ILS February Newsletter 2018

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

  • Auckland Seniors Support & Caring group
  • Congratulations to Deaf Aotearoa on its 40th Anniversary
  • Hot hot offer
  • Looking for a great business location?
  • Part time manager needed
  • Spaces available for StarJam workshops
  • Tutors wanted
  • Free Te Reo Maori classes
  • Show your ability
  • Everyone leads - Building our capability
  • Para Athletics training
  • Hearts & Mids - Wellbeing and support group/workshops
  • Can we be better?
  • Kids Connect Camp
  • The 2018 NZ Census is just around the corner
  • Unpacking Disability Law programme 2018
  • Parting though

Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group

The Auckland Senior's Support & Caring Group is starting again in 2018 with the following activities:

Senior Dance Training Classes 
Date: Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th February
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Location: Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick

Chinese New Year Celebration
Date: Wednesday 14th February
Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm
Location: Te Tuhi Arts Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga

Please contact Lingling and Lily for more information -
Lingling on 021 02780886; wechat: zll45329766, or
Lily on 09 963 6259 or 020 59041494.

Congratulations to Deaf Aotearoa on its 40th Anniversary

Deaf Aotearoa celebrated its 40th anniversary and released this special online magazine.

Please click on the image below to read it.


Hot Hot Offer


Looking for a great business location?

Ideal opportunity for a small business looking to branch out to their own premises. 

 Located in Royal Oak, this ground floor office of approx 46m² features two large rooms with two entrances and its own kitchenette. Two car parks included. Freshly painted with new LED lights.
One convenient monthly payment includes all costs other than power and your telecommunications.

  • Available now
  • Car parks included
  • Gross lease
  • Own entrance

To find out more phone Raema on 09 6250313 or email


Part Time Manger Needed

The Trust will primarily but not exclusively, assist people who suffer from

Trust and help it move forward into its next looking for an energetic, capable person to manage the day to day activities of the REST ASSURED RESPITE CHARITABLE TRUST As a recently established organisation, 

  • Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • and Fibromyalgia.
The successful applicant would need to be organised and self disciplined. This is a work from home position and some flexibility around days and hours is possible. We are also looking for someone who would be committed to what we are doing and if need be, be prepared to put in some extra voluntary hours to make sure work is completed.

It would be an advantage if they have some experience of what these illnesses are or know personally someone who has, or does, suffer with them.

For a full Job Description pleases send in the first instance a Letter of Application and a Curriculum Vitae to

Spaces available for StarJam workshops

StarJam empowers young people with disabilities through music and performance. We have places available in our sining and dancing workshops for young people with disabilities (aged 6 - 25 years old) around Auckland.

The workshops take place Monday - Thursday evenings and are a great place to develop skill sets, gain confidence, experience respect and build friendships.

For more information see, email
or ph 09 300 6257.

Tutors Wanted!

The deadline for applying to tutor taster classes in May and June during New Zealand Sign Language Week 2018 has been extended until February 14th.

Apply now at

Free Te Reo Maori classes

Have you ever wanted to speak the native language of New Zealand? Beginner, intermediate and night classes start on 19 February, held at Papatuanuku Koriri Marae, 141B Robertson Road, Mangere. For more information email or phone 027 281 1891. 

Show Your Ability

New Zealand's premier disabillity show is coming soon showing all kinds of equipment for young and old!

Free entry and carparking, plus register at any show for your chance to win an ipad. Show locations are:
Auckland - ASB Showgrounds, Tues 27th February from 9am to 7.30pm
Hamilton - Claudelands Event Centre, Thur 1st March, 9am to 3pm
Palmerston North - Central Energy Trust Arena, Friday 2nd March from 9am to 3pm
Christchurch - Pioneer Recreation & Sports Centre, Monday 5th March from 9am - 2pm
Dunedin - Edgar Stadium, Tuesday 6th March from 9am - 1pm

For more information see

Everyone Leads - Building Our Capability

19 - 20 FEBRUARY 2018 - AUCKLAND (Quality Hotel Parnell, Auckland)

"Leadership is a muscle everyone has, and it only gets stronger with exercise and practice. We need to build and engage the leadership of the many, especially those closest to problems, to create effective solutions.”

Paul Schmitz is the international keynote speaker at this year’s National Not-for-Profit Sector Conference, and an expert on the conference theme Everyone Leads

Come along to get an in-depth look at Paul’s work - his keynote is Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up and 2 workshops Community Engagement Matters and Building your Leadership Capability. He is a lively and interactive speaker, and this will be the only chance to see Paul in action on this rare visit to NZ. Have a look at the short video clip below. 

We also have a great line-up of speakers for the workshops, including the team from LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership, Strategic Pay, Vega, Inspiration Point, The Office of Film and Literature Classification, and many more.  There are also several acknowledged experts speaking on leadership within Maori organisations. Read More

Para Athletics Training

Para Athletics is the most inclusive Para sport with great Paralympic pathways.

These free monthly sessions allow Para athletes from across Auckland to come together to train in a Para specific setting. The sessions will cover both track and field events from an introductory to advanced level.

The programme is open to those 5+ years, male or female and caters for visual impairments and a wide range of physical disabilities including, but not limited to: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, amputees and short stature.

With great coaches taking the sessions we will ensure that everyone is pushed to achieve their potential whether it is early days on your sporting journey or if you're already training and competing regularly.

If you've got any questions regarding whether you can get involved then please get in touch :)

Hearts & Minds - Wellbeing and support group/workshops

Hearts and Minds (formerly known as Raeburn House) offer a variety of Wellbeing Support Group/Workshops covering a range of topics including
  • Confidence, Wellbeing & Employment
  • Moving past depression & anxiety
  • Lifting your self esteem and confidence
  • Global Food and Friends
  • Wellbeing Workshops
  • Art Therapy
  • Men's Talk
For more infomation on these upcoming courses see

Can we be better?

Creating a NZ where all people can work, study, play and reach their full potential.

Go into a prize draw to win a $500 Visa Prezzy card!
By completing this survey you will help us better understand how New Zealanders 'think and feel' about disability and accessibility in our communities and places of work and play. 
Your feedback will help create a New Zealand where all people can work, study, play, and reach their full potential through better communities, workplaces, design, innovation, and technology.

This research is being conducted by Cogo Consulting, an independent research and evaluation consultancy.  All information you provide will be completely confidential, anonymised for reporting, and will not be shared with third parties under any circumstances.

The survey will take around ten minutes to complete and all completed responses will go in a prize draw to win a $500 Visa Prezzy card, to be drawn on 26 February 2018.  

If you have any questions or need help accessing the survey, please email Cogo Consulting

Kids Connect Camps... Where memories are friends are made...

Kids Connect is a camp specifically for children with physical and mild intellectual disabilities aged 9-16. It is held in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland. Our camps are conducted by experienced staff and we take every effort to give children a safe and enjoyable weekend.

We have a weekend packed full of action, fun and adventure… there’s always heaps to do!
Quad Bikes, flying fox, confidence course, team games and competitions, orienteering on a wheelchair accessible track, craft and lots more.

For more information or to register for the next camp on 9 - 11 March 2018, please call Children's Bible Ministries on 09 630 5271 or

The 2018 NZ Census is just around the corner

This year, instead of filling out the paper forms, you'll be able to complete everything online. It's important everyone takes part as the results are used as the baseline for all local and central government funding such as health, education and police.

If you would prefer to use paper forms they will be available to complete on 6 March. You can find out more information about the census here.

Unpacking Disability Law Programme 2018

Auckland Disability Law’s annual Unpacking Disability Law Programme is starting in March 2018. This community based programme is focused on disability and your legal rights.  It is for community members and supporters. 
This free six week programme runs every Tuesday, starting 13 March 2018, at our Auckland Disability Law offices, in the Mangere Community Law Centre, Waddon Place, Mangere Town Centre.  You can come to the entire programme or you can choose which sessions interest you.       

13 March 2018
This Thing Called the Law:  Introduction to the Law in Aotearoa New Zealand
Stand Up For Your Rights: Human Rights & Discrimination
27 March 2018
Employment Essentials:  Pre-employment and Employment Rights
10 April 2018
Tools to Keep Safe: Personal Safety Rights and Protections
1 May 2018
Law and Order:  Criminal Law
Rights and Advice:  Dealing with the Police and Going to Court
15 May 2018
Navigating your Health Rights:  HDC & Health Consumer Rights
Know Your Rights:  Mental Health Rights
29 May 2018
Who’s got the Power 1:  Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
Who’s got the Power 2:  Guardianships, Property Managers & Supported Decision Making 

To let us know now, give us your name, email address, contact phone number, date and session(s) name you are interested.  Please tell us if you have any access needs.  Please email us at, or text 027 457 5140 or ring 09 257 5140.  
Sessions are free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Each week the sessions start at 10am and finish at 1pm.

Parting Thought

"When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go."  Carol Burnett

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