Entries by Louisa

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My Job – Abigail Knight works in media

By Abigail Knight This year in April, I started my very first paid job at PHD Media, which is a large advertising company for TV, Radio and Internet and is located in Mount Eden. I was asked to come in for an interview and I remember feeling quite confident meeting my employer as they were […]

Charlize’s love for art earns plaudits and hard cash

By Kymberlee Fernandes of Stuff She might only be 13, but one of her artworks has already earned almost $3000. Charlize Wilson  was named the winner of the  2018 IHC Art Awards People’s Choice Award from the 400 art entries across the country. The South Auckland Middle School student says art helps her “be herself”. “I […]

Becky Donovan wins 2018 IHC Art Awards 

An intricately detailed drawing by Dunedin artist Becky Donovan (centre) has won the 2018 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Becky’s piece, Cat, after Barry Cleavin, is a tribute to Christchurch-based printmaker Barry Cleavin. She used graphite to copy a Barry Cleavin image, and then experimented with erasing what she’d done. Her intricately detailed stalking cat […]

OPINION – I wish I had Down syndrome

Jess Waters from West Melton in Canterbury provides a very personal reflection on growing up with a sister with Down syndrome and the recent controversy around Shortland Street’s depiction of the disability. When I was growing up, I always wished I had Down syndrome. As a sister of a young adult with Down syndrome, it […]


Going Flatting

How to make Enabling Good Lives Vision a reality  James Young moved in his own home in 2017 after years of planning by his parents to get the right flatmates, funding and support. KAYE YOUNG hopes this story will help other families on a similar journey. In 2013, our son James was 18 years old […]

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List of supported employment services

Numerous services around New Zealand provide opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to get employment. Here is a list of providers Chat 21 was  able to locate. Abilities Incorporated (Auckland)  Abilities Incorporated employs people with disabilities.  www.abilities.co.nz  Able Pet Care  Able Pet Care is a registered charity and social enterprise that provides […]

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Chasing that dream job

Transition into the workplace and holding down long-term employment remains a challenge for many adults with Down Syndrome. COEN LAMMERS examines the employment sector, the access for people with learning disabilities and the success stories that might inspire others in the community. New Zealand has a long and proud history of mainstreaming students with disabilities, […]