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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

Last Thriving Communities Workshop 29 Nov 2012

At the Orakei Community Centre

  • Wednesday 29 November
  • 12.30pm – 3pm
  • Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Road, Orakei

Email: manager@orakeicentre.org.nz

The discussion document, “Thriving Communities: Auckland Council’s role in supporting communities to flourish” is the start of the development process, and now Auckland Council want your views. So get involved and have your say now as consultation closes at 5pm, Friday 30 November.

Reminder: Thriving Communities Consultation Closes 30 Nov 2012

Thriving Communities – Auckland Council’s role in supporting communities to flourish

Just a reminder that Auckland Council is currently engaging on its ‘Thriving Communities’ Discussion Document. This of the start of the process in developing Auckland Council’s future strategy on what it will do to support community and social development – have your say!

Submissions close on November 30th.

Art Competition

Can you picture thriving and flourishing communities? Why not enter the art work competition and be in to win great cash prizes? Terms and Conditions are attached (and are also on the website).

Community-organised engagement

Community-organised activities on ‘Thriving Communities’ are happening all over Auckland. Please note that activities are constantly being added as they are confirmed – check the website.

Auckland Council Consult on Community & Social Development Action Plan

Auckland Council has started the process of engaging on its community and social development strategic action plan.

Consultation documents

Please find attached the:

An easy read summary of the Discussion Document will be available soon. A large text version is available on request.

All information (including terms and conditions for the art work competition and details of workshops) will be available on the Auckland Council’s website within the next few days.

Otherwise, email cds@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.


Workshops, including community-organised workshops, are taking place all over Auckland during October and November.  See Auckland Council’s website or email cds@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for a list of events.

Art work competition

Enter your visual representation of thriving and flourishing communities and be in to win great cash prizes. More information is in the terms and conditions.

All information will be available on Auckland Council’s website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, or email: cds@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

The consultation period ends Friday 30 November 2012

Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up Epic Networking Event 4 Sep 2012

The Yes Disability Resource Centre invites you to the The Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up

It’s Facebook live…

An epic networking event. Whether you’re a young person or young at heart, have a disability or people who know of people who do, work and innovate within the disability sector, or see the power of collaboration when various sectors work together, this Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up is for you. With presentations from:

AUT, Dotty Wobble, Unique-Extras, Curative, Disabled Snowsprots, Special Olympics, Magnet, Inter-acting, Renaissance Group, Auckland Council

Each presenter will be sprinting through their powerful presentation in 7 minutes, empowering you with clarity as to how they can be a part of your life. Further more this is your opportunity to hear what makes them tick.

Ultimately we are wanting to form a cohesion between the silos within our sector by sharing the views of those who do not attend the more traditional network meetings facilitated by short-bread biscuits and home-spun jumpers. We live in 2012, it’s time to jazz up the way we interact and connect and form those bridges that allow us to expand our horizons. Facebook and other social media is great but we need to step back to face-to-face communication sometime – if we’re always talking to the same people we don’t move forward.

An event exploding with inspiration, information, innovation and cohesion, there is a lot for you to ‘like’ on the 4th of September from 10 – 12:30 at the Roskill Youth Zone 740 Sandringham Road.

Be sure to RSVP and extend the invite as far as you can dream.

Check them out on Facebook and make the day awesome

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Seeking Youth Input

Youth Advisory Panel Representatives Nominations and Voting

Local Boards in Auckland are in the process of finding their area’s representative for the regional Youth Advisory Panel connected to Auckland Council. One of the key things about this Panel is that all representatives must be selected by young people from their area. There will be two intakes – July and February.

  • Hibiscus and Bays Local Board (including Campbells Bay to Okura and Waiwera to Whangaparaoa areas) is running an on-line election process with an information evening tonight at 6pm at the Browns Bay Service Centre. Nominations due by 7 June – voting on-line from 8 June to 15 June – see Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Facebook page.

  • Devonport-Takapuna Local Board (including Devonport to Castor Bay, Forrest Hill and Sunnynook) is running an on-line election process with an information meeting on Monday 11 June 4.00-4.30pm start time at Local Board Chambers, Level 3, Takapuna Service Centre, The Strand, Takapuna. Voting on-line from 12 June to 17 June – see Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Facebook page.

  • Kaipatiki Local Board (including Glenfield, Birkenhead, Northcote areas) – is currently establishing local youth forums and will be nominating a representative for regional Panel in the 2nd intake (February).

