ILS February Newsletter 2016

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

  1. Seminar for health care professionals, students and those supporting seniors
  2. Listen to Tony Howe's interview with the NZ Chinese Radio Station FM90.6
  3. Conference Facility Hire
  4. Show your ability expo 2016
  5. All aboard this Waitangi Day
  6. Primary Birthing Consultation
  7. New double decker buses to explore Auckland
  8. Myers Park Medley bring fun, art, music to an inner city park
  9. My Life, My Way - a Manawanui workshop
  10. Find relief carers and support workers with the National Carer Matching service
  11. Work & Income support seminars
  12. Celebrate Chinese New Year at the 2016 Auckland Lantern Festival
  13. Indian Families with Children of Special Needs support group meeting
  14. Looking to extend your interest this year?
  15. Parting Thought

1. Seminar for health care professionals, students and those supporting seniors

Come along to a seminar educating those in support roles on equipment  and services to enable safe and independent daily living 

Time and date: 7pm on Wednesday 17th February 2015
Location: ILS, 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak

Parking is available up the driveway

Tea and coffee is provided. Please click here to register your interest or contact Kaz Howlet on 09 625 0322 or via email (

Come along to a seminar educating those in support roles on equipment 

2. Listen to Tony Howe's interview with the Chinese Radio station FM90.6

Felix Lin, our Chinese Information Consultant recently arranged an exclusive interview between the NZ Chinese Radio Station FM90.6 and Tony Howe, our generic disability information specialist and access advisor.
The FM90.6 is one of the most popular Chinese Radio station’s in Auckland. 

Click here to listen to the interview

3. Conference Facility Hire

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

Based in Royal Oak, Auckland, ILS conference facilities are designed to make your meeting a success. All ILS conference facilities are fully accessible for all mobility and auditory requirements. Competitive rates offered. To find our more email

4. Show your ability expo 2016

Show your ability is the only opportunity for people with disabilities, their whanau and health professionals to see the entire range of equipment available in New Zealand first hand. It features all kinds of equipment for older and younger disabled people and older persons care equipment.  Details are:

Auckland, ASB Showgrounds Greenlane, 9am-3pm, Tuesday 23rd Feb
Hamilton, Claudelands Exhibitions Centre, 9am-3pm, Wednesday 24th Feb
Palmerston North, Arena Manawatu, 9am - 3pm, Thursday 25th Feb
Christchurch, Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 9am-2pm, Monday 29th Feb
Dunedin, Edgar Centre, 9am- 1pm, Tuesday 1st March

Admission is free and all are welcome.

5. All aboard this Waitangi Day!

The Manukau Live Steamers invite you to the annual Waitangi Day free day for children with special needs and their families. The details are:

Date: Saturday 6th February 2016 from 11am
Where: Centre Park, Robertson Road, Mangere

Come along and have a free Mad Butcher sausage sizzle lunch and ride the trains for the day. Don't forget to bring along a named drink bottle for free drinks. For further information phone Lynne on 09 535 8577 or 021 959106.

6. Primary Birthing Consulation

Waitemata DHB has launched a consultation on proposed new primary birthing units for West Auckland and the North Shore. Primary birthing units are places where healthy women with no complications can give birth, then stay for a day or two afterwards. They are staffed by midwives and have a relaxed homely feel. They are family friendly and partners are often able to stay overnight. 

This consultation is important to help the DHB understand where a primary birthing unit should be located, what facilities should be there and how the unit should be managed. It will help us to understand what would encourage the community to use the unit. As part of that consultation, there will be a number of community forums in West Auckland and the North Shore. A NZ Sign Language interpreter will be provided on request at the general community events which will be held on:

  • Saturday 20 February from 10-12 at the Netball Centre, 44 Northcote Road, Northcote
  • Wednesday 24 February from 10-12 at Ranui Baptist Church, 464 Swanson Road, Ranui

Please register to attend and request an interpreter online or by email to Further information about primary birthing and the consultation, including the ability to provide feedback online and detail of the other community forums is at this direct link or Health Voice (

7. New double decker buses to explore Auckland

You may already have ridden on one of the new double decker buses. But if you haven't now's your chance to find out all about them.

Auckland Transport is bringing two types of double decker bus to the Blind Foundation so people can climb around them and get your bearings before you have to deal with the real thing in our streets.  The details for the “show and tell” are:

Date: Saturday 27 February at 1:00pm
Location: In the carpark at Āwhina House, 545 Parnell Road, Auckland

8. Meyers Park Medley

The Myers Park Medley is all about the community coming together to celebrate what makes Myers Park unique and the culture that surrounds it so much fun. It is a free, all family, full day event bringing entertainment, art, fun and music to this much loved park.

