Image of university lecturers having a meeting28 September 2022 – Tertiary journey made easier for autistic students

It took Rachael Wiltshire nine years to complete her tertiary education, but it could easily have taken half that time if she knew then what she knows now. Read more about our guides for tertiary educators.

30 June 2022 – Ministry of Disabled People Launch Event

Image of group of disabled people doing craft activities

The launch of the new Ministry for Disabled People will take place this Friday at Parliament.

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30 May 2022 – Samoa Language Week

Tālofa lava.

We’re celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Samoa Language Week.

This year’s theme is Fa’aauau le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai – Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean. Read more…

21 February 2022 – Local Disability Leadership Group Call for Expressions of Interest

Image shows a man wearing a purple shirt with his service animal.

Image shows a man wearing a purple shirt with his service animal.

Life Unlimited’s Needs Assessment & Service Co-ordination (NASC) service is inviting disabled people, especially people who are using or have used NASC services, to join our Local Disability Leadership Group.

We are establishing the disability leadership groups locally as another way of ensuring that everything we do fully reflects the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) principles and vision. Read more



18 November 2021 – Life Unlimited on the new Ministry for Disabled People, Accessibility Legislation & Rollout of Enabling Good Lives

Decorative image – a blue folder labelled ‘Legislation’ is surrounded by other documents.

Decorative image of a blue folder labelled ‘Legislation’ that is surrounded by two piles of other documents.

The government recently announced the creation of a Ministry for Disabled People, along with other significant changes, including new Accessibility legislation and the rollout of Enabling Good Lives. Life Unlimited supports these changes and joins in celebrating the hard work of disabled people that have led to them. Read more



Covid-19 Update 2.45pm Sunday 3 October – Parts of Waikato move to level 3

The Life Unlimited Hamilton office in Palmerston Street will be closed for the week beginning Monday 4 October as parts of Waikato move into Level 3 following confirmation of two community cases in Waikato.

Level 3 will extend from Raglan, north to Te Kauwhata, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Hamilton City.

One case is in Raglan and the other is in Hamilton East. The cases are not connected to the Auckland outbreak but there is a connection between the two new cases.

Mobility Centre store in Hamilton will operate on a click and collect basis during usual trading hours. Please go to our website  to access Live Chat, ring 07 903 7050 or 0800 243 866 or you can still order through our Online Store.

If you have a Hearing Therapy appointment this week, we will be contact to reschedule or please ring 0800 008 011 for an update.

No face to face community programmes will operate under level 3. Please ring 0800 008 011 to find out more.


10 September 2021 – Queenstown Airport introduces Sunflower Lanyard

People with disabilities travelling through Queenstown Airport can now do so a little easier thanks to the introduction of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme.

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Covid-19 Update 4.20pm Monday 6 September – New Zealand except Auckland, Level 2 Lockdown

New Zealand, with the exception of Auckland, will drop to Level 2 Lockdown from 11.59pm on Tuesday 7 September. Auckland remains in Level 4.

Covid-19 Update 11.59pm Tuesday 31 August 2021 – New Zealand south of Auckland, Level 3 Lockdown.

Everywhere south of Auckland dropped alert levels to level 3, with businesses able to operate in a contactless way. Auckland and Northland remain in level 4.

Covid-19 Update 3.10pm Friday 27 August 2021 – New Zealand south of Auckland, Level 3 Lockdown. 

New Zealand, with the exception of Auckland and Northland, moves to Level 3 from 11.59pm Tuesday 31 August. Auckland and Northland remain in Level 4 Lockdown and are likely to be so for a further two weeks.

Covid-19 Update 4.10pm Monday 23 August 2021 – New Zealand Level 4 Lockdown

New Zealand continues in Covid-19 Lockdown until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August. Auckland remains in Level 4 Lockdown until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August.

Covid-19 Update 3.25pm Friday 20 August 2021 – New Zealand remains in Level 4 Lockdown

New Zealand will remain in Level 4 Lockdown until 11.59pm on Tuesday 24 August. Messages below remain.

8am Wednesday 18 August 2021 – New Zealand moves to Level 4 Lockdown

New Zealand, with the exception of Auckland and Coromandel, moved to Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm yesterday for three days.

Auckland and Coromandel are in Lockdown for seven days.

This means all Hearing Therapy appointments for today, Thursday and Friday have been postponed.

Life Unlimited will make contact if your appointment is affected.

Our Mobility Centre stores in Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings and Lower Hutt are closed but our Online Store remains open and will follow strict hygiene, contact tracing and screening protocols.

As an essential service, we can still process your online orders. Please visit our access our Live Chat or phone 0800 243 866 for further assistance.

Live Chat is also available on our page should you need any help. Plus Live Chat is available on our Life Unlimited website.

Needs Assessment Service Coordination and Local Area Coordination are considered essential services and will still be operating, with enhanced protections, even at Level 4. We will contact you if your appointment is affected in any way.


