Everyday people, everyday places,
everyday things, everyday times
01 August 2022
Kia Ora

 Welcome to this week's edition of the
Disability Information and Advisory Service Newsletter 
“Hello August, please be kind and less happening. I am not in the mood to go through a lot of excitement this month.” said someone a long time ago, and somehow it still feels relevant.
I know that Spring is looming when I see new lambs on my drive to work in the morning, little bundles of energy and excitment with very wiggly tails, andI cant help but smile.
I hope you'll all find something to smile about this week.

SAVE THE DATE: 9 August 2022
Manawanui are hosting an Individualised Funding Workshop in Napier....see below for all the details and how to register.

Just a friendly reminder that the Disability Resource Centre (HB) Trust’s Community Connector service is ready and available to support people with disabilities or significant health conditions (and their family/whānau) who are being impacted by COVID-19, and who are living in the Hawke’s Bay area.

Read more about the services being offered and how to access them further down in the newsletter.

Have a great week!
In This Week's Edition

COVID Connector Service


Self Directed Funding Workshop 9 August 2022

Local Government Elections

Hawkes Bay Strands Trust

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawkes Bay

Moving On Newsletter - Crohns & Colitis NZ

Attention Deaf Akonga/Learners

Enabling Good lives Video Resources Project

Local Disability Swim Clinic

Sport Hawkes Bay Disability and Inclusion Newsletter

Sensory Haven 4 Kids Special Offer

2022 Disability Services Contacts Booklet
 We are looking forward to continuing to bring you news about inclusive events and happenings in the Bay, so if you have something to share, please let us know.
DRC living life connected
Do you follow the DRC living life connected Facebook page?

Check out some of the cool stuff that 
DRC living life connected is involved in 
Community Connector Service
Supporting the Health and Disability Community Impacted by COVID-19
More Information


Needs Assessment and Service Coordination 
The Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service is for people with a physical, intellectual and or sensory impairment, or a disability that is likely to last longer than 6 months and reduces their ability to function independently.

As part of the Ministry of Health's Disability Support Service initiative to support NASC, a National Referrals Centre is being piloted and is now working alongside NASC Hawkes Bay using a 'NO WRONG DOOR' approach.

The referral process will not change, a person may self-refer, or any other person may refer on behalf of that person if they have the person's consent.

It is important to know that you can continue to send referrals to NASC Hawkes Bay ( and they will redirect your referral to the National Referrals centre, however the NRC is encouraging referrals to be made electronically via or email referrals can be made to

For those referrals that do not meet the eligibility criteria for Ministry of Health funded disability support services, you will be referred to a local organisation who will work with you to help you and your family connect with the support you need based on the same 'NO WRONG DOOR' approach.

Self-Directed Funding Workshop

Save the Date

Local Government Elections

Want to make an impact in your community?

If you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18
  • enrolled on the electoral roll and,
  • have the vision and commitment to make our community better then stand for Council in this year’s election!

In Napier City, you can stand for the role of either mayor or councillor. There is no special qualification that you need to be a member of our Council. You might run a business, care for your family, study, volunteer or be active in faith or community groups.

The skills we are looking for are:

  • leadership
  • cultural awareness
  • strategic thinking
  • quality decision-making
  • relationship building and collaboration
Nominations are now open for local Council elections and close at 12noon Friday 12 August.
Election Candidate Briefing Recorded 25 July 2022
For more election information on the Napier City Council Website

Hawkes Bay Strands Trust

The Hawke’s Bay Strands Trust aims to provide a meaningful programme to support, encourage and provide a good life for school leavers aged 18 – 28.

The Hawke’s Bay Strands Trust is committed to the principles of Enabling Good Lives and ensuring every young person has the opportunity to live an interesting and fulfilling life, with their peers, and as part of the community.

The trust plans to build on the current programme of providing purposeful activity during the day and expand to provide ongoing learning opportunities in a real world context and community participation. And then to expand skills based on the interests of the young people involved in the programme. This could include garden to table, sewing, animals/farm skills, natural bush regeneration and work experience opportunities.

From 2023, Hawkes Bay Strands Trust is hoping to offer a transition process to help young people to move from school to the Trust programme.
Hawkes Bay Strands Trust Website
Term 3 Programme Here

Big Brothers, Big Sisters 

Hawkes Bay
Supporting whānau, families and communities to see our young people thrive. Our aim is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth through professionally supported, mentoring relationships. 

Community-based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It happens after school or on the weekend. It’s all about the volunteer and young person spending one-on-one time together doing things they both enjoy - a few hours once a week for at least 12 months

As a not-for-profit community organisation, we couldn’t do our mahi without our sponsors and supporters. Welcome to Napier Port who are sponsoring not one, but two Big Brothers Big Sisters matches!

Napier Port recently hosted their new matches on site. The cold and wet day didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the group who were taken on a special tour of the Penguin Sanctuary. Ollie and Boston (mentees) got to name two recent additions to the colony, passing on their own names to the newbies. Paul, who is in charge of the sanctuary, explained how he manages the Kororā with each one being tagged for research.

