ILS December Newsletter 2017

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

  • Auckland Central Chinese Network Meeting
  • Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group Christmas get together
  • ILS Christmas Trading Hours
  • Useful Christmas Gifts
  • Conference Facility Hire
  • Office Space Available
  • Diversity Day @ Victoria Park
  • DPA are recruiting for part time positions across three areas
  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park
  • Get ready for changes to the East Auckland Network
  • Send your love
  • Enabling participation for disabled young people
  • Assistive Technology Survey
  • Manurewa Lifelong Learning Fund
  • Parting thought?

Auckland Central Chinese Network Meeting

ILS is welcoming various organizations, government officials, services providers, and Asian community leaders, media and core people in the community to attend our monthly network meeting.  

The Auckland Central Chinese network meeting is providing a platform to speak up and access the government/service provider information, so that service providers can have a better place to join in and work as a team.

Details of the next network meeting are:
Date: Monday 4th December
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: ILS, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak

Parking is available on the road or the carpark behind the tennis courts.  Please contact Felix Lin for more details  via email or 09 625 0312 Chinese DDI (国粤英语)

Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group Christmas get together

Come along and enjoy the festivities which include
  • Chinese cultural performances
  • mingling
  • light refreshments.

The details are:

Date: Thursday 14th December 2017
Time: 11am - 12.30pm
Location: ILS Conference Room, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak

Please RSVP to Xiu via email ( or 09 281 5027 between 9.30 - 3.30pm Wednesday and Thursday as space is limited.

ILS Christmas Trading Hours

Below are Christmas trading hours for our Royal Oak, Browns Bay and Botany stores.


Saturday 23rd December 
Sunday 24th December 
Monday 25th December
Tuesday 26th December 
Wednesday 27th December 
Thursday 28th December
Friday 29th December 
Saturday 30th December 
Sunday 31st December 
Monday 1st January
Tuesday 2nd January
Wednesday 3rd January

All stores closed
All stores closed
All stores closed
All stores closed
Botany Store only - open 9am - 5pm
Botany Store only - open 9am - 5pm
Botany Store only - open 9am - 5pm
All stores closed
All stores closed
All stores closed
All stores closed
All stores open as usual

From all the staff at ILS, we wish you happy holidays and safe travels.

Useful Christmas Gifts


Family visiting for Christmas?

ILS offers a range of mobility equipment including manual wheelchairs, walkers, a mobility scooter, ramps and crutches for hire to make any special occasion even more memorable.
With Christmas coming, the demand for hire equipment increases, so it's advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. Click here for more information.

Office Space Available

Ideal opportunity for a small business looking to branch out to their own premises. 

 Located in Royal Oak, this ground floor office of approx 46m² features two large rooms with two entrances and its own kitchenette. Two car parks included. Freshly painted with new LED lights.
One convenient monthly payment includes all costs other than power and your telecommunications.

  • Available now
  • Car parks included
  • Gross lease
  • Own entrance

To find out more phone Raema on 09 6250313 or email

Diversity Day @ Victoria Park

Friday 1st December 2017

In line with the International Day of People with Disabilities we are celebrating diversity at Victoria Park next Friday. Inclusive Workshops, Showcases and Films Clips and Chats, there is something for everyone. Check out the wonderful short video from last years action here.

DPA are recruiting for part time positions across three areas

Policy/Communications/Funding Experts - 50 hours per week across (up to) 3 roles

The Disabled Person Assembly NZ (DPA) works on behalf of its membership with Government, local authorities and communities to make sure the views, aspirations and requirements of disabled people are being included.

We are seeking up to 3 people to share part-time roles to:

  • assist the National Policy and Relationships Manager to lead the development, engagement and monitoring of policy on behalf of DPA at local, national and international levels
  • lead the development and implementation of the DPA Communications Strategy
  • lead the development and implementation of the DPA Funding Strategy

We are looking for people with the following experience:
  • Knowledge of the issues facing disabled people and the methods by which sustainable policy can be developed and implemented to address them particularly within the Government Public Policy environment
  • Knowledge of the issues facing disabled people and the methods by which these issues can be bought before multiple audiences
  • Experience in working within the disability sector to develop commonly agreed outcomes
  • Well-developed analytical and relationship management skills
  • Success and demonstrable knowledge of communicating to diverse audiences
  • Success and demonstrable knowledge of diverse funding streams in the not-for-profit sector
  • Understanding of, or willingness to quickly master, the nuances of the disability sector

If any of these roles are for you, then please contact us. To apply for a role or receive a Job Description email myself or or Click here to find out more

All applications must include a cover letter and CV.  Applications close Friday, 1 December 2017 at 12pm.  DPA encourages disabled people to apply for these roles.

