore fingers with the CanKey - a practical kitchen helper. Click here to purchase online

4. Temporary Injury?

Don't be stuck at home due to mobility limitations!  

ILS offer a range of mobility equipment for short and long term hire. Our range includes:
  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • crutches
  • a mobility scooter
Competitive rates. Click here to find out more or email

5. Korean Day 2016

Experience Korea in Auckland at Korean Day. This year is the 20th anniversay of sisterhood between Auckland and Busan City.
Experience Korea in Auckland at Korean Day with:

  • a special exhibition and events
  • music and performances
  • K-POP
  • traditional Korean dance
  • lucky draw
  • tea ceremony
  • Korean alphabet (Hangeul) calligraphy
  • children's craft
  • a traditional food court
  • and more.

The details are:

When: Saturday 2 April 10am - 5pm
Where: North Shore Events Centre, Wairau Valley, Auckland
Cost: Free

Click here for more information.

6. Come and see Kaz & Tammy at the Retirement Lifestyle and Travel Expo?

The Retirement Lifestyle & Travel Expo is the only exhibition and lifestyle event tailored specifically to cater for the needs and wants of New Zealand Seniors and Baby Boomers.
The Expo features dynamic displays of the latest products and services for this market, including key speakers from relevant sectors with helpful seminars throughout the show days.
This expo is a one-stop shop for not only people seeking advice on issues relating to a happy, active and hassle-free retirement but is equally important to the families of retirees. With so many people now needing to plan for their retirement as well as the huge market of those who have already retired, this expo has significant importance to the wider community.
The details are:

When: Saturday 9th April - Sunday 10 April, 10am - 4pm DAILY
Where: Ellerslie Event Centre, Remuera, Auckland
Cost: Adults $12, SuperGold Card Holders $10, Children Free

Click here for more information.

7. Tunes from Around the World

Massey High School Music Department are running a series of concerts. The next concert is featuring The Starlight String Quartet with special guests Italian soprano Lilia Carpinelli and pianst Matteo Napoli.

The details are:

When: Sunday 10th April at 4pm
Where: Bruce Ritchie Performing Arts Centre, Massey High School, 274 Don Buck Road
Cost: Adults $20, School Students $5

For more information see

8. Looking for Workers?

If you receive Disability Support Services funding you can set up a FREE account with MyCare to find people looking for work in your area. Hundreds of New Zealanders have created profiles at MyCare.

To join the free service, visit and click on the link at the top of the homepage. Complete the easy eligibility form and create your MyCare account! You’ll need your NHI number and the name of your NASC (needs assessment) agency. MyCare allows you to search worker profiles, post jobs, and directly contact workers of interest.

The Ministry of Health has funded free access to MyCare’s Match feature for those who receive DSS funding (including Individualised Funding and Carer Support Subsidy).

Sign-up is quick and easy;

you’ll be searching for workers in no time! Questions about MyCare? Phone 0800 677 700 or email

9. Registration for taster classes is now open!

Every May, Deaf Aotearoa promotes New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). 
As part of this event, Deaf Aotearoa provides FREE 45-minute NZSL classes to businesses and organisations like education, community, Maori or healthcare service provides around the country.  Classes are limited, so sign up now! For more information, visit Deaf Aotearoa near you or contact us on 0800 332 322.

Click here to register


10. Registration now open: The Conversation - Supported Decision Making Hui

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) invites you to register now for The Conversation: Supported Decision Making Hui on Wednesday 20 April and Thursday 21 April 2016.

Where: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre,58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland
Start time 20 April (Day 1):  9.30 am-10.30 am – Registration
End time 21 April  (Day 2):  3.30 pm – hui finishes

Hui registration

To register, you need to fill out the registration form by clicking here “Registration Form Link. You can return your completed registration form(s) by:
  • Filling out the form and emailing it to ADL at
  • Printing out the form, writing on it and posting it to ADL at Auckland Disability Law, PO Box 43-201, Mangere, Auckland 2153.
  • Printing out the form, writing on it and faxing it to ADL at 09-257-4693.
We will confirm your registration and send you information on how to get to Waipuna Hotel. Once you are registered we will also send you a full programme and ask you to let us know which sessions you would like to attend.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Preetha Suresh, at ADL, on 09-257-5140 or at

11. Are you new to being a team leader?

V V Training are running a hands on Leadership Training for Team Leaders or Co-ordinators. This is training course is designed for the not for profit sector. The course is divided into four 4-hour sessions.

The details are:

When: Fridays 8:45am - 1pm April 22 +29, May 6 + 13
Where: Blockhouse Bay Boat Club, Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve
Cost: $500 + GST (non-refundable deposit $250 + GST)

To reserve your place please contact or call 027 435 4699 or 09 820 9569.

12. Call for nominations to the Arts Access Awards 2016

Art Access Awards acknowledge the achievements and contribution of a New Zealand-based artist with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental ill-health. Nominations to this year’s Arts Access Awards are now open.

Nominations close on Monday 11 April 2016. Click here to find out more about the awards and nominations.

13. Register now - Law in a Nutshell programme on Disability Law

Mangere Community Law Centre and Auckland Disability Law would like to invite you to register for this Law in a Nutshell programme which is specially focused on disability and your legal rights. 
Sessions covered include:

  • Introduction to the Law & Disability Law in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Education Law:  Right to an education, special education, discrimination, disciplinary processes for disabled students and youth justice processes for poeple with disabilities.
  • Employment Law: Pre-employment rights, handling problems at work, Minimum Wage Exemptions and discrimination.
  • Criminal Law, Police & Courts:  Disabled people connecting with police and navigating the courts.
  • Family Law and Domestic Violence: our rights and processes  
  • Health & Disability Code, Privacy Act and Consumer Law.
  • Wills & Powers of Attorney, and personal safety.      
  • Tenancy Law: Our rights as tenants, sorting out problems, and the social housing system.
This free eight week programme runs every Wednesday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, starting 4 May 2016 to 22 June 2016. 
Please register for these workshops by phoning (with your name and contact number if you reach the answer phone) or by emailing with the following information:

  • Name, email address, contact phone number and access requirements.
 Morning tea will be provided.

14. Parting Thought

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."  Jimmy Dean
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Royal Oak, Auckland

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Botany South, Auckland

Ph: 09 281 5027

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Ph: 09 550 3387

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