News

17 September 2020: IDEA Services’ National Services Review Feedback Summary

We are pleased to share the summary of our recent consultation on the IDEA Services’ National Service Review.

 

10 September 2020: A reminder – IHC AGM at Level 2 – Limited numbers

Due to COVID-19 and the changing alert levels we can only have 60 attendees at the AGM, which is fewer than planned when the meeting was set.

 

4 September 2020: Michael Holdsworth wins Frances Clarke Award for second time

Michael Holdsworth is a two-time winner of the Frances Clarke Memorial Awards – 30 years apart.

 

3 September 2020: National Services Review - consultation now closed

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to submit feedback as part of the National Services Review.

 

1 September 2020: Awhi-at-home 'superstar' was a lifeline for families

Elizabeth Goodwin and her geam became a lifeline to families during lockdown. Her work cooridinating online support has won her a place as a finalist in the Attitude Support Superstar Award.

 

28 August 2020: Libby's courage takes her through to the finals

Courageous young Whanganui actor Libby Hunsdale has reached the finals of this year’s Attitude Awards. The star of the new feature film Poppy has been named one of the finalists in the Attitude Youth Courage Award.

 

28 August 2020: Kapiti craft beer-makers in running for Attitude Award

Four young Kāpiti friends who started their own craft beer-making enterprise have been named as finalists in the Attitude Awards.

 

19 August 2020: National Services Review – Feedback extended till 31 August

These are extremely busy times and with changes to COVID-19 alert levels we have not been able to hold as many family forums for the National Services Review and sessions with the people we support as we had hoped.

 

18 August 2020: Smash the failing disability system

Four major reports released this year show in stark detail the widespread disadvantage and discrimination that intellectually disabled people experience every day.

 

17 August 2020: Remembering John Holdsworth

John Holdsworth ONZM died on Saturday 15 August in his garden on the family’s farm in central Hawkes Bay. He never said much about what he did for people, but he was hugely influential in improving the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

13 August 2020: IHC Group COVID-19 Update

As you will be aware, we have moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Alert Level 2 throughout the rest of the country.

 

10 August 2020: IHC Annual General Meeting 2020

IHC Annual General Meeting and Board Remit Proposed Amendments to Constitution and Rules.

 

10 August 2020: Winning hearts and minds

IHC fundraiser Chansina Chin is convinced that the more people know about the work IHC is doing, the more they will want to get involved.

 

10 August 2020: Lives and deaths under the radar

People with intellectual disabilities struggle to get a mention in official statistics while they are alive – and their deaths too have warranted little notice or curiosity.

 

10 August 2020: The masks come off at Bryon Bay

Rachel Rowe’s idea is a winner. She set out to find a place where families living with autism could escape and be themselves. No masks needed, no one to judge.

 

10 August 2020: Peter and the Wolf worked magic across the miles

The Covid-19 lockdown didn’t stop Prokofiev’s children’s symphony Peter and the Wolf working its magic.

 

10 August 2020: Lockdown brought families to breaking point

While most Kiwis stayed home, fired up their Wi-Fi and began to live and work online, the isolation was extreme for families caring for young disabled children at home all day and for disabled adults living independently.

 

10 August 2020: Libby plans to make acting her future

The cameras have stopped rolling, the lights have been turned off and the young lead actor Libby Hunsdale is heading back to Whanganui Girls' College. But the story is far from over.

 

10 August 2020: IHC stars celebrated with Queen's Birthday honours

Two volunteers, already celebrated within IHC for their huge contributions, have been recognised with Queen's Birthday honours.

 

10 August 2020: Try to see it my way

Ordinary lives. This doesn’t sound like much, and it’s something most people take for granted. But for many with intellectual disabilities it’s a dream.
 

4 August 2020: IHC welcomes funding boost for students

IHC has applauded an announcement by the Government that some students with learning support needs will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme funding.

 

21 July 2020: Abuse in Care – Royal Commission of Inquiry

IHC and IDEA Services is working to ensure people with intellectual disabilities can engage with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care.

 

IHC Membership Update - July 2020

An update for IHC members from Barbara Rocco, Chair of the IHC Member Council and IHC Board Member.

 

13 July 2020: National IDEA Services Review update

Consultation has now started for the National IDEA Services Review, and feedback will be open until Monday 24 August 2020. 

 

1 July 2020: IHC calls on Government to abandon force in schools

IHC is calling on the Government to heed the wave of anti-brutality sentiment sweeping the world and move away from the use of force and restraint in schools.

