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Settlement Support Auckland Central: Newcomer Orientation Programme: February 2014

SSNZ Auckland Central is offering a week-long orientation programme for newcomers and their families, packed with useful and relevant information towards smoother settlement.

Choose ONE or MORE of these information-packed sessions!

Auckland Orientation Bus Tour ($5 per person): Welcome to Auckland! Join us to enjoy the natural & cultural beauty of Auckland while learning about its history, facilities, services and amenities. Requirement: Newcomers living in NZ for 2 years or less. Snacks provided; bring lunch & water. When:15th February, 8.20am – 4.30pm.

NZ Education System and Library Information (free): Do you have kids? Learn about Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary Education systems in NZ.  The workshop will finish with a Library Tour and info session on free library services! Bring your passport and proof of address if you would like to apply for a library card. When: 17th February, 9.30am – 12.45pm.

NZ Health System and Services, plus Safety (free): Learn about the New Zealand Health system and services. NZ Fire Services, Water Safety and Civil Defence will talk about environment safety issues. A session not to be missed! When: 18th Feburary, 9.30am – 3.45pm.

Renting, Flatting, Boarding, & Home Ownership (free): Important if you are renting, buying a house, or becoming a landlord. You will learn about how to buy a house in NZ, home loans, protecting your assets, and tenancy rights. When:19th February, 9.30am – 4.00pm.

Budgeting, Financial Planning & Taxation (free): Learn more about New Zealand taxes, financial planning, and spending plans. This workshop also explores KiwiSaver, financial resources, investment, and assets protection. IRD staff will also present on families tax credit and other financial issues that newcomers need to know. When: 20th February, 9.30am – 4.45pm.

Legal Rights & Safety Laws in NZ (free): New Zealand law is different from other countries! Do you know your rights? This session covers Consumer Rights, Neighbourhood Dispute, Traffic & Accidents and Community Safety. When: 21st February, 9.30am – 3.30pm.

To register, contact reception@arms-mrc.org.nz or 09 625 2440.

Venue: Auckland Regional Migrant Services, Three Kings Plaza, 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings

Creative Skills Workshops with Inspiring Communities, North Shore Auckland, February 2014

High tech and low tech ways to capture local stories. A series of 2 hour workshops (plus networking afterwards) to learn new skills, network and have fun! 

Inspiring Communities is collaborating with Community WaitakereUnitec, NSCSS and Auckland Council to bring a series of creative digital storytelling workshops to the community sector in February 2014.  Collegial conversation over nibbles, wine or beer in February.  We suggest bringing friends and colleagues.

The workshops will cover:




Dates: 12, 19 and 26 February 2014,

Time:   3-6pm

Venue: Unitec Henderson.

Cost:    $75pp per workshop or $200 for all three.

RSVP to Mandy: mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Directions will be sent once you have confirmed participation.

Places are limited, so get in quick!

Inspiring Communities new book:  Learning by Doing is now available.  To find out more and order your copy CLICK HERE

Oxford Cyber Harassment Research Symposium

Oxford Cyber Harassment Research Symposium at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 27 and 28 March 2014.

An interdisciplinary conference is taking place which is an opportunity for academics, policy makers and other stakeholders (parents, school officials, researchers, law enforcement, psychologists, lawyers, computer scientists, communication service providers and internet service providers) to meet and discuss the many issues related to cybercrime.

For more information, use their web contact form at:


Auckland Council Research Project Seeks Participants with Disabilities from New Lynn, Papatoetoe and Albany

Research Project: How do you feel about living in your local neighbourhood and community

Receive $35

Ignite Research are interviewing people in several Auckland areas for Auckland Council and would like to hear people’s stories about what it’s like living in New Lynn, Papatoetoe, Albany.

If you, or someone you know, would like to take part in this research project and receive a $35 Warehouse voucher and go into a draw for another $100 voucher, for just 40 minutes of your time, then read on.

Ignite Research want to talk to people who…

  • Live in Papatoetoe, Albany, New Lynn
  • Are aged 17-100
  • Are Pacific, Indian, Korean, Chinese, European or Pākehā
  • Have a disability

If you or someone you know fits the description, call email or text Deb on 4795430 / 022 3514537 or dhullaswan@gmail.com, giving the person’s age, ethnicity, and which one of the descriptions above they fit. Deb will sort out a suitable time to talk with you over the next couple of weeks.

Ignite Research, 110 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland

Changes to Auckland Public Transport Network: Have Your Say South Auckland

Over the next few years Auckland Transport is moving to a simpler, more integrated new public transport network for Auckland.

The New Network will change the way people travel. It is a region wide public transport network which is proposed to deliver bus services at least every 15 minutes throughout the day, seven days a week on major routes between the hours of 7am to 7pm.

It will allow more passengers to simply ‘turn up and go’ rather than planning trips around a timetable, offering Aucklanders more flexible travel options over large parts of the city all day, every day.