2 July 2021 – Life Unlimited launches Hidden Disability Sunflower

One in five New Zealanders have a disability and 80 per cent of those are invisible ones.

People with hidden disabilities experience challenges as they travel or visit facilities around the country. Read more

17 June 2021 – New chair appointed for Life Unlimited

Wellington independent director Karen Coutts has been appointed the Life Unlimited Charitable Trust interim chair from July.

She will lead a new organisation, the result of a merger between two disability trusts, AccessAbility and Life Unlimited. Read more


10 May 2021 – Grunty scooter provides Robert with independence

When the battery on Robert Price’s mobility scooter kept running flat last year, it robbed him of the independence he and the Te Kaha community valued.

The 74-year-old former mechanic and truck driver is a familiar figure around Te Kaha, a small Bay of Plenty community near Ōpōtiki. Robert has had a mobility scooter for nearly eight years since he had a stroke and then a brain injury following surgery. Read more

3 May 2021 – Life Unlimited and Access Ability to merge

Two leading national disability organisations will merge from July 1.

Life Unlimited and Access Ability, both charitable trusts with a long involvement in the health and disability sector across New Zealand, say the merger will position them as a new organisation for the future which includes upholding the rights of disabled people to take control of their own lives. Read more.

15 April 2021 – Disability and the Law – supporting people and their families

Practising law in the disability space is something Nan Jensen excels at but her decision to go into it was through what she describes as “selfish” reasons.

She writes on why she practices law. Read more



9 April 2021 – Don’s a winner with his big yellow mobility scooter

When Don Collier and Heather Smith got back from a recent holiday to find several messages on their answerphone from Mobility Centre in Tauranga, they thought there was something wrong with the Pride mobility scooter they bought in January.

So, while they were in downtown Tauranga shopping, they popped into Mobility Centre on Devonport Road and it was then store manager Mandy Bagri gave them the good news – they had won back the purchase price of their Pride Pathfinder 140XL. Read more.


28 March 2021 – Managing the impact of hearing loss

Going out on your own in public when you’re hard of hearing can be really difficult. Nikki Martin says she can’t go out to a cafe or restaurant, when it’s busy, because it’s so noisy. Read more.

22 March 2021 – Mobility scooter gives Te Aroha woman new lease of life

Taking possession of a new mobility scooter meant Ronny Pitts went from being housebound for five years to being able to go where and when she wants without asking her family for help.

The 66-year-old Te Aroha resident bought an Invacare mobility scooter from Mobility Centre’s van salesman Gary Darkes after he helped her with an application to the Lottery Grants Board.

“He guided me through, checked the reference letters and I sent it off. Then about a month ago I got a letter back saying it had been approved. I was so excited that I straight away sent them a thank you letter and then rang Gary up,” said Ronny. Read more.

Friday 12 March 2021 – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 1

Auckland has joined the rest of the country in alert level 1 from noon.

11 March 2021 – Mobility Centre Hamilton named best big city retailer

New Zealand-owned Allied Medical has announced Mobility Centre store in Hamilton achieved the most significant sales growth within a major centre last year for its assistive technology products.

Managing director Katie Noble presented the award to Life Unlimited Charitable Trust chief executive Megan Thomas and Mobility Centre service and development manager Todd Stephenson last week. Read more.

4pm Friday 5 March 2021 – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 2, New Zealand Level 1

Cabinet agreed today that Auckland would move back to Covid-19 Level 2 and New Zealand to Level 1 from 6am on Sunday 7 March 2021.

If you had a hearing appointment in Auckland, we will be in touch or you can either email you can register for an appointment or phone 0800 008 011

9pm Saturday 27 February 2021 – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 3, New Zealand Level 2

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Aucklandwill move to Alert Level 3 at 6am Sunday 28 February for seven days.

This means all Hearing Therapy appointments in Auckland have been postponed.

The rest of the country moves to Level 2.

Life Unlimited will make contact if your appointment is affected. Other Hearing Therapy services will operate as normal following strict hygiene, contact tracing and screening protocols.

Our Mobility Centre stores in Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings and Lower Hutt will remain open and will follow strict hygiene, contact tracing and screening protocols.

For our Auckland Mobility Centre clients, we can still process your online orders. Please visit our website and access our Live Chat or phone 0800 243 866 for further assistance.

25 February 2021 – Communication pitfalls for the hard of hearing

When you’re hard of hearing, one of the worst experiences is when you and the person on the other side of the counter or desk are trying to get the messages through.

It makes for another challenging day for those who are hard of hearing and for the person trying to communicate with you.

Life Unlimited has produced resources to help businesses and organisations help the hard to hearing. Read more

22 February 2021 – Massive call to action to address hearing loss in New Zealand

Life Unlimited is supporting the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Day on Wednesday 3 March calling it a “massive call to action” for New Zealand.

The theme for World Hearing Day is Hearing Call for ALL! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate.

The number of people in New Zealand living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable, says Life Unlimited. Read more

3pm Monday 22 February – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 1

Auckland joins the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on Monday 22 February.