 

17 June 2020: IDEA Services Update

We are seeing a hive of activity both in our services and out and about as people are enjoying reconnecting with friends and family at Alert Level 1.

 

16 June 2020: IHC Welcomes Health System Review

IHC has welcomed the Health and Disability System Review, and its commitment to a better future for New Zealanders with intellectual disability.

 

11 June 2020: Turn and Face the People: Vocational Services Update

We are pleased to be able to update you all on the next steps for our vocational services and the opening of some day bases for some individuals.

 

1 June 2020: IHC Celebrates Life Members’ Decades of Service in Queen’s Birthday Honours

IHC New Zealand is delighted to see the well-deserved recognition of Maureen Wood (MNZM) and Neil Taylor (QSM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

 

28 May 2020: IDEA Services – Turn and Face the People

Throughout the IHC Group we are committed to providing quality person-centred services to the people we support.

 

26 May 2020: IHC breaks through the loneliness of lockdown

Within days of the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, IHC had swung into action to break through the loneliness and hardship of self-isolation for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

26 May 2020: Flatmates offer tours of the littlest room

If you pay a visit to one Lower Hutt home, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to see the bathroom.

 

26 May 2020: First-time racer takes the trophy

First-time yacht racer Susan Morris from Northland swapped the joys of fishing and dolphin-watching to scoop the Ability Trophy in a recent national yachting regatta on Wellington Harbour.

 

26 May 2020: Levin families bring love to a bare park

There isn’t a lot to love about Lincoln Park Reserve in Levin, but a group of families is dreaming big and plans to transform the small neighbourhood park into a proud and safe place for locals.

 

26 May 2020: Dame Denise takes on Dunedin

It’s not every day you’re lucky enough to be visited by a Dame. But two fortunate groups of artists in Dunedin got just that – gaining valuable inside knowledge from a legend, Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.

 

26 May 2020: The handshake said it all

Graeme Neale remembers that day with pride. Thirty years ago, he travelled from Balclutha to Wellington to be presented with his IHC Calf Scheme Golden Gumboot Award.

 

26 May 2020: Gabrielle has to wait for the help she needs

If Gabrielle Jensen had been born closer to a major hospital, her disability may have been discovered earlier and treatment for her heart defect started sooner.

 

26 May 2020: Hamish has one last job to tick off

There’s something that Hamish Taverner wants to do before he completes his five-year term as Chair of the IHC Rangītikei Association later this year.

 

26 May 2020: Autism Resource Centre is the first in Australasia

An old Petone electrical supplies warehouse has been turned into Australasia’s first autism resource centre, offering families support and services all in one place.

 

25 May 2020: Tony Shaw comes back to the future

Newly elected IHC Board Chair Tony Shaw returned to the boardroom last year after a break of nearly 15 years. He finds the organisation vastly different these days.

 

15 May 2020: IDEA Services – Alert Level 2 Update to Families

We are committed to ensuring that we reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the people we support and our staff at Alert Level 2.

 

13 May 2020: IHC Group at Alert Level 2

At midnight tonight New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. We have been in a lockdown mode for almost 8 weeks and while we are looking forward to doing things differently, we will not be making drastic changes to the way we work at Level 2.

 

8 May 2020: Yeah - nah, I am not fine

Rangiora Mum Lynda-Marie answered the phone in lockdown to hear a voice ask her how she was doing.

 

5 May 2020: Visitors policy remains in place

Throughout the IHC Group we are planning for Alert Level 2 and beyond as we join others in quiet celebration of the news there have been no new COVID-19 cases since the weekend. While we plan, we will continue to prioritise the safety of the people we support and our staff and therefore our no visitor policy remains in place.

 

30 April 2020: IHC calls on release of Health and Disability System Review in critical time

IHC New Zealand is putting its support behind the call for the release of the Health and Disability System Review as soon as possible, to ensure the innovative response to health and disability support needs during the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t lost.

 

24 April 2020: To families: Announcement on visitors to our services under Alert Level 3

As we approach Alert Level 3, we would like to provide you with clear guidance around visitors to our services.

 

21 April 2020: Fresh thinking from IHC during COVID-19

IHC is thinking outside the square to support people during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

17 April 2020: Message from IHC Group Chief Executive, Ralph Jones

An update from IHC Group Chief Executive, Ralph Jones, about planning for COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

 

14 April 2020: COVID-19 helpline launched to reach the most vulnerable

People First New Zealand, IHC and the Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust are working together to respond to people with learning disability during COVID-19.

