ILS July Newsletter 2016

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

  1. Ernie enjoying his new scooter
  2. Well done Kaz Howlett, ILS Mobile Service Manager
  3. Seated Tai Chi
  4. Seminar for health care professionals, students and those supporting seniors
  5. Live Smart, Independent and in Control
  6. Get the scooter with attitude
  7. Conference Facility Hire
  8. How can we create vibrant healthy cities for everyone, regardless of age or social status?
  9. Nominations for the 2016 Attitude Awards are still open
  10. 2016 Arthritis Education Series
  11. Transition Expo
  12. A sneak peek of what's to come at this year's NZ International Film Festival
  13. Dance Therapy Term 3 programme
  14. Keen to do some volunteering?
  15. Parting Thought

1. Ernie enjoying his new scooter

Kelly Wright and Ernie enjoying his new scooterBack in May ILS were asked to facilitate the gifting of a mobility scooter from owner who could no longer use it to someone who would be able to enjoy the freedom a mobility scooter can bring.

Here is Kelly Wright, from Age Concern with Ernie enjoying the scooter.

2. Well done Kaz Howlett

We have received great feedback from the Tahutimai Guides after a visit from Kaz Howlett, ILS Mobile Service Manager.

Kaz attended a Guide Meeting to help the guides achieve their disability badge.  Kaz showed them a range of different equipment available that can make simple tasks easier and help keep people independent longer.

So if you are looking for an interactive guest speaker that will suit all age give Kaz a call on 0800 625 100 or send her an email ( 


3. Seated TaiChi

Master Zhou will be returning to ILS to teach another seated Tai Chi class. The details are:

Date: Saturday 9th July 2016 from 1pm - 3pm
Location: ILS Conference Room, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

You can register your interest with Felix Lin - phone 09 625 0312 or email, and he will contact you directly.

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

The next seminar for educating those in support roles on equipment and services to enable safe and independent living will be held in August. The details are:

Date: Thursday 18th August 2016 from 7pm 
Location: ILS Conference Room, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

To reserve a seat please click here or phone Kaz Howlett on 09 625 0322 or email

5. Live Smart, Independent and In Control

Smart Living have a range of technology products and systems that provide living independence for people with physical impairments through age or disability. Come and see the display at our Botany Store to find out more or visit

6. Get the scooter with attitude!

We have a second hand Sportrider (in very good condition) in our Royal Oak Showroom waiting for a new owner.

The Sportrider is a unique 3-wheel motorcycle inspired outdoor, sporty scooter! Features include full digital display speedometer/odometer, full suspension system, adjustable high-back seat and powerful front/rear lighting kit.

Come in-store to Royal Oak and have a look for yourself.

7.  Conference Facility Hire

Are you looking for accessible conference facilities in central Auckland, close to 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, to find out more email

8. How can we create vibrant healthy cities for everyone, regardless of age or social status?

What is the role of streets - the largest public space in any city? How can parks improve the quality of life that attracts and retains people to their communities? 

In association iwth 2WALKandCYCLE 2016 Conference, Auckland, Gil Penalosa answers these questions while also explaining a simple and effective principle for inclusive city building: ensuring the safety and joy of children and older adults (from 8 year olds to 80 year olds) are at the forefront of every decision we make in our cities. Drawing on his experience as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in Bogota, Gil presents some of the now widely celebrated approaches to urban regeneration through investments in parks and public spaces. Gil also draws upon examples from cities around the world which demonstrate the power of parks and public space in making lives happier, communities better, and economies stronger. 

The details are:
Date: Wednesday 6 July 2016, doors open at 5pm
Where: Lower NZI, Aotea Centre, Central Auckland

Please click here to register to attend

9. Nominations for the 2016 Attitude Awards are still open

Remember to nominate someone you think deserves recognition in the 2016 Attitude Awards.

Attitude will be saluting artists, sportsmen and women, people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues, young and old. They will pay tribute to the employers who work alongside people with disabilities to ensure they are able to contribute their skills to society and live full and satisfying lives.

Nominations close Friday 8th July - click here to nominate.


10. 2016 Arthritis Education Series

Arthritis New Zealand, in collaboration with The University of Auckland’s Health and Performance Clinic and AUT University, is presenting a series of interactive educational sessions, discussing different conditions with information about the management of arthritis, techniques for relief and alternative therapies for people living with arthritis.

The presentations are suitable for people living with arthritis, their family, friends and health professionals interested in knowing more about arthritis.

