ILS August Newsletter 2017

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

  1. Cabinet paper on system transformation of disability support released
  2. Depression and Anxiety workshop for the Korean Community and Service Providers
  3. Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group Meeting
  4. Comfy Lift Chair
  5. The Mighty Mug
  6. Conference Facility Hire
  7. Stars & Art 4 Us Speciality Term 3 is starting soon
  8. Are you looking for information from local Onehunga Social Service organisations?
  9. Transition Expo 2017 - The progression from school to community life
  10. Cast your vote for the best International Film
  11. Mt Roskill housing development updates
  12. North Shore Teens Art Group 2017
  13. Assessing learning needs and dyslexia
  14. Applicatons are open for WFDYS Children Camp 2018
  15. Auckland Chinese Medical Association 2017 free health talks
  16. Parting thought

1. Cabinet paper on system transformation of disability support released

The Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner has released a Cabinet paper about the high-level design for the new disability support system.  The design is the result of intensive work over a number of months by a group of disabled people, disability sector representatives and officials.  

You can find the Cabinet paper, a summary, Frequently Asked Questions and the press release at:


2. Depression and Anxiety Workshop 

ILS is hosting a depression and anxiety workshop for the Korean community and service providers to learn about

  • how to recognise depression and anxiety
  • knowing how to relate to those experiencing struggling with mood swings or distress
  • knowing how to manage it

The presenter is Julia Kwon (Counsellor with the North Shore Women's Centre)

The details are:
When: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Where: Hanouri Korean Church, 59 View Road, Glenfield, North Shore

This workshop will be conducted in English with Korean translation provided. Please contact Marian Park to RSVP - or 022 6424 877


3.  Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group Meeting

Would you like to improve your English or just need a little help?  The Auckland Senior's Support & Caring Group set up by Zhengxiu Xie from ILS are holding weekly meetings to do just this.

The details are:  
Date: every Wednesday afternoon
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Location: Botany Downs Library Meeting Room, Level 1, Sunset Terrace, Botany Town Centre.

Seats are limited so please RSVP to Lily on 09 963 6259 between 9am - 3pm, via Wechat: lily1p or text 021 0286 7916.

4. Comfy Lift Chair now $1399

For a limited time you can save $201 on the Comfy lift chair*.  The Comfy is a ‘ wallsaver’ design which allows the chair to be positioned nearer to a wall than conventional recliner chairs.

Find out more information here.

*Offer available until 31.8.17 or while stocks last


5. The Mighty Mug

For all the single serve lovers out there, grab the small, but powerful Mighty Mug Solo fits perfectly under most single serve coffee machines. They're great for kids too! 

Even at its height, Mighty Mug Solo stands tall when you knock into it thanks to its patented Smartgrip Technology.  Click here for more information.

6. Conference Facility Hire 

Are you looking for accessible conference facilities in central Auckland, close to Auckland Airport and motorway systems?  

ILS conference facilities are designed to make your meeting a success - fully accessible for all mobility and auditory requirements and competitive rates. To find out more email


7. STARS & Art 4 Us Speciality Term 3 is starting soon

North Shore Term Dates: Saturdays 5 August - 23 Sept
Group Times: 11:00am to 12:00pm; 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: YMCA North Shore, 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Therapist: Bex (mobile 021 437 101) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session.

Onehunga Term Dates: Tuesdays 1 Aug - 19 Sept
Group Times: 3:45pm to 4:30pm; 4:45pm to 5.30pm
Location: Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church Street
Therapist: Verity (mobile 022 658 3002) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session.

Mt Albert Term Dates: Wednesdays 2 Aug - 20 Sept
Group Times: 4:15pm to 5:00pm; 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Location: YMCA Mt Albert Community Centre,773 New North Rd, Mt Albert
Therapist: Yoko (mobile 027 349 2263) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session

Pakuranga Term Dates: Fridays 28 Jul - 15 Sept
Group Times: 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Location: Te Tuhi Arts Centre, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland
Therapist: Elise (mobile 022 047 5565) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session 

Arts 4 Us Specialty
Orakei Term Dates: Mondays 24 July- 11 Sept
Group Times: 3:30pm to 4:30pm; 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Rd, Auckland City 1071
Therapist: Serena (mobile 027 499 3366) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session

Please plan to arrive before your group's start time so that the therapist is able to start the group on time.

