ILS September Newsletter 2017

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

  1. ILS CEO attends i-CREATe convention in Kobe, Japan
  2. Depression and Anxiety workshop for the Korean Community and Service Providers
  3. Got a query for Taikura Trust?
  4. It's our birthday and we're celebrating
  5. Comfy Lift Chair
  6. Albany Transit Wheelchair
  7. Wainui Transit Wheelchair
  8. Office for Lease
  9. Get together for Dementia this September
  10. Free fun day out for our special kids
  11. My Voice Matters - who gets your vote?
  12. Support Paralympics New Zealand
  13. Asian Health & Wellbeing Day
  14. Enter the Epic Award
  15. Upcoming Safekids workshop
  16. Access Matters: Lessons from Canada
  17. International Day of Older Persons
  18. Enhancing Community Disaster Resilience
  19. Parting thought


1. ILS CEO attends i-CREATe 2017 Convention in Kobe Japan.

This was the 11th international convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology.  The focus was robotic assistive technology.  The advancement in robotics in just 3 years since last attending this conference was significant.  

A presentation from Japan on putting robotics in perspective was excellent. The emphasis in Japan is more about using robotic technology to develop assistive technology rather than robots per say.  A very good example of this was from a Danish presenter. He used the term “warm hands” versus “cold hands” and showed a video from Denmark. The video was shot in a rest care facility where they had developed a robotic rubbish cart that circulated through 5 floors several times a day, waiting at each pick up point. The nurses loaded the robotic rubbish cart with rubbish bags that they would normally have had to hand deliver to the basement several times per day.  By the robotic rubbish cart taking over the more manual day to day chores, it left the nursing staff to spend more time with the patients hence the reference warm hands.  A great outcome.  This is where we see the future of robotic technology.  

Another major part of this conference is the design student innovation competition. Much of the conference was spent attending presentations by groups of students from throughout Asia (and as far afield as Germany) presenting their innovations to a panel of judges.  The gala dinner is where the winners are announced by the Princess of Thailand who is the patron of this innovation conference.

ILS has been the New Zealand member of the Create Asia Alliance since 2014, an alliance of 17 Asia Pacific countries.  It was at this conference that ILS assigned its membership over to the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres to further advance the implementation of the global World Health Organisation goals on a national level in New Zealand.  

2. Depression and Anxiety Workshop 

ILS is hosting a depression and anxiety workshop for the Korean community and service providers to learn about

  • how to recognise depression and anxiety
  • knowing how to relate to those experiencing struggling with mood swings or distress
  • knowing how to manage it

The presenter is Julia Kwon (Counsellor with the North Shore Women's Centre)

The details are:
When: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Where: Hanouri Korean Church, 59 View Road, Glenfield, North Shore

This workshop will be conducted in English with Korean translation provided. Please contact Marian Park to RSVP - or 022 6424 877


3. 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:
Royal Oak
When: Tuesday 12th September
When: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: ILS, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak

When: Tuesday 26th September
When: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: ILS, 308 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South

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


4. It's our birthday and we're celebrating

On September 11th ILS is turning 36, and to celebrate we're having cake and a week of birthday deatls in store. The celebration will run from Monday 11th - Saturday 16th September. Head on down to your local store grab yourself a deal, and celebrate with us.


5. Comfy Lift Chair at the hot price of $1399

Come in and see the Comfy Lift chair for the hot price of $1399.  The Comfy is a ‘ wallsaver’ design which allows the chair to be positioned nearer to a wall than conventional recliner chairs.

Find out more information here.

*Offer available until 31.8.17 or while stocks last


6. Albany Transit Wheelchair $325

Weighing only 7.7kg and packing down into a carry bag less than 24cm wide the Albany Transit Wheelchair is perfect for travel!

Simply fold down and throw into the boot or backseat.  It's so compact you could almost put it in the glovebox!  Click here for more information.

7. Wainui Transit Wheelchair $470 

New to ILS the Wainui transit wheelchair is available with an 18" seat.  It has removable seat and back cushions, along with height adjustable armrests.

Easy to fold and stylish looking.  

Click here for more information.


8. Office for lease

Are you looking for Office space?  

We have accessible ground floor sunny offices overlooking the garden  available within the ILS building, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak. Consists of


  • One tenancy made up of two offices (45.5 sqm total - one office is 24.5 sqm and the other is 21.06sqm)
  • Two car parks
  • Kitchenette
  • Accessible bathroom facilities 
  • Long term lease available from 1 Sept 2017
  • Use of ILS Conference & Board room facilities

For more details please contact Raema Inglis on 09 625 0313 or


9. Get together for Dementia this September

Community is everything. And when someone has dementia, they need a community of people who care around them.  

That’s why, this September, we invite you to Get Together For Dementia – bring together family and friends for morning tea, potluck dinner, or a BBQ, and raise money for Dementia Auckland to help people with dementia live well.  

To register for Get Together For Dementia, email today. 

10. Free fun day out for our special kids

Come and join in the excitement at the FUN DAY with loads fo activities for the children. Activities include:

  • face painting 
  • bubble station
  • circability
  • rock-climbing

Free food at the food court  The details are:

Where: North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield Place, Wairau Valley, Auckland
When: Sunday 3rd September
Time: 11am - 3pm

See you there


11. My Voice Matters - who gets your vote?

Find out what the political parties have to say on the big issues that effect disabled people. Would you like to learn more about how political parties plan to support your needs if in government?