4.45pm Wednesday 17 February 2021 – Auckland moves down to Covid-19 Level 2, New Zealand Level 1

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will move out of Alert Level 3 and into Level 2 at 11.59pm today.

The rest of New Zealand moves back to Level 1.

Our Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy services will now operate as normal following strick hygiene, contract tracing and screening protocols.


7.30pm Sunday 14 February 2021 – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 3, New Zealand Level 2

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Aucklandwill move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm for three days.

This means all Hearing Therapy appointments in Auckland for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed.

The rest of the country moves to Level 2.

Life Unlimited will make contact if your appointment is affected. Other Hearing Therapy services will operate as normal following strict hygiene, contact tracing and screening protocols.

Our Mobility Centre stores in Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings, Lower Hutt and our Pop Up store in Cambridge will remain open and will follow strict hygiene, contact tracing and screening protocols.

For our Auckland Mobility Centre clients, we can still process your online orders. Please visit our website and access our Live Chat or phone 0800 243 866 for further assistance.

5am, Thursday 31 December 2020 – Life Unlimited stalwart recognised by Queen in New Year Honours’ List

John McIntoshJohn McIntosh has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to people with disabilities. John is Life Unlimited’s community liaison and was a senior manager when the organisation established disability resource centres. They went on to become Mobility Centre stores.

Life Unlimited chief executive Megan Thomas said the stores’ primary focus on ‘getting people moving’ whatever their disability, remains as relevant today as it did back then.

“The award is a testament to John and his committment to the Hamilton and greater Waikato disability community.

“In recent times John has been a willing public speaker on behalf of Life Unlimited at functions such as Rotary, service and community groups and clubs talking about Ageing with a Disability.

“I have always been impressed by John’s commitment to raising disability issues at whatever forum he is at and going the extra mile for the disability community.

“He is an excellent work colleague whose presence lights up whatever room he enters, and his guidance is always sought by everyone at Life Unlimited.”

John was born in 1947 with scoliosis – or curvature of the spine. The Hamilton resident has never let his disability slow him down. But, he admits, as he gets older his disability is having a bigger impact on daily life.

“My curvature of the spine is getting worse; therefore my breathing is getting worse. I tire easily and I’ve developed glaucoma…and that’s just gradually getting worse too.” Read more

14 December 2020 – Hearing impairment advice service for Oamaru residents

Smoke alerting devices for the hearing impaired save lives when installed and thanks to a partnership between Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Life Unlimited Charitable Trust they can now be quickly installed in Oamaru and potentially fully funded.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand fire risk management officer Mark Bredenbeck and Life Unlimited hearing therapist Heather Talbott work together to ensure information about the devices is readily available. Read more.

13 December 2020 – Don’t let hearing loss ruin social occasions

Social occasions allow us to take a break and reconnect with family and friends, but they can be stressful for those who experience hearing loss. Hearing therapist, Tracy Henderson, has some great tips to make social gatherings more enjoyable. Read more


10 December 2020 – Hard of hearing, strategies to cope

Roly Ellis developed a hearing loss over time starting when he drove tanks while serving in the British Army.

But it was well into his second term as Tararua District mayor many years later that hearing things in his work environment became more of a challenge. He struggled to hear at meetings, conferences and social events. But the catalyst for change came on Christmas Day three years ago. Read more

13 November 2020 – Important Notice for our Hamilton customers

The roadworks in Palmerston Street are nearing an end and fortunately for us Phase 1 is complete and the piece outside our offices is now sealed and open to Mobility Centre customers, Hearing Therapy clients and other visitors.

12 November 2020 – Hearing Loss No Problem For Job Seeker

Resha Bhana is ready to find herself a job having overcome teasing and a lack of confidence caused by hearing loss in both ears.

The 23-year-old Taranaki horticulture student hopes her love of tramping, gardening, crafts and baking make her an employable option but until then she will continue to visit Life Unlimited’s Hearing Therapy service to maintain her personal hearing improvement journey. Read more.

7 October 2020 – Important notice for our Hamilton clients

For the next few weeks, access is limited to Life Unlimited/Mobility Centre due to roadworks in Palmerston Street. We have alternative arrangements for our valued customers and clients.

Thanks to PAK’nSAVE in Clarence Street, we have access to car parking spaces with footpath access to Life Unlimited/Mobility Centre.

  • Mobility Centre customers phone 0800 243 866 or 07 903 7050 to discuss your requirements
  • You can order any product by phone if you are unable to access our store during the roadworks
  • Free delivery for all products over $100 ordered by phone.
  • Read more about Palmerston St Roadworks and Major Road Works.

6 October 2020 – Changes at Mobility Centre increases customer choice

New Zealand’s leading mobility aid and equipment provider has made significant changes to its business model in order to meet customers’ changing needs.

