ILS June Newsletter 2016

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

  1. Congratulations to three ILS staff members this month
  2. Thank you Vero staff
  3. Events coming to ILS in June
  4. Jazz 610 Folding Walker
  5. Mobility Equipment Hire
  6. Always respected. Never abused.
  7. Disability Connect June seminars
  8. Making living with arthritis easier
  9. Well Parent and Well Children seminar for the Korean Community
  10. Nominate stars in your community now
  11. Winter Safety Tips
  12. Cervical and breast cancer screening participants wanted
  13. A change is on the cards
  14. Volunteers needed for Auckland Council photo shoots
  15. Parting Thought

1. Congratulations to two ILS staff members this month

Firstly, we are very pleased to announce that Felix Lin has just been awarded Information Consultant of the Year 2016 as the annual NZ Federation of Disability Information Centres' national conference held last week. This is one of the first times we've seen Felix speechless!

Secondly, congratulations to April Pierterse for completing her Certificate in Community Support (Disability Information Provision) Level 4. All her hard work has paid off.

And last but not least, we are pleased to congratulate Karen Beard Greer for receiving the 2016 President's Award for her contribution to the Federation of Disability Information Centres.

2. Thank you to Vero staff

We would like to acknowledge and thank the generosity of the Vero staff who cam and spent a day volunteering at our two ILS stores. This allowed ILS to pay it forward and donate a new wheelchair to Heart Kids NZ. For the recipient Katelyn and her family this was a much needed wheelchair that will enhance their current situation.

3. Events at ILS in June

Auckland Chinese Seniors Support and Caring Group will be having a guest speaker talking about healthy ageing and healthy eating. The details are:

When: Thursday 23rd June 2016
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Where: ILS Botany, 308 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South

To RSVP or find out more details please phone 09 281 5027 or email Xiu on

Seated Tai Chi with Master Zhou

Master Zhou will be returning to ILS to teach another seated Tai Chi class. The details will be confirmed shortly and updated on the events page on our website  Alternatively you can register your interest with Felix Lin - phone 09 625 0312 or email, and he will contact you directly.

Click here to see photo's of the last session of seated Tai Chi held at ILS in April or watch the video below.

4. Jazz 610 Folding Walker

A fresh and modern looking walker that integrates easily into day to day activities. Come in store and see for yourself today.

5. Mobility Equipment Hire

ILS offer a range of mobility equipment for short and long term hire. Our range includes 

  • wheelchairs & walkers
  • crutches
  • a mobility scooter
  • Competitive rates.
Click here to find out more or email

6.  Always respected. Never abused

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is being marked on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

It's estimated that up to 10% of people aged 65+ are victim to elder abuse or neglect – that’s up to 16,000 people living in Auckland. We need to educate our community to raise awareness and understanding of elder abuse, and encourage the public to adopt a no tolerance approach to elder abuse.

Age Concern Auckland will be offering free 30 minute talks through the week of 13th -17th June to raise awareness of elder abuse. Age Concern presenters will come to your organisation or community group.

Places are limited, so click here to book your free talk today.

7. Disability Connect June Seminars

See below for upcoming seminar being hosted by Disability Connect.

1) Education Legal Issues - learn about enrolment rights, decision processes around special education, processes around an ORS funding decline, requests to parents for teacher aide funding contributions, requests to parents for funding for student support at extra-curricular camps and activities, stand-downs, use of restraint, and much more. 

When: Tuesday 7th June
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where:Yes Disability Resource Centre, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany
To register: contact 09 636 0351 or email

2) Individualised Funding including Respite - creating new, flexible ways of taking a break.
When: Tuesday 14th June
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where:Disability Connect, 3b Olive Road, Penrose
To register: contact Gabi Zundorf on 09 636 0351.

3) Work and Income - will explain the types of Work and Income supports which individuals may be eligible for if living with a disability or raising a child with a disability. Eligibility criteria will be explained – also whether particular supports are means tested or not, and income thresholds if they are.

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

When: Tuesday 21st June
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where:Disability Connect, 3b Olive Road, Penrose
To register: contact 09 636 0351 or email

NB: Disability Connect now charge $20 incl GST for each professional attending these seminars.

8. Making Living with Arthritis Easier

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 of the next presentations are: 
Topic: Inflammatory Arthritis with Dr R Stuart, Rheumatologist
Date: Wednesday 27 July
Where: AF block Foyer, Main Entrance, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Time: 6pm - 7pm Supper and Support Grou followed by 7pm - 8.15pm Presentation.