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

7.30pm, Saturday 9th December at the Auckland Domain. For more information visit

Get ready for changes to the East Auckland Network

On 10 December 2017, we will be launching a new bus network for East Auckland. Everything will change, including bus routes, route numbers, timetables and buses.
The new East Auckland bus network is part of a simpler, more integrated public transport network for Auckland.

Send Your Love

Write a Christmas card to elderly who will be lonely this Christmas.

Sending Love is about people and communities coming together to make a festive gesture towards another person who may experience loneliness over Christmas. It is one person putting love and thought into a card to pass a smile and a sense of feeling remembered and loved onto another person.

It is not an organisation, or a charity; Sending Love is a platform and vehicle to enable sending love from one individual to another. It is an avenue to teach communities and children about the power of a simple act of kindness, and the impact this can have on the recipient. It is also about raising awareness in communities across the country of what may be behind closed doors, the sad reality of the loneliness that exists around us all, and that each and every one of us are empowered and have the capacity to be part changing that.

Click here to find your nearest card drop-off location. The collection cut off date is Thursday 14th December 2017. For more information or little tips on what to write visit

Enabling participation for disabled young people

What facilitates full citizenship and participation for young people with vision, hearing and mobility impairments in Aotearoa/New Zealand?
This question is the basis of our current mixed-methods Health Research Council-funded research with young people aged 12-25 years. What do young people experience as enabling accessibility and participation? What do they experience as barriers? Where are the margins for change, for expanding ‘possibility’?

Like all citizens, disabled young people have major contributions to make to their communities, yet they can face substantial barriers to access and inclusion. The built environment and social attitudes can undermine mobility and participation.

In collaboration with the disability sector this study is working with young people living in Auckland aged 12-25 years with mobility, hearing and vision impairments to understand their everyday life experiences. The study combines interviews with questionnaires about everyday interests and activities, and getting around.

We accept the New Zealand Disability Strategy definition of disability as “the process which happens when one group of people create barriers by designing a world … taking no account of the impairments of others”. We want to hear your views, and we will use the research findings to educate local government and the wider community, and to support disability sector activism.

If you are interested in being involved and would like some more information, please contact us: 
Penelope Carroll                                     
SHORE and Whāriki Research               
Massey University                                             
(09) 366 6136 / mob. 027 4316 867    

Octavia Calder-Dawe 
SHORE and Whāriki Research
Massey University
(09) 366 6136 mob. 027 351 5385

Assistive Technology Survey

An action point in the New Zealand Disability Action Plan involves the collection of information in relation to assistive technologies An action point in the New Zealand Disability Action Plan involves the collection of information in relation to assistive technologies for disabled people. for disabled people. 
Assistive technologies takes the widest view possible i.e. products and related services that help people take part in everyday activities. They can be specifically designed for people with cognitive, physical and/or sensory impairments, or everyday technology that has been  modified.  Examples range from hearing aids, to smartphone apps that assist with communication, to power wheelchairs. The research, being conducted on behalf of the Disabled People’s Organisations, ACC, and other government agencies, examines how assistive technology makes a difference to the lives of disabled people; which technologies are being used, and what disabled people think of current government funding.
People can participate by completing the survey on-line, over the phone or by postal hard copy which includes an Easy Read version. Please circulate the information through your networks. Most importantly, we encourage you to participate and to provide your feedback by taking part in the survey. Go to
If you would prefer to do the survey over the phone or by postal hard copy (including an Easy Read version) please contact: Andrew Whitsed on 0800 825 5867 or email at

The results of the study will contribute to strengthening and updating the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018

Manurewa Lifelong Learning Fund

The Manurewa Local Board has funding available for people aged 55 and over engaging in learning activities in 2018/2019.

Funding of up to $2000 is available to those living in the Manurewa Local Board area. To apply simply pick up a form at the Manurewa Local Board office or Manurewa Library, 7 Hill Road, Manurewa, or contact Age Concern Counties Manukau on 09 297 4331 ext 817 or email Applicant workshops can be set up on request.

Parting Thought

"The undertaking of a new action brings new strength."  Richard L. Evans

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Royal Oak, Auckland

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Botany South, Auckland

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Ph: 09 550 3387

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