  • Upper Harbour Local Board (including Hobsonville, Unsworth, Albany, Greenhithe areas) – is aiming at nominating a regional Panel representative for the 2nd intake.

Settlement Support Workshops Auckland May 2012

Settlement Support NZ Auckland Central – Workshops

Please note that, all the below workshops are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

To register or for more information, please call 625 2440 or email reception@arms-mrc.org.nz

 9 May 2012


9.30am – 12.30pm

Immigration Law and Visa Requirements

(Facilitated by Immigration NZ)

Get up- to-date information on Immigration law and visa requirements.

Visitors, Residents, work and limited/interim visa application

Cancellation of visa

Appeal process and deportation

 14 May 2012


9.30am – 12.15pm

 New Zealand Education System

(Presented by

Ministry of Education)

 Learn  about:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education

 17 May 2012


9.30am – 12.30pm

 Budgeting & Personal Finance

(Facilitated by Salvation Army & New Zealand Financial Planning)


Learn About:

  • What and how to prepare a budget?
  • Plan for your retirement and financial security in your new life in NZ
  • Assess your financial resources – in the NZ context
  • How to protect your assets
  • Increase the value of your money through different forms of investment

 19 May 2012


8.30am – 4.30pm

Auckland Orientation Bus Tour

  • ($5/person)
  • Criteria apply

(Guided by

Auckland Council)

 This is an opportunity for new migrants to tour Auckland to see where you can work live and play.

 31 May 2012


9.00am – 4.00pm

Intercultural Awareness Communication

(For Service Providers)

(May charge a small fee for booklet – To be confirmed)


This programme is designed to enable participants to develop more awareness of their cultural characteristics and those of others so they can communicate more effectively across cultural boundaries. It focuses on using effective communication to build the kinds of relationships that will lead to effective workplace interactions.

MECOSS Cluster Meeting 16 May 2012


  • Wednesday 16th May 2012
  • 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
  • Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St & The Glebe, Howick
  • FREE for members; $5 for non-members

Presenters and topics:

Martine Abel, Programme Advisor Disability: Community Development and Partnerships (Central), Auckland Council

  • Manukau City Council legacy projects and current Auckland Council disability related projects
  • Strategy, policy and Community Development
  • Transport
  • Public facilities and housing
  • Employment
  • Research and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Public libraries services
  • Local Boards
  • Accessible voting and local elections
  • Community engagement

Michele Zackey, CEO, HowPak WrapAround Charitable Trust 

The Howpak Wrap-Around and Strengthening Families will explore what has been learnt from the wonderful families with whom they have worked and how Individualised Funding has contributed to the life opportunities of people with disabilities and their families.

The Howpak Wrap-Around will look at how our multi-systemic service can:

a)   support a family in preparation for an Individualised Funding Application

b)   celebrate and share the stories and life changes that Individualised Funding has made possible in the lives of people and their families.

c)   explore some of the challenges for the families and how they can be empowered through Individualised Funding.

PLEASE RSVP TO admin@mecoss.org.nz 

FREE for members; $5 for non-members

Intergenerational Forum 28 March 2012

Intergenerational Forum – AGENDA

Bringing together young people and older people to debate current affairs!

Auckland Council, Ministry of Youth Development, Office for Senior Citizens, Mental Health Foundation and Age Concern Auckland present

Intergenerational Forum

28 March 2012 9.30 am – 2.30pm

Mt. Albert War Memorial Hall

Propose a topic relevant to your work.  This will be recorded and the results shared with you and interested stakeholders

  • 9.30 – 10.00 registration, tea, coffee & biscuits (people will be encouraged to mix and chat and take a seat)
  • 10.00 – 10.15 Opening Topics are introduced: two topics per table 
  • 10.15 – 12.00 debate At 11.00am, participants will change tables (with an intergenerational icebreaker to enhance movement and interaction)
  • 12.00 – 1.00 Lunch (during the Lunch time, the topics will be written on big pieces of paper and made available for people who would like to comment on other topics that those offered to their table)
  • 1.00 – 2.00 Groups present the result of the debate (this is the part that we will record, and we will also have the notes to ensure an accurate account) 
  • 2.00 – 2.30 poroporoaki Three things people learnt from the session and will take home to their groups

For more details please contact Lucia Davis lucia.davis@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz