ILS November Newsletter 2017

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

  • Dee visits the Shanti Niwas International Day of the Older Person
  • Got a query for Taikura Trust?
  • Low Vision Workshop for the Korean Community
  • Love Food, Hate Waste & Composting Talk for the Chinese Community
  • Uccello PowerPour Kettle
  • Wooden Lap Tray
  • Non Slip Yellow Mat
  • Mobility Equipment Hire
  • Christmas Party Venue for Hire
  • Conversations with Crips
  • STARS & Art 4 Us Speciality Term 4 details
  • TASC Show Off Day
  • Performance Lab Showcase
  • 2017 White Ribbon Campaign
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Chinese Social & Health Expo
  • Walk 2 D'Feet MND 2017
  • Yes Maybe No
  • Manawanui Incharge One-day Symposium
  • Securing the Future, Crafting a Good Life
  • The Asian Network Regional Meeting
  • Circability Central Open Day - celebrating diversity
  • Paralympics Open Day
  • Parting thought?

Dee visits the Shanti Niwas International Day of the Older Person

Dee had the privilege of attending the Shanti Niwas IDOP (International Day of Older Persons) in October at the Senior Centre at 14 Spring St, Onehunga which included the first ever Senior INDIAN Idol event. She was there to support the local and wider community by providing information about ILS and the services and products available. It was a great event that bought many members of the community together and she is looking forward to next years event.

If you are part of a group or organisation that would enjoy a fun presentation please contact Dee on 09 625 0319 or

Got a query for Taikura Trust?

Taikura Trust are holding drop in sessions at Royal Oak and Botany stores.  The aim of these sessions is for you to pop in and see a Taikura Trust representative who will answer any questions or queries you may have on the services they provide.

The details are:

When: Tuesday 7th November
When: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: ILS, 308 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South, Auckland

Royal Oak
When: Tuesday 21st November
When: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: ILS, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

Who are Taikura Trust?
Taikura Trust provide support to disabled people under 65 years and their families and carers across greater Auckland. They work with them to understand their needs, develop a plan and ensure the best support services are in place to meet their needs.

We look forward to see you. If you need any further information please email


Low Vision Workshop for the Korean Community

ILS is hosting a low vision workshop for the Korean community  and service providers.  The workshop is for those who want to learn to

  • some common eye conditions that cause blindness
  • what are the symptoms and causes of vision problems
  • tips to protect your eyesight
  • what we can do and what services are available

The presenter is Veta Endemann, who is a Service Support Manager from Blind Foundation.

The details are:

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Location: The Korean Society of Auckland, 5 Argus Place, Hillcrest, North Shore, Auckland
Please RSVP to Marian via email ( or mobile 022 6424877 as seats are limited. The workshop will be delivered in English with Korean translation provided.

Love food, hate waste & composting talk for the Chinese Community

Auckland Council is now running a “ Love Food Hate Waste” campaign and ILS is hosting an event.  It will talk about leftover rice, other ways of using your leftover rice, and composting. 

This talk will be delivered in Mandarin. Participants will be able to buy special price garden compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bucket. Seats are limited. Don't miss out.

The details are:  

Date: Friday 24th November
Time: 10am - 12 pm
Location: ILS, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland
Activity Code: 171124
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please RSVP by contacting Felix on 625 0312 and giving your name, contact number, number attending and activity code.



将还可食用的食品倒入垃圾桶是一种”罪恶”。 奥克兰市议会正推行“爱惜食物反对浪费” 运动。 我们剩下的米饭,除了可以做炒饭,还可以发酵成一种非常有营养的典型中式早餐--酒酿鸡蛋。 易学,易做, 欢迎来学习使用剩饭的另一种方法。
我们还会教你做不同种类的堆肥, 把你的有机废物变成非常好的肥料。
时间:上午10am to 12 pm 。
地点:Royal Oak , 14, Erson Avenue,
将还可食用的食品倒入垃圾桶是一种”罪恶”。 奥克兰市议会正推行“爱惜食物反对浪费” 运动。 我们剩下的米饭,除了可以做炒饭,还可以发酵成一种非常有营养的典型中式早餐--酒酿鸡蛋。 易学,易做, 欢迎来学习使用剩饭的另一种方法。
我们还会教你做不同种类的堆肥, 把你的有机废物变成非常好的肥料。
时间:上午10am to 12 pm 。
地点:Royal Oak , 14, Erson Avenue,


Uccello PowerPour Kettle $98

It's stylish, safe and ergonomically designed.

The Uccello Kettle is an all in one kettle and tipper, designed to give great independence to those with restricted strength and mobility.

Click here for more information.


Wooden Lap Tray $48

Great for a cup of tea or dinner on your lap.  This tray has a wooden top and soft 'bean bag' filled cushion. Available in a range of assorted Kiwiana fabrics which are detachable and easy to wash.

