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2018 Academic Grants

The 2018 academic grants are now open for members to apply. For more information and to download the Academic Grant Application Form go to the Academic Grants page.

Applications must be received by 19th January 2018

14 December 2017 |

CP Society’s Holiday Boccia Tournament

20 th – 21 st January 2018
Allan Brewster Leisure Centre
Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe

The competition this year will be a PAIRS tournament where you will be assigned a partner. Also your pairing will be assigned a handicap rating in order to even out all the pairings. Handicaps may be altered after the pool rounds. A maximum of 32 pairs (i.e. 64 players) will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.

  • Entry fee for CP Society members is $20 (only one player per membership allowed at price of $20, rest at $40).
  • For non members it is $40 per player.


Click Here: to download the Entry Form and for more info

06 December 2017 |


There is a new exciting social space website " MyKind ” for New Zealanders where diversity and disability are celebrated as the ‘norm’.

It is an easy-to-use website for people looking to meet others for chatting, friendship, match-making or dating. MyKind is inclusive, welcoming and kinder than mainstream social websites. It’s all about you as aperson, and your aspirations for the kind of relationship or friendship that works for you.

It was designed by Kiwis with disabilities or people working in not-for-profit disability organisations as a social community for single adults aged 18+ with or without disabilities/health impairments.

30 November 2017 |

Set sail for life changing adventure

Jubilee Sailing Trust New Zealand

Melbourne to Auckland – TNS 502 (02/12/2017 – 21/12/2017)

Voyage cost $5336

The Jubilee Sailing Trust New Zealand welcomes you aboard SV Tenacious!

This is the opportunity of a lifetime, blue water sailing out of sight of land, experiencing the passage tall ships were made to sail. Along with the variety of marine life you’ll encounter on this longer passage voyage across the Tasman Sea. Enjoy the rhythms of wind and waves as you settle into life with your watch and the routines of the ship. Feel the satisfaction when you get your first sight of Aotearoa.

Book Now! Visit WWW.JST.ORG.NZ to book

ALL AGES 16+ WELCOME. Use the code CPAKL2+1 to receive the 3rd space free. *Offer expires 16/10/17

Any further info contact

Click Here to download the flyer

06 October 2017 |

Max Campbell’s Unsung Hero

Chad Campbell‘s Unsung Hero is my brother Max

Max is my inspiration, motivator, mentor, friend and brother and when I need extra support through tough times, he is always there for me 100%. I am very lonely because I have to do my schoolwork at home so Max takes me out so as I can learn to socialise.

24 March 2017 |

Taxi Charge Scheme

Taxi Charge Scheme (in place of gOT vouchers)

For some of our members we have changed to the taxi charge card instead of vouchers to pay for taxis. Treat it like a credit card, keep it safe, and ask for a receipt so that you can keep track of the balance remaining on the card. Keep it with you, as it will be topped up/recharged again at the expiry 30-6-2017, provided your membership remains current, and your TM Card/ TM vouchers are still valid.

10 January 2017 |

Best Wishes

The office will be close from noon Friday 23rd December 2016 reopening on Monday 9th January 2017.

For urgent matters please phone or text Michael Northcott on 021 0205-6677 between these times.

21 December 2016 |

Civil Defence Info And Links

The Cerebral Palsy Society is very aware of the unique challenges faced by members and their families who are living in earthquake and aftershock prone regions. Unfortunately, New Zealand and in particular, the South Island, is becoming all too experienced in the process of Civil Defence Emergencies and recoveries, not that it makes it any easier. 17 November 2016 | Read more...

Join The Thrills At Funfest 2017

Members have been offered free tickets to the Funfest VIP Day on 11 th January 2017. Advertised as Auckland’s biggest free family event the invitation includes free parking, entry and rides at its new venue of Vodafone Events centre. 770 Great South Road Manukau. Ring the CP office for more details. Phone: 0800 503 603 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm 08 November 2016 | Read more...

Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes For World CP Day Oct 5th 2016

As a way of celebrating World CP Day we asked you to nominate those people in your lives that regularly go beyond your expectations in what they do as a way of saying thank you and acknowledging them.