Mobility Centre, owned and operated by Life Unlimited Charitable Trust, has confirmed three new retail partners in the North Island and appointed Gary Darkes, pictured, a long-standing mobility scooter specialist to cover the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions with van-based sales’ operations. Read more

14 September 2020 – Life in a Pandemic – Chief Executive Introduction

Life in a Pandemic

On 21 March 2020, Aotearoa entered a situation no one had ever encountered, or imagined, before. We were suddenly at Level 2 of a new pandemic alert response system, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Four days later, we were at Level 4 of the alert system; a full Lockdown confining people to their home bubble. Read more




17 August 2020 – Don’t slow down disability gains, says Life Unlimited

Megan Thomas – Chief Executive

The significant work underway to transform New Zealand’s disability support system giving disabled people and their families greater choice and control over their lives should not stall because of the recently released Health and Disability Review. Life Unlimited Charitable Trust, which nationally provides health and disability information, advice and equipment, supports a major review of the health and disability system but not at the expense of the learning achieved under Enabling Good Lives (EGL) and system transformation. Read more.

10 July 2020 – Two new trustees appointed to Life Unlimited board

Vaughan Mikkelson

Mary Cave-Palmer

Experienced business adviser and director Mary Cave-Palmer and disability rights and inclusion advocate Vaughan Mikkelson have been appointed as trustees to the Life Unlimited board.

They join chair John Dobson and trustees Lindsay Cumberpatch, Tiffiney Perry, Bruce Tocker and Sarah Verran in being responsible for governing and protecting the long-term interests of Life Unlimited. Read more.

18 June 2020 – Two Mobility Centre stores under review

Life Unlimited Charitable Trust has announced it is reviewing its Mobility Centre stores in Gisborne and Rotorua. Chief executive Megan Thomas said the trust’s other stores in Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings and Lower Hutt were unaffected by the review.

Gisborne Mobility Centre

Rotorua Mobility Centre

Neither was its Online Store which was an essential business during the COVID-19 lockdown. Read more



18 May 2020 – We Are ‘Hear’ For You

Level 2 has arrived and we are looking forward to working with you all again.

We want to reassure you that we are following all recommended health protocols and will be providing safe environments for all our clients. Read more.

1 April 2020 – Pitfalls to self-isolation when you cannot hear

You might be in self-isolation, but you are not alone! In the last few weeks we have seen COVID-19 reach pandemic levels. New Zealand is in lockdown and, apart from essential services, we are all staying at home in our bubbles.

During this time, we don’t want people with hearing loss to feel unsupported. Read more.

25 March 2020 – Ordering Online for Essential Supplies from New Zealand’s Mobility Centre

We know this is a difficult time for many of our clients who are vulnerable either through mobility issues, age, have a permanent or temporary disability, or are recovering from an accident or post hospital treatment. Read more.



17 March 2020 – Life Unlimited responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and wellbeing of our clients, customers, families, whānau and our staff is now, more than ever, a key priority for us in our communities. We want to let you know what Life Unlimited, Altogether Autism, Mobility Centre and Hearing Therapy, are doing in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more



25 February 2020 – Don’t let hearing loss limit you

March is Hearing Awareness Month, so now may be a good time to get you or your loved ones hearing checked out. People of all ages can be affected by hearing loss – if you suspect yourself or someone you know may not be hearing as well as they should be, Tracy Henderson at Life Unlimited in Invercargill can help. Read more:

10 February 2020 – Don’t let hearing loss limit you

Life Unlimited has joined forces with the World Health Organization to highlight that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. Read more:


13 Dec 2019 – Enrich Life provides shared services support to charitable trusts

Donna Rawlings

Two of New Zealand’s leading disability support organisations have formed a unique company to deliver shared services support to both organisations. Read more.



18 Oct 2019 – New CEO appointed to Life Unlimited

Life Unlimited has appointed Megan Thomas as the organisation’s new Chief Executive. The Hamilton-based charitable trust, which nationally provides health and disability advice and equipment, made the announcement today. Read more.


7 Oct 2019 – Launched Festival highlights dance crew’s talents

Several participants of Life Unlimited’s Nga Mara Atea programme recently performed at the annual Launched Festival held at Southwell School’s Performing Arts Centre in Hamilton. Read more.


3 Oct 2019 – At one nature theme for Hamilton mental health event

Life Unlimited joined other health providers in Hamilton’s Garden Place last week to raise awareness around mental health issues. Read more.



1 Aug 2019 – Life Unlimited Charitable Trust chief executive to retire

Life Unlimited Charitable Trust chief executive Mark Brown will shortly retire from the Hamilton-based health and disability provider after nine years in the role. Read more.


7 June 2019 – 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. Read more


7 June 2019 – 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. Read more


7 June 2019 – 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. Read more

7 June 2019 – 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 her to move on to other activities and she had the “4 Ts” embedded in her mind. Read more

29 March 2019 – 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 advisor Paula Jessop. Read more …

21 February 2019 – Could you be missing out?

Sometimes hearing loss can deprive a person of important life signals e.g. the kettle boiling, a tap at the door. Hearing Awareness Week, from 3-9 March gives our hearing therapists the chance to spread the word about how hearing loss can lead to communication breakdown and result in frustration and isolation. Read more.



