Barbara Tane, left, and Te Rōpu Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora branch president Melodie Hamon at the White Ribbon Day in Te Awamutu
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Flatting with others

Flatting or house-sharing is a great option if you don’t want to live alone but want to become independent from your parents or family. You could still be eligible for funded support to help make flatting work for you – or you may wish to pay privately for a support person to carry out some tasks for you.

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Talking about puberty and how to stay safe

Some things are really tough to talk about with your kids, like physical development and puberty, and keeping safe from abuse. Even if you find talking about these issues difficult, it’s important your child gets the facts from you first, rather than from their peers or the internet.

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New approaches to disability funding

If you live in certain regions of New Zealand, you might be interested in new programmes and initiatives that use the New Model for disability support – offering greater choice, control and flexibility

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Early intervention guide for preschoolers

If your child has a disability, or you’re concerned that they are not meeting developmental milestones, then early intervention health and education services may be able to provide support for your child.

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Remain positive, says amputee

As a teenager Jess Quinn did all she could to disguise her prosthetic and pass for “normal.” Today she embrasses her uniqueness and inspires other amputees through social media.

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Parenting teens

Parenting teens can be rewarding but also a challenge. Thankfully there’s lots of great advice out there — the trick is finding the right information and advice to suit your family’s needs and your parenting style.

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