We were overwhelmed with the quality of the responses and the Hon. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiega, Associate Minister for Health kindly came and did the prize draw for us .

26 October 2016 |

Absorbing Matches At Boccia Champs

By Scott Martin

Director of Boccia

The 2016 NZ National Boccia Championships were held from Thursday 6 th – Sunday 9 th October at Papatoetoe High School in Auckland. 21 players from across the country including a trio from Australia participated in pairs, teams and individual competition across the 4 days.

20 October 2016 |

Special Recognition Award


OCTOBER 5, 2016


As a child, he told people he was run over by a trailer rather than admit to having a disability.

But last week, in front of friends, family and co-workers- Max Cole stood proud. The 31-year-old caregiver from Whangarei was awarded the Unsung Hero award for service to the Disabled Community.

06 October 2016 |

Meet Our Successful Paras

The months immediately following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be a defining moment for the future growth and success of Para-Sport in this country. To harness the excitement created by the most extensive free-to-air broadcast of a Paralympic Games in New Zealand.......

05 October 2016 |

We Support Joshua

The Cerebral Palsy Society wishes to add their support for Joshua Perry as he stands for election at the Dunedin City Council. We would like to support Joshua in any way and would recommend Lee Vanderuis does also.

If Dunedin City Council is intent on “Building a great small city” then I would assume inclusion to be a significant aspect of their strategy.

01 October 2016 |

An Innovative Head Protection Beanie

Delloch has released its new product: a head protector as a beanie. The beanie’s purpose is to confer a dignity upon the wearer who might otherwise feel self-conscious being asked to wear a bike or rugby helmet in public. The beanie’s insides (protective inserts) are filled with pliable polyethylene closed-cell foam and are sewed into the bean; the foam is unseen beneath the beanie fabric and it will stand up to washing.

21 September 2016 |

Canterbury Paralympians From The Past

It’s the Paralympics again in Rio this year.

Go our NZ Paralympians!

For this occasion, Parafed Canterbury is featuring profile pages of past Paralympians which are Cantabrians on their Parafed facebook profile and also on their website.

The website has revealed in a profile that our accounts manager Matthew Slade has competed in the Paralympics three times: Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

07 September 2016 |

Aqua Juniors

Fit & Abel has recently set up a swim school called Aqua Juniors which is based in Cashmere, Christchurch. It caters mainly to babies & children with disabilities through to teenagers, though Fit & Abel states that Aqua Juniors can take children of all abilities as part of its lessons. 31 August 2016 | Read more...

Michael Praised At Hospital Opening

CP Board member Michael Turner featured prominently in David Meates, (Chief Executive, Canterbury DHB), report of the opening of the new wards at Burwood Hospital

The Report stated that the Prime Minister and a number of guests toured one of the new wards and “we met some wonderful patients who are enjoying the new facilities at Burwood.

26 August 2016 |


By Elliot Yates

Submissions have been called for on how to improve captioning media in NZ. A select inquiry on captioning has been set up by a Government Administration Committee, which is chaired by the Hon. Ruth Dyson.

If you want to have your say, please submit your response by Thursday 28 July to the committee.

07 July 2016 |

Is Your Home Seizure-Proof?

Phylis Johnson is a professional copywriter and also lives with epilepsy for decades. In her article below she advocates for a better, safer, home environment.

How many of us have had accidents while having seizures at home? (I almost drowned in the shower because of the way the shower door was constructed.)

23 June 2016 |

Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week kicked off Monday!

Men’s Health Week is kicked off this week to encourage New Zealand men to proactively take charge and improve their health and wellbeing.

15 June 2016 |

Parafed Auckland: 50 Years Old

Parafed Auckland – Disability Sport, New Zealand’s oldest and largest disability sport organisation is turning 50 years old in 2016. Starting as the Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association in 1966, our goal was to foster games, sports and recreation for paraplegics and the disabled, as well as to cater for their general welfare.
08 June 2016 |

NZCPR Launch Newsletter

The New Zealand Cerebral Palsy Register (NZCPR) has just produced its first newsletter featuring updates, online notification, frequently asked questions and NZCPR contacts. 02 June 2016 | Read more...