25 February 2019 – Bed levers recalled from sale and hire

Bed levers using metal hoops sold and available for hire at our Life Unlimited stores in Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne and at Mobility Centre in Lower Hutt have been removed from stock.

This follows a warning from the Ministry of Health following a Coroner’s advice that the wide single loop bed lever has a potential risk for head entrapment. Read more

31 January 2019 – Came in for a walking frame, left with a kettle too

When Jean Moore’s name was drawn out from the hundreds of entries received at the Life Unlimited stores in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and Gisborne to win a free red Uccello kettle, she was thrilled. Read more


31 January 2019 –  A room to relax and stimulate

Regular exposure to the Snoezelen sensory room at Life Unlimited enables clients to relax and explore their sensory environment, and in turn find more appropriate ways to remain relaxed or stimulated outside of the room. Read more


30 January 2019 – Kihikihi hub is a winner

A collaborative project to provide health care in the Waikato town of Kihikihi has added to the “whānau feel” of the community. Read more





30 January 2019 – A chip off the old block

April Johnson was inspired by her parents and the journey of a family member after a serious crash.

The Community services support manager is responsible for a team of seven at Life Unlimited. Read more.

30 January 2019 – Aileen’s letter ‘a gift’

Aileen Mudford

Anyone who has met Gisborne Life Unlimited Store manager M-J Bloem will know she’s seldom lost for words.

But when regular customer Aileen Mudford stopped by the Life Unlimited Store and handed M-J a letter, she was left speechless. Read more.


23 January 2019 – Annual hearing loss awareness month

In March 2019, the National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) is holding its first Silent March awareness month and Life Unlimited hearing therapists will be out and about encouraging people to ‘check your hearing’. Read more



1 October 2018 – Getting back to work life changing for Kristina

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. Read more.


21 September 2018 – Waikato University student proves anyone can dance

Any reservations Waikato University student Courtney Richmond had about leading a dance class of young people with varying degrees of disability, soon disappeared as each of the young dancers began to emerge from their shell. Read more

6 September 2018 – Fresh new look for Altogether Autism website

We’re very excited about the new Altogether Autism website which has gone live this week. It’s the result of months of work which started at last year’s Altogether Autism conference with a workshop where we asked the autism community what they wanted from the website. Read more.




30 August 2018 – Genevieve McLachlan an entrepreneur and advocate

Find out what drives Genevieve McLachlan – a successful entrepreneur, member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to people with disabilities and new member of the Disabled Leadership Group at Life Unlimited. Read more.

23 August 2018 – Cambridge woman wins place on Life Unlimited board

Sarah Verran of Cambridge is winner of the Institute of Directors’ (IOD) Waikato branch Emerging Director – Disability Sector Award. For her prize, Sarah will sit on the board of Life Unlimited for a year. She will receive $4000 in professional development learning from the Institute of Directors, plus IoD complimentary membership and attendance at IoD events. Read more

20 August 2018 – Breast cancer diagnosis a health first for Celia

It was Martha Hancey who first spotted three years ago her older sister Cecilia had something wrong with her right breast. Read more.

20 August 2018 – Disability Start workshops change attitudes

When a customer with a disability comes to the counter at Hamilton City Council, they know they’re going to be treated appropriately thanks to a training programme running at the council with a local charitable trust. Read more.

23 July 2018 – Learn while you earn

The chance to gain a recognised qualification for free while learning on the job in a profession that makes a real difference in people’s lives is more appealing thanks to an exciting new training programme from national hearing therapy provider Life Unlimited. Read more.

9 July 2018 – Growing good leadership

A new Disabled Leadership Group brought together by Life Unlimited will bring a valuable mix of expertise, lived experience and fresh thinking to help inform the future direction of the organisation and the services it delivers. Read more.

Two women in an office standing on either side of a trophy19 June 2018 – Life Unlimited wins innovation award

A series of short videos featuring disabled people talking openly and honestly about their lives has been recognised with an innovation award from the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres. Read more.

14 June 2018 – Life #LiveChat on Online Information Hub

Visitors to Life Unlimited’s disability information website can now get real-time answers to their real-time questions with #LiveChat. A friendly, knowledgeable Life Unlimited team member will be available at key times in the day to answer questions online. Read more.

5 April 2018 – Raceday fundraiser scooter finds new home in Rotorua

Rotorua resident Bill Parker is the proud owner of a new Neo Saturn mobility scooter and his purchase is helping Age Concern programmes in Auckland and Counties Manukau. Read more.

4 April 2018 – Standing up to bullies

Timothy Folkema hopes baring his soul in print and on video about the bullying he experienced as a youngster empowers others experiencing something similar to stand up for themselves too. Read more.

27 March 2018 – Life Unlimited on the hunt for an emerging director

Being a board member can be extremely rewarding but also intimidating when you first start out which is why Life Unlimited trustee Tiffiney Perry is encouraging people to apply for an emerging director award. Read more.