Due to the scale of change, consultation and implementation for the New Network has been broken into several phases. The process is starting with South Auckland’s network and will soon begin consultation.

To help you understand what the New Network will mean for you, we’ve released a video guide. You can view it here: http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/newnetwork

Have your say

Consulting on the New Network for public transport in South Auckland

Consultation runs from Wednesday 19 June to 4pm Friday 2 August.

To find out more, come along to an open day near you. Check out the dates and times below. Representatives will also be out and about in the streets and shopping centres sharing information too.

Other parts of Auckland will be consulted on over the next few years and detailed route maps for those areas will then be available. Between 19 June and 2 August only feedback on the Southern Network is being sought.

Locations Dates Times

Papakura Crossroads Church

  • 25 Broadway, Papakura Saturday
  • 13 July 10am to 5pm

Manurewa Library

  • 7 Hill Road, Manurewa Monday
  • 15 July 10am to 7pm


  • Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Leisure Centre
  • 14 Waddon Place (Corner Mascot Ave and Waddon Place) Tuesday
  • 16 July 12 to 7.30pm

Papatoetoe Town Hall

  • 35 St George Street, Papatoetoe Wednesday
  • 17 July 10am to 8pm


  • Manukau Room, Auckland Council Civic Building
  • 31 Manukau Station Road (formerly Wiri Station Road) Thursday
  • 18 July 10.30am to 8pm

Otara Market

  • Community Centre
  • Newbury Street, Otara Saturday
  • 20 July 7am to 4pm

Otahuhu Recreation Centre

  • Fairburn Reserve, 30 Mason Ave, Otahuhu Thursday
  • 25 July 10am to 7.30pm

Onehunga Community Centre

  • Jackson & Yates Room
  • 83 Church Street, Onehunga Saturday
  • 27 July 10am to 5pm

Southern New Network launch

Attend the consultation launch with Mayor Len Brown

To open the consultation and get things going, Mayor Len Brown will join the community at Mangere Town Centre. All are welcome, so come along to find out more about the New Network, and to be the first to have your say.

  • What:  Southern Consultation Launch
  • When:  10am to 5pm, Wednesday 19 June
  • Where:  Mangere Town Centre (in the mall)

The Mayor will be there from 2pm to 3pm

Community Pools now Free for Under-16s in Auckland

Our community pools are now FREE for kids 16 years and under.   From the 2nd of April 2013, young Aucklanders will have free access to all council pools across the region during standard operating hours.   This is the result of a council vote in 2012 to make all council-owned pools free for young people aged 16 years and under.

As part of Auckland Council’s Long-Term Plan vision for children and young people, this initiative will allow: Children and young people aged 16 years and under will have universal free access to our pool’s core facilities during standard operating hours. There is a fee for supervising adults that enter the water. Charges will apply to all non-core facility areas like saunas, steam rooms, special play equipment, dive boards and hydroslides. There will be no charge for school groups to book space between 9am and 3pm on school days (unless booking exclusive use). There will be no charge for groups serving children 16 years and under to book space during standard operating hours (unless booking exclusive use).

Additional information can be found by visiting the Auckland Council website.

Info Refresher: The Disability Allowance

The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment to help people meet the costs associated with a disability or health condition (including mental-health conditions). You can find out more by following the link below. You might be surprised to find out just how many things you can get help with if you live with the effects of a health condition.


About the Disability Allowance

The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people of all ages who have a disability or ongoing health condition and need help with the additional costs directly associated with that condition.

It is available to people who qualify for a Community Services Card including those on a benefit or people who are working. There is an income test. An application can also be made on behalf of a child if they are aged 18 years or under and financially dependent on the person who is making the application.

To qualify for Disability Allowance the person must:

have a disability or health condition that is likely to last at least six months have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability which are not fully covered by another agency are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here meet the income and asset test.

Allowable costs covered by a Disability Allowance

Following are some examples of costs that a Disability Allowance may be paid for; noting that the cost must be directly related to the person’s disability:

Alternative treatment: must be supported by a medical practitioner as being necessary to be publically funded for the person’s condition, and the treatment provided or supervised by a health practitioner (under the HPCAA).

Ambulance fees and subscriptions: when a person is required to pay ambulance fees or subscription fees on an annual on-going basis.

Authorised consumables: can cover the ongoing additional cost of consumable items needed by a person, eg hearing aids, vet’s fees etc for guide dogs, incontinence pads (if they are not provided through Health).

Clothing: for additional clothing costs that a person has which may arise because of greater frequency of washing, wear and tear resulting from use of a prosthetic aid or wheelchair or the need to have clothes or shoes made-to-measure.

Counselling: for counselling fees if the need for counselling is directly related to the person’s disability. It is limited to 10 sessions with the opportunity for some additional sessions if clinically indicated (uncommon).

Day care for the elderly disabled: to help meet the costs of an elderly disabled person (usually aged 65 or over) to attend a day care centre, and/or the cost of transport to the centre.