If your child will be absent from any sessions, please advise the respective therapist in advance. Your child is missed when they are away and it is helpful to let the other children know when someone won't be attending. Please text or call your therapist if your child can't attend on the day.

If you have a carer support form, you are welcome to bring it along for the therapist to sign, then you can fill it out and post it off to the Ministry after the final session of the term.

Any questions?  Please email or visit for further information and upcoming events.


8. Are you looking for information from local Onehunga Social Service organisations?

Come along to the free event being held at the Royal Oak Shopping Mall, Centre Court, 691 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Auckalnd this Saturday 5th August from 10 - 2pm.

9. Transition Expo 2017 - The progression from school to community life

The Transition Expo features most Auckland Transition and Vocational Programme Providers as well as an array of leisure, recreation, sports and information providers.

  • Free entry
  • Plenty of street parking
  • Fully accessible venue
  • Information pack given to each family
  • Coffee van & bakery stall

​The details are:

When: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Time: 9am - 2pm

Please contact Disability Connect for further information on 09 636 0351 or



10. Cast your vote for the best International Film

Focus on Ability Short Film Festival 2017 has four New Zealand films in the International category. Click here to view

11. Mt Roskill Housing Development updates

A subsidiary of Housing NZ, HLC (Homes. Land. Community.) are holding information sessions in Puketapapa for residents and local community stakeholders, regarding housing redevelopment in the May Road/Freeland Ave area.

Meet the team every second Thursday of the month from 1.30pm - 2pm:

  • July 13: Bhartiya Samaj, 17 May Road (parking available at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall)
  • Aug 10: May Road School Hall, corner of May & Richardson Roads
  • Sept 14: Mt Roskill Grammar School, Frost Road*

*Venue yet to be confirmed, email or phone 022 434 7443 for venue confirmation closer to the date. Any other queries will be forwarded to HLC.

12. North Shore Teens Art Group 2017

An open studio art group for teenagers of all abilities aged 12 (approx.) years plus; particular provision is made for teens with autism and other special needs.

The arts therapist and facilitators work to progress art making abilities, and to extend group-held, collective themes of interest on which to base subject matter for creative projects. A safe environment is provided for teens to form supportive relationships with one another – and to share and explore their creative ideas. These sessions run on a weekly basis during term time and are ongoing.

The details are:
When: Term 3, 25 - 26 Sept (10 weeks)
Day: Tuesday 4pm - 5.30pm
Where: PHAB Takapuna Club Rooms, 8 Auburn Street, Takapuna, North Shore
Cost: $250 for 10 weeks. Fees include all materials and a 45 min individual art therapy pre-assessment.

For more information or to enrol please contact Alex McPherson via email on or phone 09 845 5361.


13. Assessing Learning Needs and Dyslexia

Come along to learn more about:
  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • dyscalculia
  • ADHA
  • how they can affect learning & behaviour

The details are:
Date: Wednesday 30 August
Time: 6:15pm - 7pm for tea / coffee and trade tables, else 7-9pm
Where: Maungawhau School 43 Ellerton Rd, Mt Eden
Cost: Tickets $20 per person

Click here to book a ticket.

14. Applications are open for WFDYS Children Camp 2018

Deaf Aotearoa is looking for two young deaf people aged 9 to 12 to represent Deaf Aotearoa and New Zealand at the WFDYS Children Camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We are also looking for a Leader aged 21 to 30 to accompany the young people and help facilitate at the camp.

If you are interested in this amazing opportunity or would like to find out more, please see the application form here.

15. Auckland Chinese Medical Association 2017 Free Health Talks

ACMA's free health talks are catering for the Auckland Chinese community. The talks will be presented in Chinese by a number of well-known local medical professionals to help uncover your health concerns and disease prevention. Plus a free health check after the seminar.

The details are:

Speakers: Dr Gary Wu, GP talking on Treasure your Kidney and Dr Daniel Lin, Renal Physician talking on Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention & Treatment
Date: Saturday 19 August
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Greenlane Christian Centre, 17 Marewa Road, Greenlane

For more information see


16. Parting Thought

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."  Helen Keller


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