22 March 2018 – Win prizes at Pasifika with Hearing Therapy

The Hearing Therapy team will tempt festival goers with some exciting giveaways at Pasifika Festival this weekend, including a fun, family game for the person who guesses the correct number of ear plugs in a jar. Read more.

21 March 2018 – New Zealand’s first Changing Places facility opens

Changing Places are high-specification facilities designed and built to cater to the needs of people with significant physical impairments. The first one of it’s kind in New Zealand has just opened at Hamilton Gardens. Read more.

19 March 2018 – Getting mobile at 50+

The opportunity to be part of the “50 and loving it! festival event” on April 14 and 15 at Hamilton Gardens is too good to miss, says the general manager of mobility experts Life Unlimited Store William Hughes. Read more.

John McIntosh1 March 2018 – Census seeks to get better information on disabled people’s experiences

A set of questions designed to identify individuals who are at greater risk of experiencing restricted social participation because of difficulties undertaking basic activities are included in the 2018 Census. Read more.

9 February 2018 – Ageing with a disability sucks, says long-time advocate

John McIntosh has never let his disability slow him down.  But, he admits, as he gets older his disability is having a bigger impact on daily life. Read more.

12 December 2017 – Swimming success for Deshan

Deshan Walallavita hasn’t rested on his laurels since he appeared in the Spring issue of Infolink after he was named a top-10 finalist in the IHC Art Awards. Now he’s won a swag of medals at the 2017 Special Olympics National Summer Games. Read more.

30 November 2017 – Fresh focus for Life Friends

Life Unlimited’s popular friendship programme Life Friends is heading to Fraser High School as part of the continuing adult education programme and will reflect the new focus of the programme to support people to learn lifelong skills that will enable them to develop meaningful friendships. Read more.

Bus door with accessible signage30 November 2017 – Transport essential to live, work and play

A Hamilton initiative aims to identify transport solutions so people with disabilities can access community life, reports Life Unlimited community liaison John McIntosh. Read more.

30 November 2017 – Meet Question Time star Darya Small

Between school, StarJam and her involvement with Life Unlimited programmes Life Fit and Life Friends Darya Small’s like any typical, busy 19 year old. She’s also a star of Question Time. Read more.

22 November – Have a Go Day returns for 2017

Alinker walking bikes, alternative sports and the city’s accessible buses will all feature during Have A Go Day this Saturday, 2 December. Read more…


21 November 2017  – Moving Under Own Steam

Te Awamutu woman Vanessa Edwards has Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, a disease of the central nervous system that affects movement, sensation and body functions. “My legs have a burning sensation all the time and I always feel tired,” she says.  “I can’t walk very far and get quite wobbly.” “If I go shopping I have to park as close to the shop as possible.” Read more…


11 September 2017 – Sensory garden opens

Life Unlimited celebrated the official opening of the multi-sensory garden in Palmerston Street, Hamilton on 4 September. Read more…


11 September 2017 – Rotorua dance class a chance to shine

A new mixed ability dance class in Rotorua allows people living with physical impairments or learning disabilities to get creative and express themselves through dance. Read more…

John McIntosh11 September 2017 – Greater choice for print disabled

Life Unlimited community liaison John McIntosh welcomes New Zealand’s recent decision to join an international treaty that will improve access to written materials for blind and visually impaired New Zealanders. Read more…

4 September 2017 – Deshan’s Award-Winning Art Journey

Proof that Hamilton’s Deshan Walallavita is rapidly exploring his full potential as an artist came last week (30 August) when he was a top 10 finalist in the IHC Art awards. Read more…

4 September 2017 – Rotorua physio praises Alinker walking bike

A Rotorua physiotherapist has given a glowing review of The Alinker non-motorised walking bike without pedals launched in New Zealand last month. Read more…

7 August 2017 – Tiffiney Perry appointed to charitable trust board

Life Unlimited Charitable Trust has appointed former Paralympian and New York Marathon handcyclist champion Tiffiney Perry to its board replacing long-standing board member Andrew Smith. Read more…

4 August 2017 – Marina’s mosaic a gift of love in sensory garden

When Marina Giostra returns to her home in Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic coast next week, she will leave behind a remarkable mosaic gift in a Hamilton sensory garden. Read more…

31 July 2017 – Walking bike changes Coromandel woman’s life

JO GRIFFIN loves that people look at her at eye level now and that people, who in the past ignored her, now comment on what a cool yellow machine she is sitting on. Read more. 

28 July 2017 – Kiwis taking up the challenge

Hundreds of New Zealanders will find out what it’s like to live with a hearing loss when they take up the Silent Leadership Challenge on Friday August 4. Read more

12 July 2017 – Loving life after hearing therapy

Holly Campbell finished working with a hearing therapist earlier this year. As part of her final rehabilitation session, her hearing therapist encouraged her to reflect back on her journey and how her life has changed since. Read more.