Topic: Hip, knee, ankle and foot surgery with Mr M Debenham, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Date: Saturday 30 July
Where: The University of Auckland Clinics Function Hall, Gate 1, building 730, Room 220, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes
Time: Either 10am - 11am or 11.30am - 12.30pm

There is no charge to attend, but Arthritis New Zealand welcome donations. For more information or to register, phone 0800 663 463 or email


9. Well Parents and Well Children Seminar for the Korean Community

This is seminar is jointly hosted by Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (NCSST), Koreran Community Wellness Society (KCWS) and Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB). Its aim is to:

  • provide young Korean women with relevant infomation relating to pregnancy and giving birth
  • provide Korean mothers with the relevant information relating to mental health problems during their pregnancy and the postnatal period.
  • help young Korean parents learn child rearing skills and develop their own knowledge through the resources such as the attachment parenting.
  • encourage young Korean parents and extended family members to network and share their experiences in child rearing.

The details are: 
When: Thursday 23 June
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Where: AMI Netball Centre Conference Hall, 44 Northcote Road, Northcote

Please RSVP by email to Maya ( or ph 09 570 9099 or 021 346 316 by 17 June 2016 for catering purposes.


10. Nominate stars in your community now!

Help shine a light on the achievements of New Zealanders living with a disability.

Categories include

  • Attitude Artisitc Achievement
  • Attitude Emerging Athlete
  • Attitude Youth Spirit
  • Attitude Sporting Spirit
  • The Spirit of Attitude
  • Attitude ACC Employer
  • Attitude Entrepreneur
  • Attitude Making a Difference

Nominate online at before 4pm Friday 8th July.

11. Winter Safety Tips

The cooler weather is upon us and here are some winter safety tips from the Burn Support Group Charitable Trust Inc. to keep you safe this winter. 

  1. Have a smoke alarm in each living space in the house and test them monthly.
  2. "A metre from the heater" keep this a rule for sitting or placing items from the heater.
  3. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  4. Heating devices including fires should be screened with a proper fireguard and never left unattended.
  5. Do not hang clothes on the heater to dry.
  6. Have your electric blankets tested annually by a qualified electrician.
  7. Never leave a child unattended in the bath or shower.

For other helpful information see

12. Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Participants Wanted

Do you have a physical, hearing or sight disability? Are you aged between 20 - 69?

It does not matter if you have had screening or not, your answers are important to us.
Why this study? There is no information about New Zealand women living with a disability’s use of cervical and breast screening. This survey aims to find out more.   

We are looking for 300 women from throughout New Zealand who:

  • have a physical, hearing, or sight 20-impairment,
  • or are Deaf,
  • are aged between 20 – 69 years

What is involved? Answering an online survey to gather information about you and your use (or non-use) of cervical and/or breast screening in New Zealand.

The questionnaire is accessible: its font can be changed and the questions are also in New Zealand Sign Language.  It is also available as a Word or paper copy. Unless you decide when you have filled in the survey to go into the draw for the Westfield vouchers, no one will know your nameAll the information collected will be stored securely and will only be used for this study.    

Click here to connect to more information about the survey or copy and paste this address into your webserver finder.

If you have any issues accessing the survey and for further information about the study or other versions of the questionnaire please contact Deborah Payne; (09) 921 9999, extn 7112; email or Agnes Terraschke; email:

13. A change is on the cards....

The SuperGold public transport concession is switching at AT HOP. Do you, or someone you know, use a SuperGold card to get a travel concession on Auckland buses, trains and ferries? 

If you do, from 1 July 2016, there will be changes that affect the concession. These were announced by the Ministry of Transport last year. 
From 1 July, you will need to use an AT HOP card loaded with your SuperGold card concession, in order to travel free on trains and selected buses and ferries in Auckland after 9am weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays. You will no longer be able to use your SuperGold card to do this. Visit our website for a list of services that provide free SuperGold travel. 
If you already have your SuperGold concession loaded onto an AT HOP card, you don’t need to do anything. 
To help you load your AT HOP card with your concession, we have put together a SWAP to AT HOP pack, which outlines the simple steps you need to take. 
We suggest you order your pack as soon as possible to avoid any last minute rush. Find out more about the change or order your SWAP to AT HOP pack now.

14. Volunteers needed for Auckland Council photo shoots

We are aiming to gather a collection of natural images of Aucklanders of different ages, genders and ethnicities with different access needs, living their lives in Auckland - could you help?

We are expanding the variety of images we currently have in the council image bank. Our aim is to capture photos of Aucklanders with disabilities going about their everyday lives whether at work, at school, at events, out and about being active and engaging with their community. We want photos that we can use for a whole range of stories - not just for stories about disability or access.  For want of a better phrase, we want to 'normalise' seeing imagery of disabled people being part of Auckland - rather than only use them solely in relation to disability issues.
Once in the image bank, the images will be used in various Auckland Council messages – including online articles, advertising campaigns, in print and the OurAuckland magazine. We have a professional photographer on staff who will coordinate the shoots and locations and will send you the images afterwards if you would like them.

If you would be interested in taking part in a photo shoot for us, we would love to hear from you.  Please email or call Anne-Marie Scown on 021 759 115 during business hours.  

15. Parting Thought

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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