 

14 April 2020: New protections for renters

The New Zealand Government has made some laws that give some new protection to renters during the lockdown. 

 

IHC Membership Update - April 2020

An update for IHC members from Barbara Rocco, Chair of the IHC Member Council and IHC Board Member.

 

10 April 2020: COVID-19 CEO Update

An update from IHC Group Chief Executive Ralph Jones as we enter the long weekend for Easter.

 

9 April 2020: IHC launches COVID-19 emergency response fund

IHC has launched an emergency appeal to help families in lockdown support children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

 

31 March 2020: COVID-19 CEO update

An update from IHC Group Chief Executive Ralph Jones as we near the end of our first week at COVID-19 Level 4.

 

25 March 2020: IHC Group - Preparations completed for Alert Level 4 for COVID-19

As we head into a nationwide lockdown beginning today at 11:59pm I want to let you know that a huge amount of work has been completed to ensure that we continue delivering our residential and housing services during the period the country is on Level 4 COVID-19 Alert.

 

23 March 2020: No more visitors to IHC or IDEA Services

We can no longer accept visitors to our offices or services because of COVID-19.

 

21 March 2020: COVID-19 CEO update

The IHC Group is committed to abiding the Government's new new restrictions to ensure the safety of the people we support, our staff and our friends and families.

 

21 March 2020: Important payment information for IHC Group

We have been putting plans in place to ensure business can continue as usual during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

20 March 2020: Temporary closure of vocational services

We will be temporarily closing our day bases at 9am Monday 23 March 2020 because of COVID-19.

 

13 March 2020: COVID-19 CEO update

We are all concerned about COVID-19 and with cases confirmed in New Zealand, we are taking the possibility of an outbreak very seriously.

 

11 March 2020: Explore hidden worlds at A Glittering Gem is Not Enough

A Glittering Gem is Not Enough is an immersive, sensory exploration through an enchanted forest, hosted by IDEA Services’ studio, Art Space as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival.

 

10 March 2020: 2020 IHC Art Awards judges announced

IHC is delighted to announce the judges for the 2020 IHC Art Awards.

 

18 February 2020: IHC Announces New Chair 

IHC New Zealand Life Member Tony Shaw has been elected as Chair by the IHC Board.

 

12 February 2020: Survey: Students with disabilities face discrimination, bullying

Almost 30 percent of children with disabilities are being unlawfully denied enrolment at their local school, and those who are enrolled face bullying and a massive lack of support in the classroom.

 

10 February 2020: Hard work pays off as Ryan gets behind the wheel

Ryan Mollgaard has mastered the theory – now he is behind the wheel of a car and practising to take his driving test.

 

10 February 2020: Researchers urge people to get their eyes checked

Researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland are putting out a final call for people to get their eyes checked – which may save their vision.

 

10 February 2020: The Change Maker is coming

At Beervana 2019, a group of young Kāpiti entrepreneurs unveiled their new brand of craft beer, Change Maker. Now it’s become a commercial reality.

 

10 February 2020: Advocates see gaps for adults at risk

A merger of two organisations working to protect the interests of adults with intellectual disabilities will provide stronger support for people at risk from abuse, harm and neglect. 

 

10 February 2020: WORLD-IHC tote bags are hot sellers

WORLD brand tote bags featuring stunning designs by IHC Art Awards artists were hot sellers in the lead-up to Christmas.

 

10 February 2020: Jake’s job is changing his life

Jake Miller has landed a job working for a Dunedin manufacturer of industrial doors. He is gaining confidence and making new friends. 

 

10 February 2020: Early Christmas getaway was the perfect time to heal

Just before Christmas Suzanne and Chris Leigh had their first break away together in a long while. It wasn’t for long – one Saturday night away. And they didn’t go far – just across town.

 

10 February 2020: ‘I might be the first – I don’t want to be the last’

When he returns to the United Nations in New York next month, Sir Robert Martin will carry his country’s highest honour. He was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours for services to people with disabilities.

 

10 February 2020: Libby lands the leading role

Young Whanganui actor Libby Hunsdale is to play a role close to her heart in the feature film Poppy, being made on the Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington.

 

10 February 2020: Flying with the boy who loves Thunderbirds

Charlie Ussher loves the TV animation show Thunderbirds so much that he fantasises that a plane he is travelling in will explode and Virgil Tracy will come to the rescue in Thunderbird 2.

