May 4, 2021

Call IHC Community Connect – 0800 442 311 to connect directly to our Community Liaison, Volunteering, Library and Advocacy teams. The freephone number is answered Monday to Friday, 9–6pm. Our aim is for people to have to tell their stories only once and be connected to the right places.

May 4, 2021

It all started with Timoti. He wanted to learn to take photographs and his dream expanded to include nine other people and a course with a professional photographer.

Timoti Schweizer-Marunui, who is keen on videography, says he spent most of his time filming “everything” and “everybody” on his tablet.

May 4, 2021

Wellington IT student Evie Randall went public about her struggle to find work. It worked. She had so many replies she had to call her job coach.

Evie, a ‘straight A’ student, had been rejected for more than 40 jobs. Her disability was standing in her way. She has autism and was non-verbal until about four or five. Later, at high school, she was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety.

Evie is her own best advocate. She’s smart, hardworking and clear about where she is headed. All she needed was a chance to prove herself. 

May 4, 2021

IDEA Services has now held more than 40 community workshops around the country for families and friends of the people we support, as part of the National Services Review.

The workshops give family and whānau the opportunity to learn more about how IDEA Services operates and to give their ideas about how our programmes could work better. Many are co-hosted by an IDEA Services Area Manager and an IHC Association Chair, and are facilitated by external consultant Connect+Co.

May 4, 2021

Associate Housing Minister Poto Williams took a look at some new Accessible Properties (AP) houses in Manurewa earlier this year and used them as a backdrop to talk about improved protections for tenants.

It gave tenant Tracey Harris a chance to show off her new home in Tokatoka Lane, Manurewa and talk to the Minister.

“I’m privileged to be in a brand-new home, and it was great to show her through,” Tracey says. “She was just amazed at my whole house.”

May 4, 2021

A new category in the IHC Art Awards this year is giving young artists with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to win on a national stage.

The Youth Award is for entrants between 13 and 17 years. These artists are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award and the overall award.

Entries for the IHC Art Awards 2021 are now open. They close on 31 May and the gala awards night will be held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 30 September.