ILS February Newsletter 2017

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

  1. Introducing Lynette
  2. Chinese Oral Hygiene Workshop
  3. Useful ILS Products
  4. Conference Facility Hire
  5. Auckland Lantern Festival
  6. Geneva Healthcare's Cruise the Bays
  7. Show Your Ability 2017 is coming
  8. Pain Self Management Education Programme
  9. Counties Health Manukau
  10. Interacting community classes for young people with a disability
  11. Live your dream
  12. Japan Day
  13. Parting Thought

1. Introducing Lynette

ILS is pleased to introduce Lynette Southey-Ray, who joins the team as Finance Support. Lynette replaces Joanne Yee who retired to go travelling. As Lynette has a hearing impairment the best way to communicate with her is via email


2. Chinese Oral Hygiene Workshop

Learn more about oral hygiene from Dr Sanjaya Gamage from Bishop Dental Botany. (There will be a Chinese interpreter available).  The details are:

 Saturday 25th February
Time: 10:30 to 11:30am
Location: ILS Botany, 308 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South

Limited space available so booking are required. Please ring Xiu on 09 281 5027 to reserve a seat.


3. Useful ILS Products

Chrome Rails from $22 - available in three different sizes that can be used horizontally or vertically. Find out more.

Uccello PowerPour Kettle  - The effortless 'power-steering' pour action of the Uccello Kettle was designed using the unique PowerPour technology. Find out more.

Bariatric 22" Transit Wheelchair $695 - This robust yet economical transit wheelchair is the ideal choice for larger individuals, supporting up to 230kgs. It folds easily for storage or transportation and the removable armrests and swing-away leg rests assist with getting in and out of the chair. A great benefit for the user and caregivers. Find out more.


4.  Conference Facility Hire

Need an accessible venue for your meetings or groups this year? Look no further than ILS. Our conference facilities are fully accessible with kitchen facilities available. You can self cater or we can put you in contact with caterers. Competitive rates. To find out more email

5. Auckland Lantern Festival

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the 2017 Auckland Lantern Festival from Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 February, at the Auckland Domain.

Be entertained and dazzled by hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns, music and dance performances, traditional festivities, Chinese art and more – there's a range of activities for all ages.

Plus, it's free to attend!

Highlights include:

  • The spectacular illumination of hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns
  • A street full of stalls selling delicious Asian delicacies and crafts
  • Lantern making demonstrations
  • Stunning performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture including martial arts, dance and live music from international performers.

Read more information.


6. Geneva Healthcare's Cruise the Bays 2017 - Bubbles & Balloons Colour Cruise

Join us and celebrate life at Cruise The Bays 2017!  Enjoy an afternoon of racing, lunch, and entertainment.  All-inclusive, all-abilities fun run/walk/wheel along the picturesque pavements of Tamaki Drive, Auckland.

  • Chose from 3 exciting races:  500m, 1.5km, and 3km
  • Lunch and entertainment provided
  • Start training now!

Race Day: 10.30am - 2pm, Friday 10th March 2017, (Please bring your pre-paid event entry ticket)
Location: Mission Bay Fountain, Tamaki Drive, Auckland 
(Rain Day:  Monday 13th March)
For more info and to RSVP go to RSVP BY WEDNESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY.

7. Show Your Ability 2017 is coming

Show your Ability features all kinds of equipment for older and younger disabled people and older person care equipment.

Dates are:


  • Tuesday 14th February, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland 
  • Wednesday 15th February, Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton
  • Thursday 16th February, Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
  • Monday 20th February, Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, Christchurch
  • Tuesday 21st February, Edgar Stadium, Dunedin

The show hours are 9am - 3pm, admission and car parking are free. Click here for more information.


8. Pain Self Management Education Programme

This programme is for people with chronic pain lasting for more than 3 months. Topics will include

  • Healthy eating
  • Problem solving
  • Communications
  • Strategies for managing pain, fatigue and frustration

The details are:

Date: Wednesday 15th February, 10am - 12.30pm
Location: East Health Trust PHO, 260 Botany Road, Unit B, Golflands 2013 (behind East Care A&M)

To register please contact Shirley Bernhard, 09 538 0599 or email or ask your doctor or nurse about a referral. For more information about this programme contact David, Parvin or Shirley on 09 538 0599

9. Counties Manukau Health 

Counties Manukau Health would like to invite people who live with a disability or impairment (or have supported a person with a disability or impairment) and have received care in Counties Manukau Health within the last two years to share their experiences. 

This is being held on Wed 22 February 2017, 10am - 12.30pm in the Ko Awatea Building, Room 107 at Middlemore Hospital. 

For more information or to RSVP please contact or 021 235 9689.


10. Interacting community classes for young people with a disability

These fun, well run classes take place weekly during term time and give the opportunity to make friends, learn skills and build confidence. We operate out of four Auckland venues and classes are $10 per session.

  • Drama on Mondays in Takapuna with Janet- 1.00-2.30
  • Drama and film making on Thursdays in Manurewa, Film 10-12 & drama 12-2
  • Drama and Hip hop in Henderson on Fridays, drama is 9.30-11.30 and hip hop is 12-1.30
  • Drama in Mt Albert on Fridays with Marlon- 12.30-2pm

For more details check out, call Paula on 849 5595 or watch this short video


11. Live your dream

Live Your Dream  is a programme to inspire and build self-confidence and educate to recognize opportunities and adopt with the changing markets. The program encourages people to develop self-awareness and inspire their creative potential with a specific focus on their contribution to a more diverse New Zealand workforce and society.

We will be conducting series of workshops in Auckland communities on building creative confidence, skill assessing and creating entrepreneurial awareness. 

The workshop is to support people to formulate entrepreneurial thinking. Participants are motivated for starting their own enterprise and briefed on the opportunities available for such enterprises, keeping in mind the resources and technical feasibility.It’s beneficial for job seekers or who are considering entrepreneurial activities and wish to strengthen their professional network, are looking for talent, partners, or investors. 

Workshops are starting from Feb - Sept followed by Community Fair in Oct-Nov 2017 All workshops are FREE OF COST. Click here for more information.

12. Japan Day 2017

will be held on Sunday 26 February, 10am - 6pm at the Cloud & Shed 10, Queens Wharf. Admission is free and there will be lots to see including

  • Tea ceremony
  • Kimono trial
  • Taiko drums
  • Martial Arts
  • Ikebana
  • Bonsai
  • Origami
  • Calligraphy
  • and lots of stalls.

For more information see

13.  Parting Thought

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."  Maya Angelou

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