22 September 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 and former Rotorua store manager Fraser Heron to cover the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions with van-based sales’ operations.
14 September 2020 – Life in a Pandemic – Chief Executive Introduction
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
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
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.
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
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.
30 January 2019 – Aileen’s letter ‘a gift’
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.
19 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.
1 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.
30 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
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…
11 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
4 September 2017 – Rotorua physio praises Alinker walking bike
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
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
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.
31 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.
Wednesday 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.
23 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.
13 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
29 November 2016 – Consumer Council for Waikato DHB
Life Unlimited community liaison John McIntosh writes about what a Consumer Council will mean for Waikato.
29 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.
29 November 2016 – Enabling Good Lives: Kerrianne’s journey
29 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.
24 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.
23 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.
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?
11 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.
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.
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.
1 November 2016 – 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.
12 October 2016 – Disability events
Take a look at some of the events happening over the next few months.
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.
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.
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.”
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.