Engage Aotearoa

NEON report

“The likelihood of being in the labour force is greater for some types of disability than others. People with a vision or hearing impairment are most likely to be in the labour force, while people with an intellectual impairment or experience of mental illness are the least likely. ”

From this report:


New Chief Human Rights Commissioner

Just announced:

David Rutherford appointed new Chief Human Rights Commissioner

Of particular interest is David Rutherford’s commitment to disability rights.

Some background information on David Rutherford

Creative Communities Funding Scheme

The Creative Communities Funding Scheme (August round) is now open. Information sessions and application workshops will be held across the city in the next month.

  • August local rounds close on 26 August 2011 (North, West, Central and South)
  • Auckland-wide funding round closes on 26 August 2011
  • decisions will be announced in late October 2011
  • The next round will be in February 2012

Please click on the link for more information about the Creative Communities Scheme:


What’s On

Compiled BY people on limited incomes FOR people on limited incomes…

July issue available for download here.

And with Korero Mai section here.

The Organisational Mental-Health Challenge

We are pleased to announce the launch of our much anticipated Organisational-Mental Health Challenge. For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we want the businesses of Aotearoa to raise awareness in their organisation by signing on to take part in the Organisational Mental Health Survey. It is free to take part and the benefits are wide-reaching.

Not only is this an excellent service evaluation tool, but by promoting participation, your organisation will also raise awareness of mental health amongst its stakeholders and identify ways to improve your impact into the future.

The OMH Survey is usually custom tailored to each service, but for the purposes of this campaign, we will be using a standard version.  Businesses will be sent all necessary promotional materials for their survey and will have Mental Health Awareness Week to attempt to get as many responses as they can.

The Mental Health Foundation of NZ has set the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week as ‘GET IN THE GAME: Training for happiness’.  Here’s a really simple and effective way of getting in the game!


Email our service director at the address above for a registration form.

The Coping Kete’s First Birthday

We are celebrating

It is The Coping Kete’s one year anniversary today!

We just posted the 52nd weekly strategy so you can now find a new coping strategy to try out every week of the year.

And it won’t be ending here. We have just gotten started.

Join us at the Regional Consumer Network Monthly Forum on Thursday July 21st for the official celebration and launch of our new website.  Mahitahi Trust and the AKINA Peer Support Programme will also be presenting on the day.  Mark it on your calendar – 21st of July 9:30 – 12:30 at Western Springs Community Garden Hall.


Thriving Lives Workshop Fee Confirmed

Just a quick update to let everyone know that the fee for the Thriving Lives Workshop on the 17th of August has now been set at $25 per person. There is one FREE space available, funded by an anonymous sponsor. This will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis, so get in quick, if you or someone you know would like to take part but cannot afford it.

There is still a whole month and a half to go until the session, and the workshop is already half-full. This means there are only ten spaces left!

You can check out the information sheet at www.engagenz.co.nz/?page_id=96. Contact us to enroll.

Don’t forget that people are welcome to enrol as a supporter and take part alongside a client, friend or family-member who may find it easier to attend a group session with a support-person by their side. This would be a wonderful experience for anyone planning on taking part in the ‘Thriving Lives For Supporters Workshop’ on October 12th; by making it work for yourself, in your own life, you will be much better prepared for supporting others to make it work in their lives.

Thriving Lives August 17th Flyer

Toi Ora Exhibition

Kia ora

Toi Ora is excited to invite you to the opening of “Colour and Line” on WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE at 6pm at the Tim Melville Gallery, 11 McColl Street, Newmarket.

Toi Ora’s Andrew Blythe is part of this group exhibition that includes work by May Moodoonuthi, Cerisse Palalagi and Jim Vivieaere.

The exhibition will run until Saturday 23 July 2011.


Toi Ora Live Art Trust

6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021

09 360 4171  |  09 360 4172



Calling all young people!

Have you ever been discriminated against because of mental health issues? Are you aged between 18 and 24? Do you live in the greater Wellington region?

If so, the Foundation invites you to take part in a focus group and talk about your experiences, as part of a Mental Health Foundation and Like Minds, Like Mine research project.

Each group takes about two hours and you will receive a $30 voucher in recognition of your time and contribution.

If you would like to know more about the research or are willing to participate please contact Heather by email on heather@mentalhealth.org.nz or by phone: 04 801 0353, or TeReo on 021 133 3457 or by email freedom.writer.1@hotmail.com


Skylight Earthquake Support

Skylight’s free earthquake support counselling service is available for all ages

0800 299 100. (Monday- Friday – 9-5)

and their website has an earthquake recovery page available,

which is full of support resources and trauma support information.