 

10 February 2020: Six new homes may be the first of many for Tauranga

IHC Group’s property company, Accessible Properties, has opened six new homes in Tauranga for people struggling to find housing.

 

10 February 2020: Sister pleads for tolerance after neighbours throw rocks

An assault on her young brother upset a Te Awamutu woman so much she wrote to her local newspaper urging the community to show some understanding of people with autism.

 

3 February 2020: HDC Report into IDEA Services

IDEA Services has accepted the breach findings of the HDC Report released on 3 February 2020 and apologises to the individual and his family.

 

16 January 2020: International Disability Alliance Bridge Training

IHC Self Advocacy Advisor David Corner reports on his recent trip to the International Disability Alliance Bridge Training in Nepal.

 

6 January 2020: Report Card: New Zealand Government

In 2019, people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand have continued to be treated as second class citizens. They are still dying younger, experiencing worse health, being denied basic rights and being discriminated against. We’ve got a big job in 2020 to encourage the government to make rights real for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

10 December 2019: Segregating disabled students is against NZ’s values

In an open letter to the Education Minister, IHC has raised its concerns about the Government’s significant investment in special schools and satellite units for disabled students.

 

9 December 2019: Updated Privacy Statement

Read our updated our Website Privacy Statement. 

 

9 December 2019: Winning team of volunteers makes an impact

In 10 years IHC Volunteering has won 19 national, regional and local awards.

 

9 December 2019: What’s next for Janiece after Abu Dhabi gold medals?

Janiece Pollock, a 25-year-old athlete from Taita in Lower Hutt, has had her most successful sporting year ever.

 

9 December 2019: Tim’s big KiwiSaver win was only fair

Tim Fairhall convinced the Government to give early access to KiwiSaver savings for people with life-shortening conditions.

 

9 December 2019: Moment of truth arrives for Project Search interns

Eight interns with learning disabilities have spent the year at Burwood Hospital learning skills to land them jobs.

 

9 December 2019: Luxury weekend breaks a rare treat

Motel owners Ton and Larissa Crooymans decided to share their stunning sea views with people with disabilities.

 

9 December 2019: Kāpiti four are brewing better lives

Four young Kāpiti entrepreneurs have started business with a unique pale ale.

 

9 December 2019: Bounce boosts service for disabled kids

This year Bounce Out of School Care has received a grant of $38,000 to support more children with intellectual disabilities.

 

9 December 2019: Accessible Properties opens community-focused apartments

A new Accessible Properties housing complex in Auckland is nearly complete.

 

9 December 2019: Alan lends a hand with some lambs

Alan Cudmore responded to the call for sheep farmers to stand alongside dairy farmers in supporting people with intellectual disabilities.

 

12 November 2019: Top marks for Tomorrow's Schools Review

IHC has given the Government’s review of Tomorrow’s Schools an A minus grade.

 

6 November 2019: IHC – Congratulating WORLD on 30 years

IHC congratulates WORLD on its 30th Birthday and salutes WORLD’s ongoing support.

 

17 October 2019: Change to medication branding - Lamotrigine

This information is provided to prompt follow up discussions with individual’s GPs.

 

10 September 2019: Measles information for individuals and families

We understand that as a community we have questions about measles and we would like to help support you with some information.

 

5 September 2019: Michael Nathan wins 2019 IHC Art Awards

An intricately detailed drawing by Auckland artist Michael Nathan has won the 2019 IHC Art Awards and $5,000.

 

4 September 2019: Malachi Oldridge’s tribute to E. Mervyn Taylor is the People’s Choice

Palmerston North artist Malachi Oldridge has won the 2019 IHC Art Awards People’s Choice Award for his work, My Nani as a Māori Girl.

 

30 August 2019: IHC New Zealand Financial Statements 30 June 2019

IHC is pleased to present the IHC New Zealand Incorporated Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2019.

 

27 August 2019: E tū completely disregards ERA recommendation to settle IDEA Services collective for workers

IDEA Services has just been issued with further strike notices – showing a complete disregard for the Employment Relations Authority’s recommendation that E tū accept IDEA Services’ latest offer.

 

23 August 2019: IHC hopes for sheep farmers' support

This spring, IHC is launching its new Lamb Programme, urging sheep farmers to join with dairy farmers to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families in rural communities.

 

26 July 2019: Calling on Govt to put words into action

IHC says it’s a promising sign to see the Government restating its commitment to inclusive education, and that they’ve acknowledged that disabled students’ rights to education have not been responded to.

