ILS June Newsletter 2017

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

  1. AgePlus joins ILS
  2. Auckland Seniors Support and Caring group June meeting
  3. Alzheimer's workshop for the Korean Community
  4. Navy Blended Wool Socks
  5. Book Seat
  6. White 8" Scissor Walker
  7. Comfy Lift Chair
  8. AT Hop accessible concession process
  9. Have your say to help us create the world's most liveable city
  10. Individualised Funding including Respite
  11. Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tatou
  12. Education Webinars from Youth Law
  13. Save the date for the transition expo
  14. Parting Thought

1. AgePlus joins ILS

AgePlus was started 5 years ago by Tanja and Bjorn Binzegger.  Tanja and Bjorn worked to support the Browns Bay Senior Community by providing a range of services and equipment to enhance positive aging. 

In 2016 the opportunity came for the Binzeggers’ to return home to Switzerland and Tanja approached ILS to become the new owner of AgePlus.  This was a natural fit for ILS, a trusted community owned, not for profit organisation with the same philosophical underpinning as AgePlus.  ILS is looking forward to continuing to support the Browns Bay and North Shore Communities through its long-standing networks. 

If you have any queries come and chat to one of the team - they are located at 89 Clyde Road, Browns Bay, ph 09 550 3387, email or


2. Auckland Seniors Support and Caring Group Meeting

Come along and listen to Winnie Nai San Wong, a lawyer from Murdoch Price Lawyers give free law information.  The details are: 

When: 1:30-3:30pm 22nd June Thursday
Where : ILS Botany, 308 Te Irirangi Dr, Botany South

Seats are limited so please RSVP to 
Xiu, 09-2815027 between 9:30am to 3:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday, or 
Lily, 09-9636259 between 9am to 3pm, Thursday,


3. Alzheimer's Workshop for the Korean Community

ILS will be hosting an Alzhiemer's workshop with Maria Co (Alzheimer's NZ) for the Korean community and service providers to learn about:

  • what is dementia/Alzheimer's?
  • the warning signs and symptoms
  • what we can do, what services are available and how to manage if you have Alzheimer's

Date: Tuesday 20th June
Time:  11.00 to 12.00pm
Location: Hanouri Korean Church, 59 View Road, Glenfield, North Shore
To attend please rsvp to or 022 6424 877. This workshop will be conducted in English with a Korean translation provided.


4.  Navy Blended Wool Socks

For added warmth, comfort and safety these 'Grip Anti Slip' socks are ideal.  Available in a range of colours.  

Find out more here.

5. Book Seat

There is nothing better than being able to snuggle up in bed or on the couch in the sun with a good book.  The book seat allows for hands free reading.  It can be used to hold books, magazines or tablets and help relieve any discomfort associated with holding a book for an extended period of time. Find out more here.


6. Scissor Walker White 8 inch

A very modern and stylish scissor folding design with many great features. With a strong aluminium frame, anatomically-designed handgrips, arthritic friendly loop cable brakes, height adjustable handles, integral canvas seat, padded backrest, integral walking stick holder and a detachable shopping bag. The walker folds flat for travel and is ideal for storing when not in use. Find out more

7. Comfy Lift Chair 

The name says it all - the Comfy lift/recliner chair is a little gem!  It incorporates all the latest innovative technology in fully automatic lift mechanism systems.  

Find out more here.


8. AT Hop accessible concession process

Auckland Transport are reviewing the AT HOP accessible concession process and would like to hear your feedback, about any issues/problems you have experienced or anyone you know in terms of getting the card. 

Please contact Anna Haggerty via email and she will contact you about the next steps. 


9. Have your say to help us create the world's most liveable city

Every three years Auckland’s 21 local boards develop a local board plan, which help guide decisions on local activities and projects.
Plans reflect your community’s priorities and preferences and influence how local boards work with others for the benefit of Auckland’s communities.

They also influence how local boards provide input into Auckland Council’s regional strategies and plans, such as the 10-year budget.

Please read your local board area's draft plan, then use the online feedback form to tell us what you think. Full draft plans are also available at libraries, service centres and local board offices.

Public feedback is open until 4pm on Friday 30 June 2017.
Have your say in person

You can also share your feedback in person at your local meetings. A full list of dates can be found in the local board tab, or by calling your local board office.

After consultation closes on 30 June, the local boards will review all feedback and use it to help shape the final local board plans. The final plans will be adopted by October 2017.

10. Individualised Funding including Respite

The Ministry of Health Disability Support Services now include access to Respite (including Carer Support) under Individualised Funding, for eligible families. 

This creates new, flexible ways of taking a break. This seminar will explore all aspects of Individualised Funding including Respite.

If you are a disabled person, parent or guardian of a disabled person, you might want more choice about how services will be delivered, when they will be delivered and who will provide your government funded support. Individualised funding helps you:

  • Employ the support staff you want in your life – people who understand your culture, priorities, preferences and lifestyle choices.
  • Set your own timetable so support staff come and go as you want, so you can build stronger relationships and enjoy a better social life.
  • Source flexible Respite care that best benefits your family (short stay, overnight stay, in-home, in-facility, etc).
  • Identify new sources of support.
  • Take charge of who enters your life and reclaim your priorities.

Details are: 
When: Monday 12th June 7-9pm
Where: Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

Disability Connect now charges $50 including GST for each professional (working in the
disability sector) attending our seminars. There is no charge for parents or family members attending. RSVP is essential: 09 636 0351 or


11. Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tatou 

Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tātou is an education programme that helps disability support services ensure disabled people’s human rights are upheld in everyday practice.
The Disabled Persons Assembly and Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui have developed this programme which examines human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Convention) in the unique cultural context of Aotearoa.

The FREE two day workshop, led by disabled people, provides a framework that will help you:

  • build your knowledge of human rights concepts
  • strengthen your understanding of the Disability Convention 
  • review your current practice and ensure you can apply the Disability Convention on a day to day basis
  • create a network of human rights defenders.
You will receive a programme manual which is only available to people who attend the workshop.

Location:  The Spencer on Byron Hotel, 9-17 Byron Ave, Takapuna Beach, Auckland 0622
Dates:  21st and 22nd June 2017
Time:  9.30am - 3.30pm
Register:  Click here to register your attendance
Contact:  Alley Steenhuis,, (09) 261 3426
For more information go to or contact Frances Anderson at 

12. Education Webinars from Youth Law

YouthLaw has created a series of education webinars available on their YouTube channel, including on Supporting Families of Students with Special Educational Needs. Click here to have a look.

13. Save the date for the Transition Expo 

The progression from school to community life - Tuesday 8 August 2017 at the Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden from 9am until 2pm.

14. Parting Thought

"Change your thoughts and you change your world. " Norman Vincent Peale

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