The details are:
Date: Sunday 28th February from 12pm
Where: Myers Park, 72 Greys Avenue, Auckland

9. "My Life, my way" a Manawanui workshop

Manawanui in Charge – “My Life, my Way” – is an event that showcases the lives of three individuals who have developed and implemented their own Good Life.  There will be an opportunity at the end of each presentation to ask questions of the presenters. The details for this event are:

Date: Tuesday 8th March from 10am - 2pm
Location: Saint Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland.

For information click here or complete this registration form and email to

10. Find relief carers and support workers with the National Carer matching service

Do you have a disability or support a disabled person under the age of 65? If so, you may be eligible to use this free new service, developed for people with disabilities and their families to help them easily connect with relief carers in their areas.

Operated by Carers NZ and its online partner, MyCare, the National Carer Matching Service is funded by the Ministry of Health.  You can ask your NASC to refer you to the service, or self-refer by contacting Jude at Carers NZ (phone 0800 777 797 or send an email to An information sheet about the service is attached.

Once you've been referred to the National Carer Matching Service by your NASC, or completed the registration process with help, you will be able to: 

  • Post jobs seeking relief carers in your area at the MyCare website
  • View profiles of available workers/relief carers at MyCare
  • Directly message them to make arrangements to meet and/or use their services

Hundreds of workers from around the country have created profiles at MyCare. If you need support workers or relief carers, it could be an answer to finding help in your community!


11. Work and Income Support Seminars

For individuals and families raising a child with a disability. Disability Connect is running six seminars in Auckland to explore Work and Income supports related to disability. This seminar is hosted by Disability Connect and will be presented by Vaughan Dodd and colleagues (Work and Income Disability Advisors). 

The main Work and Income supports being discussed are:


  • Supported Living Payment
  • Accommodation Supplement
  • Child Disability Allowance
  • Disability Allowance
  • Supported Living Payment – Care of Sick and Infirm

As Work and Income Disability Advisors these presenters cannot participate in personal discussions regarding individual’s circumstances. Their presentation will be broad and informational. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available from 30 minutes prior to the start of the seminar.

The locations for the seminars are:

South Auckland
Date: Wednesday 17th February 7-9pm 
Location: Rosehill Special School, 48 Rosehill Drive, Papakura

Central Auckland
Date: Thursday 3rd March 7-9pm
Location: Mt Richmond School, 30 Albion Road, Otahuhu

North Auckland
Date: Wednesday 16th March 7-9pm
Location: YES Disability Resource Centre, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany

Central Auckland
Date: Date: Wednesday 6th April 7-9pm
Location: Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

West Auckland
Date: Tuesday 3rd May 7-9pm
Location: Westwave Pool and Leisure Centre, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson

Central Auckland
Date: Tuesday 21st June 7-9pm
Location: Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

Disability Connect now charges $20 including GST for each professional attending these seminars. To book please contact Disability Connect on phone (09) 636-0351 or email


12. Celebrate Chinese New Year at the 2016 Auckland Lantern Festival

This year the festival is moving to a new venue this year – the Auckland Domain – so there’s more room than ever before. Be entertained and dazzled by more than 800 handmade Chinese lanterns, thrilling on-stage performances, traditional festivities, Chinese art and more – and there's a range of activities for all ages. Plus, it's free to attend!

Highlights include: 

  • The spectacular illumination of over 800 handmade Chinese lanterns
  • A street full of stalls selling delicious Asian delicacies and crafts
  • Lantern making demonstrations
  • Stunning on-stage performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture including martial arts, dance and live music from international performers
  • Grand finale fireworks display

The details are:

Date: 18 - 21 February from 5pm
Where: Auckland Domain

Click here for more information

13. Indian Families with Children of special needs support group meeting

Disability Connect is delighted to announce the first 2016 Indian Families with Children of Special Needs Support Group meeting in February. Parents are concerned for the future and wellbeing of their children as they get older. The topic of this meeting will be on legal issues relevant to people with a disability. Topics covered will relate to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act and include Welfare Guardianship, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Property Management, Wills and Trusts (important for preserving assets for a family member with a disability). We welcome all Indian families to attend.
The details are:

Date: Thursday 18 February from 5pm till 8pm
Where: Whanau Room, Mt Richmond School, 30 Albion Road, Otahuhu, Auckland

Click here for more information


14. Looking to extend your interested this year?

Acumen are offering a range of different courses throughout 2016. These course are free and contain online modules. 

Click here for more information.

15. Parting Thought

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