A highlight for participants on the Ngā Mara Ātea marae-based cultural day programme at Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton in late 2018 was setting up the Christmas trees in the central business district at Garden Place.
Finding financial support
Everyone is different, and the support structures will have to take in whole of life views, says Michael Pulman, one of the clients trialling Enabling Good Lives. “At present we focus too much on care and hours of need. The reality is that it varies, and we need contingencies for people with evolving health needs.”
Enabling Good Lives has thrown a lifeline to Kerrianne and her family. It gives them the flexibility to use funding for the supports they need. In Kerrianne’s case, travelling to and from the activities she loves is a high priority.
Barbara Tane’s father worked until he was 82; there is every chance she will do the same. “I can’t see myself stopping soon.” An older brother and sister in their mid-70s still work full-time; another has just retired.
If you are finding it hard to cover the costs of transport, here are some places you can get help.
If you feel you need some extra support when dealing with organisations, healthcare providers or government departments like Work and Income, here are some places you can get advice.
It doesn’t matter where an accident occurs, or what caused it — whether it’s at home, school, work or play — anyone who has an accident and is injured or disabled can get support from ACC.
If someone you care for needs support because of a disability, you can contact your local Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) service. Your local NASC can identify the kinds of services that are available to support you and the person you care for.
Work and Income may be able to help with living costs if you are caring for a disabled person.
If your needs can’t be met by your own income or government-funded services, here are some organisations and charities that may be able to help.