ILS June Newsletter 2018

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

  • Goods going to a good cause
  • Asthma workshop for the Korean community
  • Congratulations Martine Abel-Williamson
  • Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group Celebration of Duan-Wu Festival
  • It's fine, rain or shine with Scooterpac
  • Conference Facility Hire
  • Just Cook 4 Healthy Ageing
  • Dare 2 Dance - an evening of fun
  • ODCOSS fundraiser
  • Pharmac community conversations
  • Winter is coming - healthy homes workshop
  • World Elder Abuse awareness day
  • Age Concern Counties Manukau are yarn bombing the trees
  • Cuppa Tea for MND
  • Team up with a whanau member for Mum's Kitchen Rules
  • Disability Awareness Sunday
  • Walking Waitakere and beyond
  • Want to be more assertive or better with setting boundaries?
  • Transition Expo 2018 - The progression from school to community life
  • Parting thought

Goods going to a good cause

Smiles all around from Dee, ILS Mobile Service Manager and Mary, the Manager of Medical Aid Abroad as they load Mary's van with bathroom products that are being shipped to Tanzania and Fiji.

Medical Aid Abroad NZ Inc (MAA) is a not-for-profit charitable trust that assists health work in developing countries by donating surplus medical, surgical and pharmaceutical supplies from within New Zealand.  The majority of the goods go to the Pacific region but supplies have been sent to countries much further afield - Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

See for more information on this amazing service. 


Asthma Workshop for the Korean Community

ILS is hosting an Asthma loss workshop for the Korean community and service providers.  The workshop is for those who want to learn to

  • what is Asthma
  • warning signs and triggers
  • tips for good Asthma control
  • what services are available and how to manage it

The presenter is Janet Hutchison (Asthma Nurse).

The details are:
Date:   Tuesday 26th June 2018
Time: 11am - 12pm
Location: Hanouri Korean Church, 59 View Road, Glenfield, North Shore, Auckland

Please RSVP to Marian via email ( or mobile 022 6424877 as seats are limited. This workshop will be delivered in English with Korean translation provided.

Congratulations Martine Abel-Williamson for her Queen's Service Medal for services to people with disabilities.

Martine Abel-Williamson has been an advocate, lecturer, policy advisor, and service coordinator for New Zealand’s disability sector for 22 years and has held governance roles on a range of national and international bodies supporting vision impaired persons.
Ms Abel-Williamson initially worked as a mental health councillor and later held roles with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, including as Service Coordinator for the Auckland and Northland regions. From 2007 until 2018 she worked in various roles for Manukau City Council and then Auckland Council, including as Policy Advisor Disability and Strategic Advisor Disability. She is currently Treasurer at the global level of the World Blind Union. She is Regional UN Advocacy Network Co-ordinator of World Blind Union Asia-Pacific (WBUAP), having previously held positions with WBUAP such as Vice-President and Women’s Committee Chair. In these roles she has travelled the world to assist building international capacity in disability services in developing countries, as well as liaising in areas of systemic advocacy, specialising in access to the environment and transport. She chairs Auckland Disability Law, the only disability-specific community law centre in New Zealand. She has held governance roles with the Workbridge Council, the Guide Dog Society, Disability Connect, and Independent Living Service. Ms Abel-Williamson is currently the Vice-President of Blind Citizens New Zealand.

Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group Celebration of Duan-Wu Festival

Members of the Auckland Seniors Support & Caring Group are invited to come along and celebrate the Duan-Wu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)

The details are:  

Date: Wednesday 13 June
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: Pakuranga Community Hall, 346 Pakuranga Road

The programme will include ethnic dances, songs and enjoying traditional rice dumplings (Zong zi).

For more information please RSVP to Lily on 09 963 6259 between 9am - 3pm, via Wechat: lily1p or text 021 0286 7916.


It's fine, rain or shine with Scooterpac! 

Pre-order yours today

The Scooterpac Canopy is a revolution in mobility scooter canopies. It fits almost any scooter, opens up in seconds and folds away when ever you feel like enjoying the sun!

Soon to be arriving in NZ and exclusive to ILS! 

Pre-order yours today by emailing

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

Just Cook 4 Healthy Ageing

is a free cooking and nutrition course for older people who have limited cooking skills or who have lost the confidence and motivation to cook.

Classes focus on:

Healthy eating for older people, planning and cooking economical dinners for 1 or 2 people, shopping tips, label reading and time-saving cooking strategies.

Make new friends and have fun while you learn with 3 hour classes held over 4 consecutive weeks, including morning tea and lunch.

The details are:
When: Tuesday 5 - 26 June
Time: 10am - 1pm
Where: Te Atatu South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Road

Register by emailing or call 021950624

Dare 2 Dance - an evening of fun!

We dare you to join us for an evening of fun! DTNZ is gearing up for our first ever, kid-friendly dance party fundraiser, and you're invited!

  • Get ready to Rock 'n' Roll to the grooviest tunes at our fabulous venue - Mt. Roskill Youth Zone 
  • Delish food and drinks available throughout the night 
  • The party starts at 7:00 PM on Saturday 9th June
  • Tickets are only $15, and kids under 12 are free 
Don't forget to invite the whanau and let's party! 