We were also given our own special tour around the Port. A highlight for the little and big boys was sitting in the Crane Simulator, which is used to teach prospective crane drivers. The mentees came away with big smiles from having an action-packed visit to the Port. Our heartfelt thanks to the team at the Port for the memorable visit on such a miserable day and your support of our kaupapa.

Find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawkes Bay


Crohns & Colitis Hawkes Bay on the lookout for volunteers to increase the visibility of IBD in their local community and raise awareness of the challenges experienced by people living with IBD.

In particular they are currently needing people to help their amazing Crohn's and Colitis Support Group Coordinator, Maree Baird, to facilitate meetings in Hawkes Bay.

Email here for more details
Moving On - Autumn Winter Newsletter from Crohns & Colitis NZ

Attention Deaf Ākonga/Learners
in Tertiary and Vocational Education

The Ministry of Education has convened a collaborative group of disability and vocational education sector experts.

The group is trying to help the Government understand more about the costs and barriers for disabled and Deaf learners to access the supports and equipment you need for tertiary study, especially for disabled and Deaf learners in apprenticeships and vocational education.


If you are currently studying, or have recently finished studying, in tertiary or vocational education, the collaborative group would like to invite you to complete a short survey about your experiences.

The survey is in English and NZSL and is open until 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 3 August 2022.

You can access the survey here 

Access The Survey Here

Enabling Good Lives
Video Resources Project


SEEKING Expressions of Interest

The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) in partnership with the Enabling Good Lives National Leadership group, Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development, Careerforce and Toitū te Waiora are creating a series of video resources based on the eight principles of Enabling Good Lives.

The aim of these video resources is to show the principles in action. They will be shared freely across Aotearoa NZ to help others as they work to create good lives.

The resources will live on for years to come and be used by many people as sources of learning, teaching and inspiration.

How can you be involved?

We are seeking disabled people, tāngata whaikaha, whānau whaikaha, agia / kainga, families / whānau who would like to share how the principles of Enabling Good Lives have enabled them to live the life they want.

We are looking for people from all over Aotearoa NZ, not just those in an official demonstration areas. People who are willing to share how their good life, or aspects of their good life, have been created.

We would also love to hear from provider agencies about how they have partnered with disabled people, tāngata whaikaha, whānau whaikaha, agia / kainga and families / whānau and how they have integrated the Enabling Good Lives principles into their day to day practice.

Easy Read Version
More Information
Expressions of Interest
Disability Swim Clinic Coming Soon

Get involved with the free Disability Swim Clinics

Swimming New Zealand are committed to providing equal opportunities for all New Zealanders to enjoy the freedom of being in the water. Through their disability swimming program, they've helped hundreds of kiwi's and they'd love for you to join them too!

Learning to swim has a range of benefits such as improved health and fitness, but these benefits can be even more relevant to those with an impairment. Swimming is great for people of all ages, and it is never too late to learn.

  • Fostering physical fitness and motor skill development

  • Improving confidence and comfort in and around the water

  • Relief from tight or painful joints and tendons.

They'd love to help you grow your confidence in the water, and there's a disability clinic happening right here in Hawkes Bay in October in the brand new pool at The Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre at the Mitre 10 Park!

Ages 8+ and all levels of water experience are welcome

Register your interest here
Swimming New Zealand Website
Sport Hawkes Bay
Kia Ora Koutou Te Matau a Māui, 

What a busy 8 weeks it has been since starting at Sport Hawke's Bay, but enjoyable. There has been so much to learn about the role here, and all the amazing mahi that happens within our region. 

There are plenty of options available in Hawke's Bay for our disabled community to be active and also so much more on the cards for the coming 12 months.  

If you have any questions, or if you have something you would like to share within these updates, please don't hesitate to get in contact with me directly. 

He waka eke noa - we are all in this together
Noho ora mai,

Blanche Paewai-Ashcroft 
Disability and Inclusion Advisor
Read the Newsletter here
Sensory Haven 4 Kids

Winter Blowout Sale 25% Off Entire Weighted Blanket Range!!!

We have a range of weighted blankets available in 100% Cotton in different prints and weights.

Use Code 'Blowout' At Checkout
Sensory Haven 4 Kids Website
Local Disability Services
Contacts Booklet
The 2022 Edition of the Disability Services Contacts Booklet for the Bay is now available in pdf form here

Every effort has been made to ensure that these contact details are up to date and accurate.

If you spot an error or think we have missed a contact, please let us know by emailing

All Abilities Gym
Inclusive Taekwondo
Hawke's Bay Parent to Parent
Disability-specific Opportunities in the Bay
Amplify.U Website
COVID-19 Helpline - 0800 358 5453
Healthline - 0800 611 116
Lifeline - 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Don't forget to email us with your activities and events on your calendars in 2022

Agricultural sector encouraged to hire more people with disabilities


We are pleased to be able to send out this information and to keep the community informed about what’s going on. Please continue to send us your flyers, and any information you have about cool stuff happening here. Don't forget to add your contact details for readers who want further information about your event. 

We also appreciate any feedback you have about this newsletter.  Tell us what we got right, got wrong or just let us know what you want to see.
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