Details for the July presentations are: 

Topic: Inflammatory Arthritis with Dr R Stuart, Rheumatologist
Date: Wednesday 27th July from 7 - 8.15pm
Where: AUT University, AF Block Foyer, Main Entrance, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

Topic: Hip, knee, ankle & foot surgery with Mr M Debenham, Orthopaedic Surgeon
How to start and keep exercising with Department of Exercise Science, University of Auckland
Date: Saturday 30th July, 10am - 11am & 11.30am - 12.30pm
Where: The University of Auckland Clinics Function Hall, Gate 1, Building 730, Room 220, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes

For more information or to register, phone 0800 663 463 or email


11. Transition Expo 2016

The progression from school to community lift. Hosted by Disability Connect & Ministry of Social Development (MSD). 

There will be

  • free entry
  • plenty of street parking
  • a fully accessible venue
  • information pack given to each family
  • coffee van and bakery stall for purchase of refreshments – bring along plenty of $1 and $2 coins to make purchasing easy

The details are:
When: Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Where: Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland (map link below)
Time: 9am – 2.00pm

Click here or please contact Disability Connect for futher information on phone (09) 636-0351 or email  No need to RSVP - see you on Tuesday 2nd August.

12. A sneak peek of what's to come at this year's NZ International Film Festival

Doglegsa provactive documentary about members of a Tokyo fight club where the disabled enter the ring to battle each other and the able-bodied, presented by guest expat Kiwi filmmaker Heath Cozens.

High Rise - in Ben Wheatley's ambitious, wildly disorienting adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel, tenants of a high-tech skyscraper slip into a literal class war. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and Elisabeth Moss.

TannaAustralian documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler collaborated with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this ravishing cinematic expression of traditional culture and forbidden love.

The Rehearsal - unpacking the dramas that energise a class of budding young actors, The Rehearsal mounts an enticing inquisition of performance, identity and moral anxiety with resonance far beyond its hothouse setting.

The first leg of this year's NZ International Film Festival (NZIFF) opens in Auckland on 14th July and then throughout New Zealand until September. See below for the dates: 

  • Auckland 14 – 31 July
  • Wellington 22 July - 7 August
  • Christchurch 28 July - 14 August
  • Nelson 3 - 24 August
  • Timaru 11 - 21 August
  • Dunedin 4 - 21 August
  • Gore 11 - 21 August
  • Hamilton 17 August - 11 September
  • Tauranga 18 August - 11 September
  • Palmerston North 18 August - 4 September
  • Masterton 31 August - 14 September
  • New Plymouth 1 - 18 September
  • Hawke's Bay 1 - 18 September
Click here for more information.

13. Dance Therapy Term 3 Programme Details

STARS Dance Therapy Groups:
Mt Albert - Wednesday groups: 3 August until 21 September

  • 3.30pm (school age)
  • 4.15pm (teenage)
  • 5.15pm (teenage, higher functioning)

Onehunga - Tuesday groups: 2 August until 20 September

  • 3.45pm (school age)
  • 4.45pm (school age/tweens)

Northcote - Saturday groups: 30 July until 24th September (no session 10 September)

  • 11.00am (school age)
  • 12.15pm (tweens + teenage)

Pakuranga - Friday groups: 5 August until 23 September

  • 3.30pm (school age)
  • 4.15pm (school age)

Arts 4 Us Specialty Group
Orakei - Monday groups - 1 August until 19 September

  • 3:45pm-4:45pm (school aged children)
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm (tweens+teenage)

Drop-In Programmes
Arts 4 Us

  • Oranga - Tuesdays 4:00pm,  2 August – 20 September
  • Mt Wellington - Wednesdays 3:00pm, 3 August – 21 September
  • Panmure - Thursdays 3:15pm, 4 August – 22 September

Dance 4 Us

  • Onehunga (Adults with special needs) Tuesdays 1:30pm, 2 August – 20 September
  • Henderson (Adults with special needs) Fridays 11:00am, 5 August – 23 September

Click here for more information.


14. Keen to do some volunteering?

We are looking for a Board Secretary to assist with monthly minute taking and a small amount of Board administrative work.  

This is typically 4 - 5 hours per month. The Board meetings are scheduled the last Friday of every month from 7am -9am. Ideally we are looking someone with experience in minute taking.

If this sounds of interest to you, please contact Karen Beard-Greer via email for more information.

15. Parting Thought

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible."  Francis of Assisi
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Contact Us

0800 625 100

Royal Oak Store

14 Erson Ave, PO Box 24 042,

Royal Oak, Auckland

Ph: 09 625 0322

Royal Oak Store Open:

Weekdays: 8:30am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Botany Store

308 Te Irirangi Drive,

Botany South, Auckland

Ph: 09 281 5027

Botany Store Open:

Monday - Saturday: 9am-5pm

Browns Bay

89 Clyde Road,

Browns Bay, Auckland

Ph: 09 550 3387

Browns Bay Store Open:

Monday - Saturday: 9am-4.30pm