Strong Voices

Empowered Lives

March 9, 2021

Guest editorial 

I wish to pay tribute to our former IHC President, Chair and IHC New Zealand Life Member Donald Thompson, ONZM, who died early in February.

It was a great shock to lose Donald so suddenly. He made an enormous contribution to IHC and the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

But most of all he was a husband, an incredible father and a friend to many of us.

November 30, 2020

David Corner has signed off from his job as a representative for international disability organisation Inclusion International after 12 years of being a voice for the Asia-Pacific region.

David, IHC National Self-Advocacy Advisor, attended his final Inclusion International as Regional Representative in November and was awarded Life Membership for his service.

November 30, 2020

We are going virtual for this year’s Te Anga Pāua o Aotearoa Kapa Haka Festival.

Videos of performances from IDEA Services rōpū across Aotearoa will be professionally edited to create a virtual festival, premiering on the IHC New Zealand YouTube channel in early December for performers, whānau and kapa haka fans to enjoy.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

November 30, 2020

It was like an early Christmas. One after the other couriers arrived at IHC’s national office in Wellington bearing packages of all shapes and sizes. These were works that had made it through the judges’ first selection for the IHC Art Awards 2020.

November 30, 2020

These days Nick Dow steers clear of recruiters. Their ‘tick-box’ approach defeats his attempts to get a job.

At last count Nick had applied for more than 400 roles since leaving university, but recruiters can’t see beyond his disabilities. He is autistic and has mild cerebral palsy. He also has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a diploma in arts.

November 30, 2020

The past year will be remembered by most of us for COVID-19 and lockdowns. But that’s not the case for a group of extraordinary people who are beating a path to the winners’ podium this year.

IHC nominated people in three categories for the Attitude Awards 2020 – and all of them reached the finals. As this magazine is delivered, they will be finding out if they are winners.

November 30, 2020

People with intellectual disabilities have lost a strong advocate and a true friend with the death of Charlie Waigth in Auckland.

Charlie died on 9 November 2020 at the age of 96 after working for 50 years with IHC to make lives better for disabled people.

Charlie wasn’t a person to sit back and wait for other people to help. He was one of a breed of do-it-yourselfers in IHC who built our services from the ground up.

November 30, 2020

IHC will soon be introducing community centres in towns and cities around New Zealand.

The green light came from the IHC Board at its latest meeting in Wellington on 22 October. On the same day the IDEA Services Board agreed to make some changes to the way we deliver support services during the day.

November 30, 2020

Four young guys in a coffee cart are brewing their best coffee and learning what it takes to make a living.

Nathan Owre, Adam Faithful, Ruairidh Morrison and Callum Boyd each have a disability and haven’t found it easy to walk into jobs in Whangārei. But their coffee-cart business is giving them a shot at being employed and providing a service doing something they love.