 

5 July 2019: Children's sector welcomes Government's human rights commitment

Children’s organisations have today welcomed the Government’s decision to accept the majority of the recommendations affecting children made under New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

 

27 June 2019: IDEA Services welcomes Facilitated Bargaining

IDEA Services welcomes a referral of Facilitated Bargaining as part of its commitment to achieving a Collective Employment Agreement with Support Workers and Administration Coordinators.

 

21 June 2019: Ensuring safe services during 23 June strike action

IDEA Services is working hard to ensure the safety of our services during the 24-hour strike scheduled for 9.00am Sunday 23 June till 9.00am Monday 24 June.

 

14 June 2019: IDEA Services – ensuring safe services during strike action

IDEA Services is working hard to ensure the safety of our services during the 12-hour strike scheduled for Sunday 16 June 8.30am – 8.30pm.

 

3 June 2019: IHC celebrates recognition for Donald Thompson, Jan Dowland and Sir Paul Adams in Queen’s Birthday Honours

IHC is delighted that the significant contributions of Donald Thompson, Jan Dowland and Sir Paul Adams have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

 

30 May 2019: Budget sets overdue wellbeing pathway for people with intellectual disabilities

IHC says the Government’s announcement that benefit payments will rise in line with wages, not inflation, will make a huge difference to people with intellectual disabilities.

 

15 May 2019: WORLD shares 30th Birthday love with IHC

IHC is delighted that WORLD has chosen to support the IHC Art Awards with a special Limited Edition project as part of its 30th Birthday year celebration.

 

28 April 2019: IHC needs your calf

IHC is calling for people to donate their calves this year, after what was an incredibly challenging season for the rural sector because of Mycoplasma bovis.

 

21 April 2019: Planned funding cuts paint a grim picture for disabled care

IHC is incredibly relieved Ministers have intervened to block the Ministry of Health going ahead with $30 million of funding cuts for people with disabilities.

 

15 April 2019: 2019 IHC Art Awards judges announced

IHC is proud to announce our fantastic judges for the 2019 IHC Art Awards.

 

11 April 2019: Our commitment to respecting people with intellectual disabilities

IHC Group Chief Executive Ralph Jones says the exploitation of people with intellectual disabilities by the E tū union and a handful of their members in order to progress a cause is in no way a fair representation of the people we support.

 

4 April 2019: Education law reform needed now to ensure quality public education for all students

Thirty years ago, children with disabilities gained the right to attend their local school, but that right has far from guaranteed a fair deal in the classroom.

 

21 March 2019: 'Leave no one behind' - Calling for inclusion on World Down Syndrome Day 2019

IHC says there is a need for New Zealanders to make more effort to be a more inclusive society, and says people with Down syndrome should have the same opportunities as others to fully reach their potential.

 

19 March 2019: IDEA Services - working hard to ensure safe services during strike action

IDEA Services wishes to assure family members and people who use our services that contingencies will be put in place to ensure the safety of the people we support during proposed industrial action.

 

25 February 2019: Te Matatini offers trip of a lifetime for Wairarapa kapa haka group

Te Roopu Manaaki's ultimate goal is to perform on the world’s biggest and most prestigious kapa haka stage.

 

20 February 2019: Fair pay for fair work welcomed

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage.

 

11 February 2019: Systemic effort needed to flip the script for people with intellectual disabilities in 2019

People with intellectual disabilities continue to be left behind going into 2019, begging the question – how long do they and their families and whānau have to wait for longstanding and serious issues to be resolved?

 

29 January 2019: UN calls for more action on rights of children with disabilities

IHC is pleased that the latest United Nations review tracking New Zealand’s progress on human rights has called for more action on the rights of children with disabilities.

 

28 January 2019: Time for a truly accessible New Zealand

IHC has welcomed the Government’s commitment to designing accessible public buildings for people with disabilities.

 

10 December 2018: Promising signs for IHC Calf and Rural Scheme target

IHC is encouraged with the support received so far in this year’s Calf and Rural Scheme.

 

4 December 2018: Real work now begins on mental health reform

IHC fully supports and welcomes the findings of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, and says now is the time to act so people with intellectual disabilities and their families have improved access to mental health support and services.

 

4 December 2018: Bull calf Hagrid lives up to his name

A bull calf named Hagrid has lived up to his name in a competition between two DairyNZ research and development farms to raise the heaviest calf for IHC.