10 July 2017 – Conference to deal with autism’s life-challenging transitions

Every two years Altogether Autism, New Zealand’s leading provider of trusted autism information and advice, brings together a top line up of international and New Zealand speakers and advisors on autism. Read more here.

13 June 2017 – Final autism conference keynote speakers confirmed

Altogether Autism has confirmed the final two keynote presentations for the 2017 learning event at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport on July 19 and 20.

Peter Dowrick joins the line-up and will speak on the theory of feedforward as a cognitive-behavioural principle of learning with advantages for autism.
Read more here.

1 June 2017 – Sensory garden under construction

Work has begun on a new multi-sensory garden at the Palmerston Street location of Life Unlimited, that will include a water feature, textured walkways and a range of fragrant and edible plants. Read more here.

1 June 2017 – Disability sector under transformation

A transformation is under way in the disability sector, where disabled people and families have been calling for more choice and control over their support and lives. Read more here.

John McIntosh31 May 2017 – Disability responsive training

Life Unlimited community liaison, John McIntosh, writes about a programme designed to help organisations and businesses understand disability, eliminate barriers and promote inclusion.  Read more here.

30 May 2017 – Untapping autistic potential in workforce

New Zealand’s leading provider of autism information and advice is looking for employment stories from autistic people either employed, unemployed or under employed in the job market. Read more here.

11 May 2017 – Altogether Autism applauds Education Amendment Bill’s seclusion stance

New Zealand’s leading provider of research-based autism information today acknowledged the historic passing of the third and final reading of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, which prohibits the use of seclusion in schools and early childhood services, and creates a legislative framework for the appropriate use of physical restraint in schools. Read more here.

4 May 2017 – Life Unlimited charitable trust in Gisborne moves

A charitable trust offering health and disability information, advice and equipment has moved to a new Gisborne base at 105 Disraeli Street. Read more here.


Friday 28 April 2017 – People with autism do excel in workplace

New Zealand has an untapped resource at the ready to fill gaps in the workforce provided they get the support they need to excel, says the charitable trust charged with providing trusted national autism information and advice. Read more here.

Monday 24 April 2017 – Mobility scooter safety top priority for charitable trust

One of New Zealand’s leading providers of mobility scooters says it’s keen to engage with local authorities about mobility scooter safety and awareness. Read more here.

Friday 31 March 2017 – Gisborne Store is on the move and into the community

Expect to see M-J Bloem out and about in the Gisborne community more from Monday (April 3) when the Life Unlimited Store moves to 105 Disraeli Street. Read more here.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 – Would you hear your smoke alarm?

If you are changing smoke alarm batteries this weekend for the end of daylight saving and either live with someone or have a hearing impairment yourself, then you might want to consider investing in a better smoke alarm. Read more here.

Friday 24 March 2017 – Altogether Autism rejects measles vaccine myth

The country’s leading provider of trusted autism information and advice has come out strongly against claims of a link between vaccinations and autism in its latest Altogether Autism journal published today. Read more here.

Tuesday 14 March 2017 – Altogether Autism says no links between vaccinations and autism

There are concerns the release of controversial anti-vaccine movie Vaxxed in New Zealand will result in more children missing vaccinations. Recently many people questioned the link between autism and vaccinations again. Altogether Autism’s stance is there is no link. Read more here.

Anne Greatbatch holding assistive listening devices with client Nikki MartinWednesday 1 March 2017 – Find help to manage the impact of hearing loss on work life

There are days Nikki Martin’s hearing problems mean she would rather hide than socialise, but the ongoing help she gets from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch soon pulls her out of any negative feelings. Read more here.

28 February 2017 – Altogether Autism announces conference keynote speakers

Altogether Autism has confirmed three keynote speakers for the 2017 conference in July, including Emeritus Professor Rita Jordan from the University of Birmingham. Read more here.

24 February 2017 – Kiwi Innovation now in Life Unlimited Store

A walking frame unlike anything you’ve seen before has arrived in store. Read more here.


23 February 2017 – Transforming Lives: Puneeta’s story

Puneeta lives in a village in Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest and most populated regions of India. It is home to the poorest people in India, many of whom rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Read more here.

23 February 2017 – Humour, invention and rebellion

In the 1960s and 70s ‘dine and dance’ venues offered a glimmer of sophistication in towns up and down New Zealand. Read more here.


John McIntosh23 February 2017 – New Zealand disability strategy revised

The New Zealand Disability Strategy will guide the work of Government agencies on disability issues from 2016 to 2026. Read more here.


23 February 2017 – Online Information Hub goes live

Life Unlimited has unveiled new ways for people to get the information they need to live the life they choose. Read more here.


Jessica Lissaman13 February 2017 – New report shines light on impact of hearing loss

Hearing loss is a significant issue facing the New Zealand population with 880,350 people in New Zealand now living with some type of hearing loss, according to new research. Read more here.

31 January 2017 – Want to get mobile and enjoy public transport?

Using public transport can be a daunting experience for people with disabilities but a “Have a Go Day” at Melling Station in Lower Hutt on Saturday February 11 should go a long way towards making travelling easier. Read more here.

