Ngā Mara Ātea to celebrate Matariki in style

A shared feast is the best way to celebrate Matariki but the participants at Life Unlimited’s Ngā Mara Ātea (marae centred programme) in Hamilton are taking it one step further this year. The celebration will comprise of a traditional hangi at Kirikiriroa Marae in Wairere Drive on Tuesday June 11 from 5.30pm but the welcome…

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How not to retire gracefully

After 30 happy, satisfying, years of teaching Lindsay Harvey of Tauranga called it a day at the end of her 65th year. But she wasn’t about to age gracefully. Retirement from the classroom meant it was time for me to move on to other activities and I had the “4 Ts” embedded in my mind.…

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Tinihua becomes Life Unlimited’s valuable community connector

A passion for the disability sector coupled with 32 years’ experience in the field means the appointment of Tinihua Nassar to the role of information advisor at Life Unlimited Charitable Trust has opened up many opportunities for the community, says Life Unlimited Community manager April Johnson. Tinihua started in the role in May and has…

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Life Fit meeting the needs of young people with disabilities

A community-based programme run by Life Unlimited in Hamilton seems to be ticking all the right boxes for its participants, says Idea Services team leader Sarah Edworthy. Life Fit is a fitness, exercise and health programme open to anyone but which also supports people aged 15 plus who have an intellectual disability and/or mental illness.…

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People person returns to Hearing Therapy

Toni Naera is what you would call Te Awamutu to the core.

So, when she was recently reappointed as a Life Unlimited hearing therapist, one of the first places she immediately thought she could make a difference in, was her own home town.

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Waiata programme provides a common goal

Waiata sessions at Kirikiroa Marae in Hamilton, held as part of Life Unlimited’s Ngā Mara Ātea programme, are building participants’ confidence in themselves and each other, says team leader Deborah Baird. Many people come from across the Waikato take part in the training run in partnership with Enrich Plus, who play and provide the music,…

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Real people on loan to readers in Hamilton for autistic first

Hamilton is hosting what is believed to be a New Zealand first Autistic Human Library next week. The event on World Autism Awareness Day Tuesday 2 April is different from most other events taking place around the country as it is autistic-led and focuses on autistic voices. The project is the brainchild of autistic advocate…

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