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Pecha Kucha: Deaf Night in Whangarei

Published June 16th 2014, Posted in Northland Pecha Kucha: Deaf Night in Whangarei

In collaboration with Bigfish Creative, Calders Design & Print Company and Old Stone Butter Factory, Deaf Aotearoa will be hosting Pecha Kucha: Deaf Night on Wednesday 26th June 2014.

Interpreters Tania and Harri will be there; and Deaf presenters Alana, Kim, Angus and couple of others will be talking about Deaf topics such as history, jokes and life.

For anyone who has never been to Old Stone Butter Factory there are two ways to get in, one is off Bank Street - down a long narrow set of stairs.  Most use the Laurie Hall car park, and walk straight into the Butter Factory. This entrance is wheelchair accessible but it is rough so people need to take care.  (The bar is on the opposite side of the Farmers on the far end near Bank St, off the service lane that goes to Farmers’ back entrance for trucks etc.)

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Whangarei Brain Injury Assn Support Group’s mid-winter Christmas

Published June 13th 2014, Posted in Northland Whangarei Brain Injury Assn Support Group’s mid-winter Christmas

The Whangarei Brain Injury Assn Support Group’s mid-winter shared Christmas brunch get together is being held on Thursday 26th June at 98 Cairnfield Road, Otangarei from 10am until 12 noon.

Bring along a plate and share food and a laugh with the group – tea and coffee will be provided.

The Brain Injury Assn Northland hold regular Support Group Meetings throughout Northland and these are included in the Tiaho Trust events calendar - http://tiaho.org.nz/about/events_calendar  

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Hospital?  It makes me sick

Published June 10th 2014, Posted in National Hospital?  It makes me sick

“How a dodgy curry led to a spectacular fall followed by a 4am encounter with a nurse from hell.”

Our CEO shares his unfortunate hospital experience - Hospital?  It makes me sick.

Read how Jonny Wilkinson got through his night in hospital after having his shoulder re built:

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Early onset Parkinson’s - Attitude 8 June 2014

Published June 05th 2014, Posted in National

This week on Attitude you will be able to see that Parkinson’s is non-discriminatory when it comes to age – Andy McDowell is a 48 year old man who lives with an early onset of Parkinson’s disease. 

You will also see the stories behind the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and hear why winning the inaugural People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Attitude awards was so important to Gary Endacott and the difference it has made to his life and career.

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Altogether Autism’s Autumn 2014 Journal – Focus on Education

Published May 30th 2014, Posted in National Altogether Autism’s Autumn 2014 Journal – Focus on Education

The autumn edition of the Altogether Autism Journal is out now.

“In this edition we have focused on education. If you are a parent or a teacher and have children and students that are about to embark on term two of school, or you are studying yourself then we hope this seasons publication is of interest to you. We have sought to include articles from a mixed perspective, addressing some of the issues you may be facing and answer some of the questions you may have, whether that be at primary school or university.” says National Manager, Paula Gardner.

There is a wealth of information in here with valuable contact details and useful websites.

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Northland Artist succeeds at major NZ art competition

Published May 29th 2014, Posted in National

Northland Artist Kevin Griffiths, a mouth painter from Ahipara, recently placed second in the Mouth and Foot section of the Coca-Cola Easter Show Art Awards in Auckland, the country’s open art competition.

As reported in The Northland Age Kevin was among several Mouth and Foot Painting Association artists who won prizes in the competition.

The inspiration for Kevin’s acrylic painting, Wind Surfer, came from watching people “out windsurfing on a stormy day at Ahipara…”
See Kevin’s painting and read the Northland Age article here:

You can learn more about Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, including seeing (and purchasing) some of their fabulous artwork here:  http://www.mfpa.co.nz

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AttitudeLive - This week on Attitude

Published May 29th 2014, Posted in National

The latest edition of Attitude Live is packed with the inspirational stories of the lives of people living with disability.

Coming up on this weeks edition of Attitude Live at 8.30am on TV ONE this Sunday, hear about the special bond between a young husband and wife team who were brought together through the sport of Boccia.  http://attitudelive.com/blog/robbie-francis/promo-when-anthea-met-michael

You can see more about what happens when athletes break things from Prosthetics to wheelchairs - see how Ottobock had to do 260 repairs and complete new limbs at this year’s Sochi Paralympic games.

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