12 December – 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…


6 October 2017 – Online Information Hub Provides Answers

The way people access information today is changing – something Hamilton-based charitable trust Life Unlimited sees first hand as part of its ongoing Ministry of Health disability information contract. 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…

31 August 2017 – Flying forward with help of Alinker

A Cambridge woman is becoming an inspiration to many as she overcomes the obstacles of everyday life and continues her journey to independence.
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.