Mainstream Employment Programme: Kristina’s story

Finding employment at Life Unlimited, with the support of the Mainstream Employment Programme, has been life altering for Upper Hutt woman Kristina McKenzie. It’s boosted her confidence, provided better financial security and given her opportunities to connect with people.

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Genevieve McLachlan sits in her power wheelchair with her guide dog on an accessible bus

Travelling on the new Metlink buses

Genevieve McLachlan and her assistance dog, Pedro, are regular users of public transport in the Wellington region. She’s positive about the changes Metlink have made to ensure buses in the region are fully accessible.

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Lending a paw

With her friendly nature and happy wagging tail, Gem, a Shihtzu cross Bichon hearing dog, is the perfect companion for Blenheim woman Lynn Evans.

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Freedom living her dream

Freedom Nathan is living her dream. The 20-year-old lives independently, cooks, cleans, and even drives at times. In fact, if you didn’t know her, you wouldn’t think she was blind.

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Telling it like it is

You know you’ve found a diamond when you come across a video blurb that reads, “Freedom Nathan tells it like it is with an infectious sense of humour. She’s a farm girl who likes to go fishing and hunting with her cousins…the fact she completely lost her sight at age 5 hasn’t stopped her living life to the full”.

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Clever technology changing Leah’s life

For Leah Duley, one of the biggest frustrations of hearing loss is making other people understand. It can be a battle for the 82-year-old from Carterton, in the Wairarapa, but it’s one she’s winning – with help from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch and some clever gadgets.

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How noisy is too noisy?

Noise induced hearing loss is affecting younger people at higher rates than previous generations so it’s really important to let children and young people know how to protect their ears.

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