Gardening, lawns and outside window cleaning: covers the costs of gardening, lawn-mowing, and outside window cleaning for the person’s own home or private residence where the person or another resident in the home is unable to do these tasks themselves.

Gym and swimming pool fees: may be paid when the exercise activities are directly related to a person’s disability and will have a therapeutic value.

Medical alarms: to cover the costs of medical alarm rental and monitoring if a medical alarm is necessary for normal daily living and without it, the person’s life or health would be put at risk, or their disability would be aggravated.

Medical fees: to cover the cost of appointments with general practitioners, specialists or hospital fees if the costs are additional and ongoing. This can also include fees for the some other health services (if a registered medical practitioner verifies the need and its relationship to the documented disability or health condition), for example occupational therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, podiatry or dental services.

Pharmaceutical charges: to cover the costs of regular and ongoing pharmaceutical charges. Note: It is generally only paid to assist with the cost of pharmaceutical products that are subsidised or partially subsidised under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act.

Power, gas and heating: for the additional electricity, gas or heating costs that a person has. It is for the costs over and above the normal power consumption of similar-sized households.

Rental equipment: for necessary rental equipment when the client has a need for the item or service but can’t receive funding through the District Health Board or another state funded agency and their life or health would be put at risk, or their disability aggravated if they could not hire the equipment.

Special foods: to cover the additional costs of special foods, ie for costs over and above the normal cost of food. Vitamins, supplements, herbal remedies and minerals can also be included when they are recommended as necessary for the management of the condition.

Telephone: for telephone costs to a person with a disability only when the ongoing cost of the telephone is directly related to the person’s disability.

Transport – disability: for additional travel costs that a person has because of their disability. These additional travel costs can be incurred when a person with a disability is carrying out everyday activities. Examples of everyday activities may include (but is not limited to) shopping, vocational services and work.

Transport – personal health: to cover the costs of regular travel to a health practitioner for supervision or treatment of the person’s disability.

Funded New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf Parents

The Ministry of Education is now funding New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf parents so they can contribute and participate in their children’s core education activities while their children are attending primary and secondary school.

This service covers:

  • formal parent-teacher meetings
  • Individual Education Plan meetings
  • attendance at prize giving/special assemblies
  • attendance at any additional meetings with school staff where any aspect of a child’s education is being discussed
  • attendance at school enrolment meetings.

For information about the service go to: http://www.isign.co.nz/services/funding, or contact Carolyn Grace, phone 04 463 8953 or email carolyn.grace@minedu.govt.nz .

Feedback needed from disabled community on rail crossings

27 February 2013

Further to the dreadful incident that occurred at the Morningside Drive rail crossing this week, KiwiRail wants assistance from the disabled community to help identify the crossings that urgently need upgrading, to increase their safety.

Following a meeting today with KiwiRail staff, Stephen Collett, Northern Regional Manager – Infrastructure and Jenni Austin, Communications Advisor, the following main items were agreed:

  • Immediate feedback to KiwiRail on the difficult/potentially unsafe crossings in Auckland
  • Work with KiwiRail to devise improved standards for pedestrian crossing design
  • Investigate a system to make it easier in the future for people to advise KiwiRail of crossings that need maintenance.

There are 54 on-grade crossings within the Auckland region and we can greatly assist in keeping them as safe as possible by contacting KiwiRail direct.

 Contact Details


Advise of the location of the crossing and description of the problem.

A meeting on Feb 27th started the process of helping to increase the understanding of the diversity of people with impairments/disabilities and the wide range of mobility equipment that is used.

At least the community can help ensure something positive comes about as a result of this awful accident.

Community Consultation to Make Election Processes Accessible: 5 Dec 2012

Community Hui: Promoting Participation in General Elections for Disabled People

Hosted by Auckland Disability Law, Changing Minds, the Mental health Foundation, and Auckland Council

The Electoral Commission wants to hear how services for disabled people can be improved at elections.   Here is a link to the consultation information: www.elections.org.nz

They want to know:

  • any extra information you may need about enrolling and voting
  • how the Electoral Commission can make information about postal voting easily available
  • support for telephone dictation voting for voters who are blind or who have a vision impairment
  • any barriers to completing electoral enrolment form
  • any other initiatives that you would like to see the Commission achieve at future elections

This workshop is for disabled people and disability organisations who want to find out more about the consultation and talk about what to write in their submission.  Your comments will also add to an Auckland Disability Law submission and may be included in other submissions including submissions on voting in Local Government elections.

  • 2-4pm, Wednesday 5 December 2012,
  • Mangere Community Law Centre, off Waddon Place, Mangere

Venue is wheelchair accessible by lift with plenty of parking.

NZSL interpreters have been booked.  Please let the team know by Friday 30 November if you need them or have other access requirements

Numbers are limited, so please RSVP by Friday 30 November 2012

RSVP to: Dale Little, Mental Health Foundation phone 3007021 or email dale@mentalhealth.org.nz