Click here for more information.


Non Slip Yellow Mat $10

It can be used on a tray (as shown), at the table to keep plates and cups steady. Washes easily.

Click here for more information.


Mobility Equipment Hire

Family visiting for Christmas? Book your hireage now!

ILS offers a range of mobility equipment including manual wheelchairs, walkers, a mobility scooter, ramps and crutches for hire to make any special occasion even more memorable.

With Christmas coming the demand for hire equipment increases to it's advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. Click here for more information.


Christmas Party Venue for Hire 

Looking for an accessible Christmas venue?  

ILS has the perfect space to make your Christmas party hassle free. 

There are fully accessible kitchen facilities so you can self cater or we can put you in contact with caterers. Catering Catering Ltd specialise in catering for functions with a range of menu options available to suit your event and budget.

Off street parking, byo and competitive rates, to find out more email


Conversation with Crips 

Listen to the first episode of a #disability-centric podcast created by Red Nicolson@rednz, “Conversations with Crips”. Subscribe at conservations with crips.


STARS & Art 4 Us Speciality Term 4 details

North Shore Term Dates: Saturdays 28 October - 16 Dec
Group Times: 11:00am to 12:00pm; 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: YMCA North Shore, 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Therapist: Bex (mobile 021 437 101) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session.

Onehunga Term Dates: Tuesdays 24 Oct - 12 Dec
Group Times: 3:45pm to 4:30pm; 4:45pm to 5.30pm
Location: Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church Street
Therapist: Verity (mobile 022 658 3002) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session.

Mt Albert Term Dates: Wednesdays 25 Oct - 13 Dec
Group Times: 4:15pm to 5:00pm; 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Location: YMCA Mt Albert Community Centre,773 New North Rd, Mt Albert
Therapist: Yoko (mobile 027 349 2263) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session

Pakuranga Term Dates: Fridays 25 Oct - 13 Dec
Group Times: 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Location: Te Tuhi Arts Centre, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland
Therapist: Elise (mobile 022 047 5565) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session 

Arts 4 Us Specialty
Orakei Term Dates: Mondays 16 Oct- 11 Dec
Group Times: 3:30pm to 4:30pm; 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Rd, Auckland City 1071
Therapist: Serena (mobile 027 499 3366) - please contact this number if your child is going to miss a session

Please plan to arrive before your group's start time so that the therapist is able to start the group on time.

If your child will be absent from any sessions, please advise the respective therapist in advance. Your child is missed when they are away and it is helpful to let the other children know when someone won't be attending. Please text or call your therapist if your child can't attend on the day.

If you have a carer support form, you are welcome to bring it along for the therapist to sign, then you can fill it out and post it off to the Ministry after the final session of the term.

Any questions?  Please email or visit for further information and upcoming events.


TASC Show Off Day

Show Off Day is set for Saturday 4th November from 10am - 3pm. Come along and join the fun, see whats new and inventive in the SCI community and join in the events.


Performance Lab Showcase

We are excited to be working with Zack McCracken (who trained at the Le Coq Theatre School in Paris), Kate Reigle van West and Thomas Hinz with our new performance team this month. We would love your feedback at our showcase.

The details are:

When: Sunday 5th November
Time: 3pm
Where: TAPAC - 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Cost: A $10 koha is appreciated. 

For more information see


2017 White Ribbon Campaign Launch

You are invited to the launch of the 2017 White Ribbon Campaign and the premiere of 'Raise Our Men' - a White Ribbon Film. 

The film raises questions and inspires involvement. Raising respectful men prevents violence towards women.

The details are:
When: Wednesday 8th November
Doors open: 6.30pm
Event starts: 7.00pm
Where: The Hollywood Cinema, 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale, Auckland)

RSVP: Either click here to rsvp or email

Cash bar, nibbles provided.

In addition Michael Kaufman is holding 5 free workshops across New Zealand. The workshops are to:

  • increase understanding of how New Zealand males are socialised and how this links with the high levels of family and sexual violence against women.
  • increase understanding of what action can be taken to mitigate the negative effects of socialisation and reduce men’s violence.
  • build community support for White Ribbon’s 2017 campaign, including its focus on male socialisation, and to inform participants how they can use White Ribbon’s campaign and resources in their work.

The workshop dates are: 

  • Auckland - Thursday 9 November, 1pm -4pm Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
  • Hastings -  Friday 10 November, 10am-1pm Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
  • Dunedin - Wednesday 15 November, 10am-1pm Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
  • Christchurch - Thursday 16 November, 10am-1pm Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, Corner of Wakefield Avenue and Nayland Street, Sumner.
  • Wellington Region - Friday 17 November, 10am-1pm Olive Tree, 478 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

To attend a workshop click here.


