November 25, 2022

The winning moment for Dunedin photographer Callum Flett came on a gloomy day in the middle of the pandemic. The Dunedin Railway Station was a good place to find shelter. It was a good place to find inspiration too.

The photograph Callum took from the station platform won him first prize of $2500 in the IHC ‘Capture the Moment’ competition.

November 25, 2022

Emily Webber takes over her mum’s kitchen with the confidence of a young woman who has worked at the bench many times before.

Today the Hutt Valley Year Six student is having fun in the holidays making guacamole and, like Jamie Oliver or Nadia Lim – the television chefs she loves, she is more than happy with an audience. “Tonight, I will make a vegetable dinner,” she says.

Emily, 11, has two YouTube channels – ‘Chef Emily NZ’ and ‘How to Emily NZ’ – filmed and edited by Susan Webber, her mother.

November 25, 2022

The most popular day of the week at the IHC Opportunity Shop in Pukekohe is Thursday – the day when you can ‘fill a basket for $10’.

But recently a Tuesday topped the Thursday crowd. That was when the shop filled up after COVID mask restrictions were lifted, says IHC Retail Assistant Kathleen Felix.

November 25, 2022

Not everyone could handle it, knowing that people were depending on you to raise $14 million in a year. But IHC’s National Manager of Fundraising Greg Millar likes having a target. “It’s always somewhat challenging,” he says.

Last year 35,500 IHC donors gave $14.2 million – $1.8 million more than in the previous year.

November 25, 2022

The last time we had comprehensive information on the health of New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities was a Ministry of Health report in 2011.

That is about to change. After hearing there was no plan to update the Health Indicators for New Zealanders with Intellectual Disability report, IHC has commissioned a research team to do the job.

November 25, 2022

Mark Warner’s ‘slice-of-life’ drawings of people have earned him the top prize in the IHC Art Awards for the second time.

Mark, an artist working at Hōhepa Auckland, is the only artist to have the won the first prize of $5000 twice. His intricate pen-and-ink drawings first captured the judges in 2006 and did again this year. 

In his 2022 drawing titled Meeting everything is highly detailed, from the decorative clothing of four figures under a tree to the tree branches and foliage and the sky beyond, which is filled with activity.