24 January 2017 – Supporting disabled teens to succeed at school

The move to secondary school for young people with disabilities can be challenging, even for those who may have previously thrived at primary school. Read more here.

15 December 2016 – Inspiring programme for youth with disabilities

Life Unlimited will run Sport Waikato’s popular Sport Opportunity After School programme for young people with disabilities from next year. Read more here.

29 November 2016 – Life Unlimited welcomes refreshed Disability Strategy

Life Unlimited chief executive Mark Brown today welcomed the update and refresh to the New Zealand Disability Strategy. Read more here

John McIntosh at Consumer Council workshop29 November 2016 – Consumer Council for Waikato DHB

Life Unlimited community liaison John McIntosh writes about what a Consumer Council will mean for Waikato.

Read more here.

Tony McLean29 November 2016 – Why am I involved with cbm?

Tony McLean is a general manager for ImagineBetter. he’s also passionate about his work with cbm, an aid organisation that supports people with disabilities in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Read the whole text here.

Kerrianne balances on a beam29 November 2016 – Enabling Good Lives: Kerrianne’s journey

When Kerrianne Arvidson moved away from Morrinsville, it became harder for her to access services. The Enabling Good Lives initiative has given Kerrianne and her family more options.

Read the whole text here.

busit-event29 November 2016 – Have a Go Day and Disability Expo on 6 December

A Have a Go Day and Disability Expo in Hamilton next week will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about accessing public buses and gain other skills and advice to enable people to live the independent life they choose.

Read the whole text here.

Mary Fisher swimming at the 2016 NZ Swim Open Championships24 November 2016 – Paralympian swimmer faces new challenge

Mary Fisher has a key message for anyone with a disability and she draws on her experiences as a world champion Para-Swimmer to illustrate its importance.

Read the whole text here.

front-cover-2_page_123 November 2016 – Autism journal looks at parenting on the spectrum

Three parents with autistic children have shared their experiences in the latest edition of the quarterly Altogether Autism journal out in digital form today.

The theme for the journal is Parenting on the Spectrum which according to Altogether Autism national manager Catherine Trezona comes with a unique set of challenges.

Read the whole text here.

Conceptual image about human hearing. Soundwave and human ear

14 November 2016 – Preparing for disaster when you have hearing loss

One in six New Zealanders have a hearing impairment so an earthquake presents additional challenges to them both during and after the quake.

‘Drop, cover and hold’ is the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake. But, are you prepared for the days after an earthquake?

Read the whole text here.

p101007711 November 2016 – Gallagher’s public challenge highlights hearing issue

It was 10 minutes into the presentation.

Martin Gallagher sat in his seat 15 rows back craning to hear what the presenter was saying. She had a voice which she conveyed effectively to the crowded room, the pitch raised and steady and the volume varied in such a way that the people should have been able to hear.

Read the whole text here.

11 November 2016 – Additional van added, more transport options

Hamilton Taxis has added a second mobility van to their fleet to provide a 24 hour, seven day a week service to make getting around Hamilton easier for people in mobility scooters and power wheelchairs.

Read the whole text here.

3 November 2016 – Autism organisation takes strong stance on seclusion use

Altogether Autism, a free, nationwide service for autism spectrum information and advice, today welcomed education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement that seclusion rooms at schools will be made illegal under new legislation.

National manager Catherine Trezona and clinical psychologist Jenny Gibbs said seclusion rooms had been established because sometimes teachers and parents did not know what else to do.

Read the whole text here.

1 November 2016 – Mobility Scooter Awareness Training Days

Check out the dates and venues for Hamilton Mobility Scooter Awareness Training Days.

13 October 2016 – Power chair donated to Hamilton Zoo

A collaboration led by Friends of Hamilton Zoo has made an electric wheelchair available to mobility-impaired visitors to the popular city zoo.

Read the whole text here.

12 October 2016 – Disability events

Take a look at some of the events happening over the next few months.

Read the whole text here.

12 October 2016 – Disability news

More than a quarter of adults with autism are currently experiencing significant symptoms of depression, new research from one of the country’s leading autism experts has found.

Read the whole text here.

12 October 2016 – Cochlear implant a chance to hear again

The nine months Margaret Hodge spent unable to hear family voices or the familiar country music songs she and husband John always played to each other, was the worst period of her life.

Read the whole text here.

11 October 2016 – Radio show shines light on daily challenges

“I got sick of people coming to me with their disability issues, so I thought I better do something about it.”

That’s what inspired Peter McLean to start his radio programme, The Daily Challenges Show, on Waikato access radio station FreeFM, and available nationwide by podcast.

Read the whole text here.

11 October 2016 – New app for print disabled

A mobile app aims to make books more accessible for people who are print disabled – this includes anyone who is unable to read due to blindness, sight impairment or a physical impairment which means they are unable to hold a book.

Read the whole text here.