 

3 December 2018: International Day of Persons with Disabilities highlights long road ahead

IHC and Inclusion International are renewing their call to make inclusion a reality in all areas of society for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

26 October 2018: Report: Strong support for independent living for people with intellectual disabilities

New research has highlighted what kind of support people with intellectual disabilities consider important to live independently in the community.

 

15 October 2018: Speak out Advocacy Conference

IHC Self Advocacy Advisor David Corner reports on the recent Speak out Advocacy Conference in Launceston, Tasmania.

 

5 October 2018: IHC welcomes support for Child Poverty Reduction Bill

IHC welcomes the news that the Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has received unanimous support from the Social Service and Select Committee, with cross party support.

 

28 September 2018: We want to hear your thoughts about the draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan

Last week the government released their draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan. The plan seeks to provide a wraparound coordinated response that includes access to government and community resources.

 

21 September 2018: Improved resources needed for diverse learners

IHC has welcomed the government’s draft plan to provide individualised support for every child who needs it in the classroom, but cautions it will only succeed if the wider education system becomes more inclusive.

 

11 September 2018: Treasury funding advice discriminates against children with additional needs

NZEI Te Riu Roa and IHC are shocked to discover that Treasury advised the Government to scale back funding for children with additional needs, knowing this would mean thousands of children staying on waiting lists for learning support.

 

3 September 2018: Inclusion must begin with early education

IHC is calling on the Government to work more closely with the early childhood sector so that young children with disabilities aren’t waiting months for specialist help.

 

27 July 2018: M. bovis won’t stop IHC’s rural fundraising efforts

The rural community is rallying around IHC’s efforts to find alternative ways to raise a $1 million funding target without increasing the risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis.

 

27 July 2018: Becky Donovan wins IHC Art Awards 2018

An intricately detailed drawing by Dunedin artist Becky Donovan has won the 2018 IHC Art Awards and $5000.

 

24 July 2018: Charlize Wilson is the People's Choice with Looking Out from the Inside

Manukau City artist Charlize Wilson has won the 2018 IHC Art Awards People’s Choice Award for her work, Looking Out from the Inside.

 

4 July 2018: IHC Calf and Rural Scheme announcement

Due to the very real risk of spreading the Mycoplasma bovis disease, IHC has decided for the first time in 33 years to suspend crucial aspects of its Calf and Rural Scheme.

 

19 June 2018: IHC Volunteer Programme celebrated at the Minister of Health Awards

We are delighted that the IHC Volunteer Programme has been named a winner at this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

 

6 June 2018: 'Too many gaps' across mental health system for people with intellectual disabilities

IHC is calling on the Government to take into account the rights, needs and circumstances of people with intellectual disabilities when addressing the factors that can lead to poor mental health and abuse.

 

5 June 2018: IHC pays tribute to JB Munro – a character and a force for people with intellectual disabilities

IHC wishes to pay tribute to IHC New Zealand Life Member JB Munro, who passed away in Christchurch on 4 June 2018.

 

31 May 2018: Response to HDC report

IDEA Services has apologised unreservedly for the incidents outlined in the Health and Disability Commissioner's report released in May 2018.

 

17 May 2018: Budget: Learning support funding ‘just tinkers around the edges’

IHC is pleased learning support has received a funding boost in today’s education Budget, but says a complete rebuild is needed so that every child gets what they need to learn.

 

28 March 2018: Farmers Generously Support IHC

Farmers throughout New Zealand have raised $1.4 million nationally for IHC through the IHC Calf & Rural Scheme in the past 12 months to support people with intellectual disabilities.

 

7 March 2018: End of Life Choice placing people with disabilities at risk

IHC shares the concerns of the Disability Rights Commissioner regarding The End of Life Choice Bill, which unfortunately links assisted dying, quality of life and disability.

 

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels support Take a break

The summer holidays are looking a lot more cheerful for many families, thanks to IHC’s ‘Take a break with us’ programme, funded by a Manawatu Trust and supported by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand.

 

27 November 2017: IHC calves head to big South Island sales

Hundreds of IHC calves are getting ready for an important date in South Island sale yards.

 

15 November 2017: IHC encouraged by Minister's commitment to people with disabilities

IHC is encouraged by the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Carmel Sepuloni’s resolve to lift people with disabilities out of poverty.

 

15 November 2017: PM’s Award for inclusive education is a win for all children

IHC says an award for inclusive teaching practices celebrates one of the fundamentals of education – that every child has a right to achieve.

 

Hamish recognised with Attitude Leadership Award

On November 8 Hamish Taverner was awarded the Attitude Leadership Award at the 2017 Attitude Awards held at Auckland’s ANZ Viaduct Event Centre.