We invite you to a free forum where you can hear directly from politicians. They will discuss:

  • education
  • employment
  • immigration
  • accessibility laws
  • health and disability support services

There will also be a chance for you to ask questions. This is your chance to get the information
you need to make an informed vote in this year’s General Election on 23 September 2017.

The details are: 
When: Monday 4 September 2017
Time: 3.00 - 5.30pm
Where: Sudima Auckland Airport Hotel, 18 Airpark Drive, Mangere

Click Here to register, or RSVP to: Manawanui InCharge helpdesk, (,  0508 462 427. 

NZSL interpreters will be available. Quick Tip: Advance Voting opens 11 Sept.

12. Support Paralympics New Zealand

Help support Paralympics New Zealand by holding a ‘gold’ mufti day at your work or local school on 8 September. The funds raised from this year's mufti day will go towards supporting athletes in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics Winter Games.

Click here for more information

13. Asian Health & Wellbeing Day

Theme: Get to know the NZ health system & the role of your family doctor
When: Wednesday 13 September 10am – 1pm
Where: Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs Auckland

Useful information about available & accessible health & wellbeing services in your community. Join us and learn more about the New Zealand Health System


  • Great opportunity to talk with healthcare professionals
  • Health information stalls
  • Health Checks
  • Light refreshments

To register please contact TANI on 09 815 2338 or email or


14. Enter the Epic Award

The Attitude Epic Award, sponsored by Drake Medox, celebrates the unexpected – people who are breaking preconceived ideas of what’s possible when you live with disability, by simply getting out there and doing cool stuff for the fun of it! This is about truly interesting talents…relative to the person’s disability.

We’ve heard of a woman who sews with her toes, a blind teenager who rides a BMX and person with no arms who can roll newspapers with his feet. We know of a young boy who uses a contraption on his wheelchair to catapult soccer balls into the air!

How do people enter?
People need to post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter a video of something they’ve done within the past 2 years, along with the hashtag #EpicAward2017

The winner of the Epic Award will be chosen by the AttitudeLive digital team, in conjunction with the sponsor. The winner will receive: travel, accomodation and tickets for the 2017 Attitude Awards as well as a Theta-S 360 Video Camera, donated by RICOH, to continue their budding film career.

Who can enter?
This Award is open to people residing in New Zealand or Australia. The video must be focused on a person living with a disability, and be submitted by that person or by someone else with permission from the person featured in the video. The winner will be the featured person, regardless of who submitted the video.

Submissions close 15 September.

15. Upcoming SafeKids workshop

Safekids is holding a series of workshops dedicated to child injury prevention across New Zealand. The workshops are open to anyone with an interest in child safety, particularly health professionals, community leaders, policy makers and social support agencies.

The next Auckland workshop will be held in Henderson, Thursday 21 September, 9am–2pm. To register contact

16. Access Matters: Lessons from Canada

The Access Matters Campaign and Auckland University of Technology’s Law School are proud to invite you to an informative evening with our special guest David Lepofsky. Auckland Disability Law are a member of the Access Matters Campaign.
David, an academic, lawyer and activist, has held key roles in enacting and implementing new laws to make Ontario fully accessible for Disabled Persons.  This includes the campaign to gain and implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. 
David will bring his unique perspective of the Canadian law and the lessons learnt, to a discussion about why we need enforceable and mandatory legislation to make New Zealand accessible for Disabled People. 
For more information read Access Matters: Lessons from Canada flier
The event details are:
Date:  Tuesday 5 September 2017
Time:  5.30pm–7.00pm (Lecture from 6pm–7pm, refreshments from 5.30pm)
Location: WA224 Conference Room, AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street, Auckland City
Please send your RSVP to
Access Needs: 

•    The venue is wheelchair accessible.
•    If you require an NZSL interpreter, please advise us by 31 August 2017.
•    Please let us know if you require written resources ahead of time for your reader or device.
•    Please advise if you have any other access needs.
Support making New Zealand accessible for all. Please sign the Open Letter to all political party leaders who have not committed to the introduction of accessibility law at Access Matters Open Letter.


17. International Day of Older Persons

Celebrate wisdom, wellness and fun at the International Day of Older Persons.  This is your chance to learn and connect with local services, listen to guest speakers and watch demonstrations.

The details are:
Date: Friday 29 September 2017
Time: 9.30am - 12pm
Where: Kelston Community Centre, 126 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale, Auckland

18. Enhancing Community Disaster Resilience

Be involved in enhancing resilience, safety and connectedness of communities throughout Auckland. Come along to visioning workshops to explore how we can work together to create stronger and safer communities. 
These workshops are open to everyone. Light snacks will be provided. 

Details of the next workshops are:
Date: Thursday 7 September
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Where: Warkworth Town Hall, 21 Neville Street, Warkworth

Date: Tuesday 12 September
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Where: Hubwest Community Centre, 27 Corban Ave, Henderson

Please RSVP

19. Parting Thought

"Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success."  

Swami Sivandanda


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