Murder on the Orient Express

Ryman Healthcare holding a movie premiere of Murder on the Orient Express to help fundraise for Age Concern.

The details are:

When: Thursday 9th November
Time: 1pm
Where: Lido Cinema, 427 Manukau Road, Epsom
Cost: $5

There will be a presentation from Age Concern as well as spot prizes, a raffle and refreshments.

For more information or to purchase a ticket please call Lucy or Anna on 09 636 3883 by Friday 3rd November


Chinese Social & Health Expo

Come along and enjoy face painting, fruit curving demonstrations, performances, information stands, a bouncy castle, goodie bags and more....

The details are:

When: Saturday 11th November 
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: Freemans Bay Community Hall, Auckland


Walk 2 D'Feet MND 2017

The 2017 Walks 2 D'Feet MND will be held in 16 towns and cities all over New Zealand. This year's walks are being held on Sunday 12 November. Find your nearest walk and more details here.


Yes Maybe No

Please join us at the exhibition to view the work and Skype chat with some of our artists live in the Mapura studio.  A meeting room is a transient space hosting varying groups with specific agendas. Unlike the stark white void of the gallery, the meeting room commands a certain type of behaviour from its visitors with its practical furniture, patterned carpets and serene atmosphere.

In this exhibition, artists from Mapura Studios explore meeting room culture; the rituals, behaviour and paraphernalia associated with this space. Our artists investigate how this culture accommodates people with diverse needs and what role art can play in this environment. 

Mapura Studios is a creative space for artists of all ages living with diversity and disability. We have a broad range of programmes across many media including music, movement, poetry and the visual arts.

Exhibition runs from 14 November until 2 December.


Manawanui Incharge One-day Symposium

Manawanui Incharge is running an exciting one-day symposium for providers and industry professionals in November. The symposium aims to answer the question: Why supports need to be self-directed and how can organisations achieve this?

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the importance of individualising services and hear from organisations who are changing the way they do things.

International guest speaker Kate Fulton will be presenting at the symposium. Kate is a leading practitioner in self-directed support and a Fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform. She has led some of the first UK self-directed trials and more recently worked in Australia alongside the National Disability Agency to support Providers to respond to self-directed support.  Three other New Zealand-based Providers will also share their experiences of individualizing their services.

As well as featuring an exciting line-up of local and international speakers, the symposium will also offer plenty of opportunities for networking and learning.

For more information about this event, please visit:

When: Wednesday 15 November 2017
Where: AUT Millennium High Performance Sports, 17 Antares Place, Albany, Auckland
Cost: $300
Registrations: You can register for the symposium here:


Securing the Future, Crafting a Good Life

This workshop will explore how families can bring people together to develop a range of family-governed initiatives, including Microboards and intentional networks.

When: 9:30am-4pm 16th November, 2017 
Where: Eden Park, South Stand Level Lounge, Auckland. 
Registration: e-mail 
Cost: $200

You can use Individualised Funding to pay fees to attend. 

A Microboard is a group of family and friends committed to supporting a person with a disability. Microboards can help an individual with a disability plan his/her life, 
advocate for what they need, monitor services and connect to the wider community

Speakers include:


  • Lawrence Chok, Co-Director of Aotearoa
  • Lindy Perry, Executive Director of Vela Canada
  • Bridget Sneddon, 35 years experience in the NZ Disability sector
  • Kylee Black, committed to cultivating community and enabling the best in others

For more information about this event, please visit:


The Asian Network Regional Meeting

The Asian Newtork Inc. (TANI) cordially invite you to the regional network meeting. The details are

When: 10am-12pm, 22nd November, 2017 
Where: Onehunga Community Centre, 3 Pearce Street, Onehunga, Auckland 
RSVP: Please rsvp to Samuel Cho at 

There will be presentations from: 

  • Patient & Whaanau Centred Care Consumer Council
  • Dr Sue Copas, Community Engagement Manager, ADHB on 'What matters GP report'
  • Rebecca Tegg, Senior Health Advisor, Auckland Regional Public Health Service on 'A Coalition to tackle Auckland's obesogenic environment' 

Refreshments provided.


Circability Central Open Day - celebrating diversity

Friday 1st December at Victoria Park
Workshops, forums, films and presentations. We're still working out the finer details but mark you diaries! For more info and workshop bookings please contact us here.


Paralympics Open Day

Paralympics New Zealand support and encourage New Zealanders with disabilities, and is holding open days around the country for people of all abilities to find out more about Para sport, get among the action and meet a Paralympian. The Auckland day will be held on 2 December, Pulman Park, 90-130 Walters Road, Papakura, 10am–3pm. Read more.


Parting Thought

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."  Joseph Campbell


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