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Reporting on rugby from a wheelchair

As one of the rare wheelchair-bound members of New Zealand’s rugby media pack, it’s been an interesting experience thus far and on a few examples I’ve had to “drive my way in” to get those all-important quotes on record. The

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HealthCare NZ to pick up 850 families wanting Home Support

IHC New Zealand boss Ralph Jones has confirmed that HealthCare NZ and Spectrum Care are likely to take over provision of home support and facility based respite for its clients. IDEA Services has been in the news for dropping the

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Minister for Disability Issues lashes out in Parliament

In a remarkable afternoon in Parliament; the Minister for Disability Issues took aim at IDEA Services and labelled the provider irresponsible. Opposition Labour MP Poto Williams has accused Nicky Wagner of reacting in an appalling manner when asked about cuts

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Ministry of Health make further comment on ASD Support reductions

A senior media advisor at the Ministry of Health has provided further information on the recent cuts to services supporting people in the ASD community. According to the Ministry; an email sent by IDEA Services last week was confirmation that

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Minister denies claims of reduction in funding for IDEA Services

The Ministry of Health and the Minister for Disability Issues have both denied a reduction in funding for IDEA Services led to cuts of support programmes for people with Autism. Tony Atkinson, Disability Support Services Group Manager, rejected claims of

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Thousands on the Autism Spectrum have support cut

Members of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) community have been left reeling after news that IDEA Services will no longer provide support to families due to funding cuts by the Ministry of Health. Three popular and successful support programmes will

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PERSONAL: Physically weak but emotionally strong

I was in a shop the other day and there was this group of children who walked past. They stopped and stared, not knowing that they were blocking my path. Their mum noticed and quickly moved them on. She smiled

Posted in Life Theory
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