Marae programme delivers

When new clients arrive, we talk to whanau about setting goals, and ensuring there is support in place. It is a great thing to see how the programme impacts in such a positive way.

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Making a message heard

Sue Jennings has a message for people who invested in a hearing aid several years ago.This is Hearing Awareness Week, and many of those hearing aid users should be getting them out of the draw.

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Managing conversations challenged Luana

Luana Waru first noticed her hearing was deteriorating when she found it difficult to manage conversations, particularly with her whanau. The Gisborne woman found trying to hear was frustrating and hard.

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A guide to moving with special needs children

Children find it harder to cope with change. A significant change such as moving to another country can be difficult for adults too. The whole exercise is unsettling for kids and it can be unnerving for children with special needs. It is not sufficient for the transition to be well planned. The special needs of…

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Marae-based programme offers variety

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.

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The Cow Shed Story

Joanne Pudney is the mother of a 21-rear old who has high and complex needs. She writes about him and the solution they found in their own back yard. Jack is nonverbal, incontinent, has restricted mobility, and Addison’s disease – and is unable to self-regulate physical and emotional stress, which, translated, means very challenging behaviours.…

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Trying The Good Life

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.”

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Harata, in her happy peace

Harata Te Whetu is a people person, community oriented and she thrives in the Ngā Mara Āte marae-based programme for people with disabilities.

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