 

Harry is a prince among bull calves

Harry the Hereford-cross, a hungry four-month old bull calf weighing 214kg has beaten his rival hands down in a competition between two DairyNZ research and development farms to raise the heaviest IHC calf.

 

Friends break through the communication barrier

Lauren Hilton, a volunteer in IHC’s Volunteering Friendship Programme, met Sharleen Monaghan in June, but at first they struggled to communicate.

 

4 September 2017: IHC survey finds patchy progress for people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand

A new snapshot on quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities has found many still struggling for education, good health care and above all the ability to earn money.

 

20 August 2017: Colin Meads - A man who made a difference

IHC New Zealand wishes to pay tribute to Colin Meads. The thoughts and best wishes of the many people associated with IHC New Zealand are with Verna and their family and friends at the passing of Colin Meads.

 

19 July 2017: People with intellectual disabilities missing from mental health announcement

IHC is questioning why people with intellectual disabilities are invisible in new prison mental health plans unveiled today by the Government, at a cost of $14 million.

 

3 July 2017: Respite changes coming this month

Two lower North Island respite bases will now be managed by NZCare Disability, under new plans announced by IDEA Services.

 

Survey checks pulse of our sector

Are people with intellectual disabilities having their quality of life improved and how do we know? This survey is now closed.

 

12 June 2017: New provider for Shared Care services

IDEA Services is pleased to announce that CCS Disability Action will now manage Shared Care services so people have the opportunity for continued support.

 

20 June 2017: IHC congratulates new Disability Rights Commissioner

IHC New Zealand warmly welcomes Paula Tesoriero as the country’s new Disability Rights Commissioner.

 

30 May 2017: New provider for Wellington respite centres

Two respite bases in the Wellington region are to be run by Spectrum Care, which is set to take over these two services from IDEA Services.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed plans for IDEA to move out of providing this service.

 

18 May 2017: Home Support transfer to ensure uninterrupted services

IHC is pleased to announce quality home support services for people will continue uninterrupted.

 

13 April 2017: Media Release: IDEA Services says the Associate Health Minister is either unfairly criticising a trusted service provider or is badly misinformed

The Minister has announced today that Explore will pick up the Autism family education and therapy programmes IDEA Services has operated at a loss for the last three years.

 

12 April 2017: Media Release: IDEA Services – new providers likely for Home Support and Facility-Based Respite

IDEA Services is pleased to announce that it is in talks with two well regarded disability support service providers around Home Support and Facility-Based Respite.

 

6 April 2017: Media Release: IDEA Services – unable to continue with Autism education and communications programmes for families

We are sorry to announce that IDEA Services has given notice that it simply cannot continue to provide Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) family education and one-to-one communication support programmes following three years of underfunding.

 

31 March 2017: Media Release: Accessible Properties acquires more than 1100 Tauranga homes

From tonight Accessible Properties will take over the ownership and management of more than 1100 homes from Housing New Zealand in the Tauranga area.

 

21 March 2017: Services Changes

We are going to make a number of changes to the services we provide through IDEA Services.

 

10 February 2017: Media Release: IHC joins the call for respite care overhaul saying respite is not about managing crises

IHC New Zealand backs the call made by Autism New Zealand into reviewing respite care in New Zealand saying far too many people are falling through the cracks.

 

IHC’s Accessible Properties to take over Housing New Zealand homes in Tauranga

IHC New Zealand is delighted that the contract has been signed with the Government confirming that Accessible Properties will acquire and manage 1140 more homes in Tauranga.

 

1 December 2016: Media Release: Online schools will create more disparity

IHC is calling for the Government to guarantee rights for children to attend their local school over online schools.

 

30 November 2016: Media Release: New Disability Strategy ignores justice for all

The Government’s new Disability Strategy makes great promises but remains lightweight on securing fair outcomes for those with intellectual disabilities who find themselves in the justice system.

 

3 November 2016: Media release: Move to outlaw seclusion rooms overdue

IHC welcomes the Ministry of Education’s move today to outlaw school seclusion rooms and continues to advocate for individualised responses to each child’s needs, with schools having more support and direction.

 

17 October 2016: Media release: Blenheim to host Take a Moment with us exhibition

An IHC travelling exhibition that provides insight into the lives of people with an intellectual disability opens to the public on Thursday 20 October at the ASB Theatre in Blenheim.