To buy your tickets now, CLICK HERE! 

ODCOSS Fundraiser

Go to  Donate to ODCOSS.  Any donation amount will ensure an entry into the prize draw to win 1 of 3 prizes.

Prize draw date closes 9th June 2018.

Pharmac Community Conversations

Pharmac is holding a meeting to talk about the work it does and hear ideas from people about how it can improve its service.

The details are:
When: Thursday 14th June 9.30am - 11am
Where: Kelston Community Centre, Activity Room 1, 126 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale

Read more and register. 

Winter is coming - healthy homes workshop

Council has some great programmes and free resources to help whanau create a warm, dry home that's cheaper to run. Join this workshop and discover what's available.

Also find out about easy, low cost things you can share with your community to make the winter months more healthy and affordable.

The details are:
When: Thursday 14th June 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Manukau Civic Offices, Ground Floor, Manukau Station Road

Please RSVP To find out more visit

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is being marked on 15 June 2018.

It’s estimated that up to 10% of people aged 65+ are victim to elder abuse or neglect – that’s up to 16,000 people living in Auckland. We need to educate our community to raise awareness and understanding of elder abuse, and encourage the public to adopt a no tolerance approach to elder abuse.

WEAAD focuses our attention on the need for all of us to take responsibility in preventing elder abuse. Age Concern Auckland will join communities locally, regionally and across the world to heighten awareness of elder abuse.

Aroha me ngā manaakitanga kauaka hei whakakino hei whakarere noa. Love and respect, not abuse and neglect. 

Wear purple on 15 June to help raise awareness and create opportunities for conversations around prevening Elder Abuse & Neglect in your community.

Age Concern Counties Manukau are yarn bombing the trees

When: Friday 15th June
Where: Age Concern Counties Manukau, Cambria Park Homestead, 250 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe
Tree Unveiling: 11am
FREE EANP Education Talk by Lynn Cicero: 11:30am

To find out more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day please follow this link:

Cuppa Tea for MND

MND Awareness Week runs from June 18 to 24, with activities peaking on Thursday 21 June – so mark this date on your calendar!

Thursday 21 June is also our winter solstice, the perfect day to get the team together for a nice hot cuppa.

Host a Cuppa Tea for MND by inviting your friends, colleagues or family to a morning or afternoon tea, lunch or get-together, to raise awareness of motor neurone disease and funds for our support service.

 To donate or fundraise, click here 

 If you’re hosting an event, please email to tell MND.

Team up with a whanau member for Mum's Kitchen Rules

Three free fun and friendly workshops for a healthy family cooking on a budget. Great for pregnant Mums or families of children ages 0-2 years.

  • Free onsite child-minders available
  • Free transport available
  • Free parking

The details are:
When: Wednesday June 13, 20 & 27th 
Time: 10am - 12pm
Where: Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Drive, Papatoetoe 

Contact Dana Owens on 021 512 018 to register or text your name and MKR to 021 512 018.


Disability Awareness Sunday - 17th June 2018

In New Zealand, Disability Awareness Sunday (DAS) is observed on the third Sunday in June.

It is an opportunity to be intentional about disability awareness and is a great way to educate your church. It is not just about raising awareness, but celebrating and encouraging people with disabilities in their gifts and ministries.

For more information visit

Walking Waitakere and beyond

When: Wednesday 27 June
Where: Duders Regional Park (one of Auckland's newer regional parks, Pohutukawa, sandy beaches, Maori history based on a significant pa site)
Meet: 933 North Road, Clevedon (10kms from Clevedon, North Road is the road that connects Clevedon and Mareaetai Beach)
Grade: Moderate
Meet Time: 9.50am
Walk Time: approx 2 hours
Cost: $5 per walker

Registration is essential as there are only 20 spaces for each walk. To register email Kay Lindley on

Want to be more assertive or better with setting boundaries?

Want to be a more effective person at work,  networking or speaking in groups? Know where you want to get to - but need more than counselling or supervision?

The NEW is an action-based therapeutic group process. It draws on psychodrama, developed by Jacob Moreno in Austria in the 1040's & expanded by Dr Max Clayton in the 1990's.  The NEW uses the creativity, generosity and playfulness of everyone in the group. Each person gets the opportunity to try out new roles, and strategies to deal with their hurdles.

The idea is, you come along with an idea of what you want to change...
And together we work with this magic method to create a map for your next steps.

The details are:
When: Three Monday evenings and a weekend (June 18, 25 & July 2 6.30 - 8.30pm, Saturday 7 July 9.30 - 4.30 and Sunday 8 July 9.30 - 3.30pm)
Where: Kotare Venue - 9 Kotare Ave, Westmere, Auckland
Cost: $300 

Enrol now.

Transition Expo 2018

The progression from school to community life

  • free entry
  • plenty of parking
  • fully accessible venue
  • information pack given to each family
  • cafe on premises

Hosted by Disability Connect & Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

When: Tuesday 7th August 2018
Where: Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns, Auckland (map link below)
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Click here for more information.

Parting Thought

"Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."  Ludwig van Beethoven

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