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August 5, 2022

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May 4, 2021

IHC members can now renew their memberships for a one- or three-year term. The fee remains at $5 for a one-year membership, and members will be sent reminders before their memberships expire on 30 June. A three-year membership costs $15 and members will receive reminders in the last year of membership. Regardless of what option people select, they receive the same membership benefits. From 1 July 2021 the BNZ will no longer accept cheques.

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

As New Zealand’s major banks phase out the use of cheques, IHC and other disability service providers are asking banks how they will maintain access to banking services by disabled people.

 Many disabled people rely on cheques, but several banks have already stopped issuing chequebooks and soon will no longer accept cheques. Also, thanks to COVID-19, fewer businesses are accepting cash.

May 4, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered to New Zealanders in stages so that people at high risk get the vaccine first, including our frontline workers.

Some have already been vaccinated. One of the first was Laura Brown-Thomas, a Support Worker in Hutt Valley. She says it was an easy decision, and a simple and painless process.

“We’re on the front line – our job is working with vulnerable people, protecting them in this pandemic,” says Laura. “Whether New Zealand is COVID-19-free or not right now, it’s important to protect each other.”

May 4, 2021

In the next couple of months, you will be likely to hear much more about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.

At IHC we have already been involved for more than a year now to ensure people have the opportunity to access justice – to have their say and tell their stories.

May 4, 2021

Taonga Peita turned four years old in May. He’s probably the youngest social media influencer in New Zealand with 58,000 followers on Facebook.

But a spike a year ago sent him way above that. A video of Taonga singing and jiving to Alicia Keys’ This Girl is on Fire went viral just before lockdown with millions of views. Now every video posted and every milestone Taonga reaches are watched and celebrated by people across the globe.

March 9, 2021

Close to 50 community workshops will be held by May to develop local approaches to services around the country. This is part of the National Services Review by IDEA Services.

“We recognise that no two communities are the same, and so it is crucial that we understand what is important in your area. Our goal with these workshops is  to develop a localised approach for people with intellectual disabilities,”  says IDEA Services Chief Operating  Officer Joan Cowan.

March 9, 2021

Charlie Waigth was a lifetime crusader for his daughter Catherine and for people with intellectual disabilities throughout the country.

Charlie died in Auckland on 9 November 2020 at the age of 96, after working for 50 years with IHC.

It was a personal crusade at first. Charlie and Mary’s daughter Catherine was born in 1961 with Down syndrome. They were living in Takapau in southern Hawke’s Bay when Catherine turned five, and there were no services for her. Charlie set out to change that.

March 9, 2021

Actor Lily Harper is riding the wave of success in her first leading role and planning to do it all again in a Wellington season of Up Down Girl at Circa Theatre.

Up Down Girl is about a young woman with Down syndrome getting ready to leave home for the first time and her mother’s hilarious perspective on bringing her up.

March 9, 2021

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of IHC’s property company, Accessible Properties.

Accessible Properties’ first day of operation was 1 July 2010, and as IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones put it at the time, it signalled “IHC’s intention to increase its participation in the social housing market and provide accommodation for people who struggle to find somewhere to live because of health or disability issues”.