 

14 October 2016: Media release: IHC says it’s time to shut seclusion rooms for good

IHC welcomes today’s decision to investigate the use of seclusion rooms in schools and for all to be shut down until a finding is determined.

 

8 October 2016: Media release: UN recommendations push for more inclusion

IHC welcomes the strong recommendations made to the New Zealand government by the United Nations Committee on Rights of the Child, to respect the human rights of disabled children and do more to ensure they are fulfilled.

 

Education for All Open Letter to Minister

An open letter from the Education for All network was read to the Minister of Education on the steps of Parliament on Thursday 23 September outlining the disappointment and frustration felt by the network at the continued lack of commitment from Government to ensure that disabled people have access to a properly resourced and inclusive education.

 

Thinking of Colin Meads and family

The thoughts and best wishes of the many people associated with IHC New Zealand are with Colin Meads, Verna and their family and friends at this tough time. The news that Colin is battling pancreatic cancer has saddened us all and we wish him every comfort and time with his family.

 

Intellectual Disability - Citizenship and Rights

A new report from IHC shows that while there have been significant advances for people with intellectual disabilities, progress is still too slow. IHC is launching the Making Citizenship and Rights Real in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities report today. It outlines priorities for ensuring the 35 thousand New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities can live valued and good lives as citizens.

 

Valuing People’s Lives - David Corner’s statement on deaths in Japan

This week I saw the news media about the killing in Japan in an institution for disabled people where 19 people were killed and 26 others were injured by just one person and the media highlighted it as the worse killing in Japan since World War 2.

 

‘Holiday’ wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000.

Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. She likes to collect brochures – particularly ones about holidays – and this has been her inspiration.

 

15 June 2016: Media release: IHC Congratulates Robert Martin on UN Committee Election

IHC congratulates Robert Martin on his election to the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Robert is the first person with an intellectual disability to be elected to serve on such a committee – however he is no stranger to the UN.

 

8 June 2016: UN Special Rapporteur to headline Make it Work International Conference – early bird closing soon

IHC is delighted to announce Catalina Devandas Aguilar, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a keynote speaker at the IHC Workability International Make it Work Conference in September.

Brent Wilton, Director of Global Workplace Rights at Coca-Cola, and Steve Shepherd, former head of Ranstad’s specialist disability recruitment team in Australia, have also been confirmed as keynote speakers.

Early bird tickets to the conference hosted in Auckland by IHC New Zealand are selling fast. Early bird ticket sales end on Friday 17 June.

 

11 May 2016: Yet another patch job for children with disabilities

IHC New Zealand says new money for teacher aides won’t necessarily mean children with disabilities get the education all children deserve.

 

27 April 2016: Media release: UN Special Rapporteur to headline Make it Work International Conference

IHC is delighted to announce Catalina Devandas Aguilar, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a keynote speaker at the IHC Workability International Make it Work Conference in September.

The Workability International Conference is held annually and this year it is being hosted in Auckland by IHC New Zealand.

Brent Wilton, Director of Global Workplace Rights at Coca-Cola, and Steve Shepherd, former head of Ranstad’s specialist disability recruitment team in Australia, have also been confirmed as keynote speakers.

 

18 April 2016: Media release: NZ Health Strategy promises a better deal for people with intellectual disabilities

IHC welcomes today’s announcement of the NZ Health Strategy and is particularly pleased to see that action is being taken to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities.

IHC Director of Advocacy, Trish Grant, says, “Updating the health strategy to take some action to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities is long overdue.”

 

7 April 2016: Media release: Finally an equal right for children with disabilities

IHC is welcoming the news that children with disability will finally get equal treatment when going into out of home care.

The Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, announced today that a major state care reform and complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family would take place. It is aiming to improve the long-term life outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable population. Children with disabilities are over represented in New Zealand’s most vulnerable.

 

9 February 2016: Media release: More evidence that disabled children aren’t getting a fair deal at school

IHC welcomes the survey conducted by NZEI TE Riu Roa of Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) that shows a lack of adequate support for disabled students at school. NZEI’s survey of Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) in schools, has revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning. 

 

Consultation workshops for the update of the Education Act 1989

Consultation for the update of the Education Act 1989 is now open. The Ministry of Education are holding a series of four regional workshops specifically for parents, families and whānau of children with special education needs and disabled people’s organisations. 

 

28 October 2015: Media Release: Protecting the right to grow up

HC supports Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson’s, call for law change.

IHC has serious concerns about growth attenuation – the process of stunting growth.