ILS March Newsletter 2018

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

  • Have our say on "safe and accessible facilities for the whole community"
  • Hot offer
  • Conference Facility Hire
  • Hearing Awareness Week 2018: 3rd - 9th March
  • Are you interested in learning how to make essential oils from herbs and flowers?
  • Legends in the park Otara
  • Connect! Have Fun! Be entertained!
  • Auckland have your say is on now
  • Take part in Auckland Disability Law's community survey
  • Auckland Arts Festival is underway from 1 - 25 March
  • Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board are supporting free events for Seniors living in Otara
  • Join the 2108 Walk for Dementia
  • NZDSN Annual Conference 2018
  • Are you sick of scrambling from one funding round to the next?
  • Unable to pay your water bill?
  • Are you looking for a second hand mobility vehicle?
  • Parting though

Have your say on "safe and accessible facilities for the whole community"

Julianne McEldowney will be facilitating an upcoming consultation session for Be. Accessible as part of the Local Board’s commitment to “safe and accessible facilities for the whole community”, by reviewing the current state of several key parks in the Puketapapa Local Board area.

We would like to invite key stakeholders in the Puketapapa Local Board area to provide their feedback on local parks. We are looking for people who have a physical or cognitive impairment, parents with young children, caregivers, speak English as a second language or people aged 65 and over.

There are two ways feedback can be provided:

1) Take part in a short 3-minute survey, so we can find out how you would like to see parks improved in the Puketapapa Local Board area. To begin the survey please click the link:

2) Attend one of our consultation sessions, facilitated by Julianne McEldowney, at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park and Monte Cecilia Park to discuss any issues and opportunities for greater accessibility. Please see details below:


  • Mt Roskill War Memorial Park consultation, Monday March 26th 10am – 11.30pm
  • Monte Cecilia Park consultation, Thursday March 29th 10am – 11.30pm

If you would like to attend please contact Lauren Wetini by email: or phone: 09 309 8966.  If you have any access needs we can assist with, or require a NZ Sign Language Interpreter please let Lauren know.


Hot Offer


Conference Facility Hire

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

ILS conference facilities are designed to make your meeting a success - fully accessible for all mobility and auditory requirements and competitive rates. To find out more email


Hearing Awareness Week 2018: 3rd March - 9th March

It's never too early to start looking after your hearing.

The National Foundation for the Deaf is extending World Hearing Day on 3 March 2018 in New Zealand into a week of awareness-raising to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

The World Health Organization says that noise exposure is the biggest cause of permanent hearing damage around the world – and it’s avoidable. 

Hearing loss matters – go to for information on how to take care of your ears before your hearing is permanently damage

Are you interested in learning how to make essential oils from herb and flowers?

Are you interested in learning how to make essential oils from herbs and flowers? Are you intrigued by the idea of collecting your own Aromatic Therapeutic Hydrosol? Come along to the Dig It! Garden where experienced distiller Andrina Eyles will show you how to set up an Alembic still and offer demonstrations of the distillation processes involved in making these products. 

Bring your questions along to share and learn.

The details are: 
When: 10am-3pm, Saturday 10 March
Where: Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak
Cost: $40. Morning tea and workshop notes provided.

To book, contact: or 021 0833 7868 (text)

Legends in the Park - Otara

The deadline for applying to tutor taster classes in May and June during New Zealand Sign Language Week 2018 has beeLegends is a seniors programme for those on the better side of 50. Come along and join instructor, Christine Mercer for a fun workout in the great outdoors – great music, good times, simple effective moves.
The details are: 
When: 10am-11am, Friday 9 March
Where: Totara Park, Manurewa

When: 10am-11am, Friday 23 March
Where: Otamariki Park, East Tamaki Road, Otaran extended until February 14th.

Connect! Have Fun! Be Entertained!

Did we mention lunch is provided too!  Come along to the Seniors Showcase and find out the secret to a long life.

The details are:
When: Monday 12 March
Time: 9.30 - 3.00pm
Where: Fickling Centre, Three Kings
Please RSVP by 8 March to or 021 2747442 for catering purposes. If you are needing transport also contact 021 2747442.

Auckland have your say is on now

What would you like Auckland Council to include in their 10-year plan?  What matters to you and your family?  What would make living in Auckland the best place to be?

Some key ideas may involve accessible parking, for example establish more accessible car parks, monitor their use and hold people to account who use them without the mobitliy parking permit.  More accessible toilet facilities and adult change spaces, accessible and welcoming playgrounds?
Have your say today. Click here for more information.

Take part in Auckland Disability Law's community survey

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) works with disabled people around their disability related legal issues, and provide legal education and law reform work within the community. 
The Ministry of Justice, our primary funder, is currently doing a Community Law Funding Review of the 24 Community Law Centres (CLCs) in Aotearoa New Zealand.  CLCs have had a funding freeze for the last eight years.  While ADL is now able to do some work across Aotearoa New Zealand, our primary funding level has remained largely the same as when we only worked in Auckland. 
ADL believes there is a need for a properly resourced national disability legal service, and that ADL should be adequately funded to do this role.  ADL is keen to hear if you agree with ADL’s position and what you would need from a national disability legal service going forward.

Fill in the ADL Community Survey Now!
To request the ADL Community Survey in audio or braille format, or a printed copy, or to provide feedback by phone, please contact ADL on 0800 ADL 001 (0800 235 001), text 027 457 5140 or email
The survey closes on 14 March 2018. 
To find out more about ADL, visit ADL's website

Auckland Arts Festival is underway from 1st - 25th March

All 'access events' are $20 tickets to reduce that cost barrier (woo hoo!). Access events include;
audio described ballet ('Giselle' - 4 March) and 1984 (20 March), NZ Sign Language Interpreted Naked Samoans Do Magic (24 March) and Anika Moa (Whanau Day-25 March) plus a relaxed performance of Junk (9 March) and more.

Check out the full access programme and book here.

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board are supporting free events for Seniors living in Otara

Details of upcoming events in March are:

What: Bus Trip to MOTAT - lunch provided
When: Friday 16th March from 10am - 2pm
Where: A free bus will depart from East Tamaki Community Hall, 244 East Tamaki Road

What: Morning tea and story telling sessions - meet for FREE morning tea and hear from guest speakers from SuperGold Cards and Otara Neighbourhood support. 
When: Monday 19th March from 11am - 2pm
Where: East Tamaki Community Hall, 244 East Tamaki Road

To register and for more information contact Na'a Mohi or Paul Lavea by calling 0800 825 282 - Vaka Tautua.

Join the 2018 Walk for Dementia

An opportunity to walk in memory, or support, of people living with dementia in our community.

When: Sunday 25th March
Where: Selwyn Reserve Mission Bay (by the fountain)
Time: Walk starts at 9.30am

Register with your family and friends now.

NZDSN Annual Conference 2018

Welcome to 2018 and all the exciting things that are on offer from NZDSN. 

After a hiatus in 2017, our NZDSN Annual Conference returns in 2018 in the earlier month of April. This year’s event is being held at Te Papa in Wellington on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April – followed by a one-day Leadership Forum at the Copthorne on Friday 13 April.

We are really excited about this year’s event, we’ve missed you all and are looking forward to seeing you in two months’ time, here in our Capital City!

Click here to register.

Are you sick of scrambling from one funding round to the next?

Would you like more people helping out with your fundraising efforts so you can work smarter, not harder?

Join us for a one-day workshop on Sustainable Funding and create real action steps for increasing your fundraising revenue. This session is full of practical ideas that will help you develop a truly sustainable funding plan, so you can raise more money - more often.

In this workshop you will discover:
  • The 7 Key Income Streams for Charitable Groups. What opportunities are you missing out on and how can you make the most of every funding stream?
  • The difference between donations, sponsorship and grants. What does it really take to secure all three? What are they looking for and are you approaching each avenue in the best possible way?
  • Why traditional fundraising events are still an important part of the fundraising mix, and how you can make them worth your while. How do you get more people helping out so that you're not doing all of the work, all of the time?
  • Simple tips and tricks for improving what you already do. What little tweaks can you make to help you raise more money for your efforts? How can you work smarter, not harder?
  • How can you put it all into a Sustainable Funding Plan?

Upcoming workshop dates are: 
Taupo: Wednesday 21st March, 9.30am - 4pm
Napier: Thursday 22nd March, 9.30am - 4pm
Auckland: Tuesday 10th April, 9.30am - 4pm 
Tauranga: Tuesday 3rd July, 9.30am - 4pm
Whakatane: Wednesday 25th July, 9.30am - 4pm
Hamilton: Wednesday 15th August, 9.30am - 4pm

Cost: $120 per person 

To Register: Email or click here to register online  

Unable to pay your water bill?

Did you know the Water Utility Consumer Assistance Trust provides financial support to customers of Watercare Services Limited (Watercare) who are struggling to manage their water and/or wastewater costs.
Please note the Trust can only consider applications relating to bills from Watercare. To see if you are eligible go to 

Looking for a second hand mobility vehicle?

Check out these listings on trademe:

Self Drive from wheelchair Renault

Toyota Yaris with Cullen Hand controls 

Parting Thought

"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination."  Earl Nightingale

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