Official Launch Invitation

The National Carer Learning and Wellbeing Resource Service (Care Matters) and the Carer Matching Service would like to cordially invite you to attend their official launch. The launch will be held in Wellington on Wednesday the 8th of June from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm at the Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie Click Here: to download the invitation.

Please RSVP by the 2nd of June

26 May 2016 |

Universal Accessibility Needs Expanding.

By Elliot Yates

Captioning in New Zealand is a farce and in a crisis. It is an inequality that is endured by many people in need. It is not only Deaf people that have borne this inequality. It is all of you. Yes, even the hearing people.

22 April 2016 |

The Future Of The New Zealand Workplace

Flexible Work Schedules, Telecommuting

New research reveals Kiwis’ strong preference for flexible workplaces

The results of the research conducted by Randstad is good news for disabled jobseekers who seek flexibility in the workplace. It is well documented that the disabled sector of the community can compete with and very often surpass their non disabled counterparts, if flexible hours are implemented.
12 April 2016 |

Supported Decision Making Hui

A human right and in practice

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) invites you to register now for The Conversation: Supported Decision Making Hui on Wednesday 20 April and Thursday 21 st April at Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

11 March 2016 |

Boutique NZ Tours Starting March 22nd

Kiwi, Louise Booth, is flying home from Brisbane to introduce New Zealanders to the company “Koru Enterprises,” which specialises in boutique NZ tailored tours. The first adventure option is the Auckland Wheelchair Foodie Tour, on March 22. Wheelchair user Nigel Erb, will be your guide.

04 March 2016 |

Round The Bays 2016

This year the Cerebral Palsy Society will be taking part, in Auckland’s Round the Bay’s on Sunday the 6 th of March.

Entry fees are: Adults $22.00 and Children 5-15 Years $17.00 with under 5s free of charge.

Click here to join the team

18 February 2016 |

GobabyGo New Zealand

GoBabyGo adapts electric ride-in toy cars (currently BMWs) to be used by children with impaired mobility.

The age-appropriate devices encourage interaction with siblings and friends, deliver therapy benefits, and help children develop spatial awareness and related skills in a way that’s impossible when they are not independently mobile.

18 February 2016 |

The Annual Holiday Boccia Tournament

The Cerebral Palsy Society hosted its annual holiday boccia tournament over the weekend of the 23 rd & 24 th January at the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre in Papatoetoe. The event was a 2 day pair’s tournament with each pair being assigned a point’s handicap to help level the playing field.
09 February 2016 |

Swim School For Everyone!

YMCA Auckland offers swimming lessons for people of all ages and abilities

YMCA Auckland is dedicated to enriching the lives of everyone that comes into contact with the organisation, no matter who they are.

13 January 2016 |


The CP Society staff and interns wishes all our members a Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2016

The office is closed from 24 th December until 11 th January

22 December 2015 |

Take Timeout For Awards Video

It’s highly recommended to take a break from the Christmas shopping and festivities and take in the hours highlights of this year’s Attitude Awards. The video appears on the Attitude website and it’s definitely a worthwhile watch.
16 December 2015 |

New Mural

A reminder that rebuild facilities are for every body

A new mural at the Metro Sports Facility site was unveiled last Thursday, 3rd December in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015.

09 December 2015 |

Life Member Passes Away

The Society has just received the sad news that Christine Williamson, one of the Cerebral Palsy Society Life Members had passed away on the 7 th of November.
30 November 2015 |

Caring For The Carers

Announcement for people with disabilities and their families

Two new national services to support family carers have been launched by the Ministry of Health for delivery by not-for-profits SAMS (Standards and Monitoring Services), Parent to Parent, and Carers New Zealand.

05 November 2015 |

Book With Confidence Using Access4all Website

As the extended long weekend approaches and the Christmas break hovers just around the corner, the holiday spirit is instinctively kicking in. To help us decide where to go for our summer vacation Richard Fanselowhas designed the access4all website which features “Accommodation & Activities for people with reduced mobility.”
23 October 2015 |

A Sensory Journey To Explore

Mapura Studios (formerly known as Spark Centre) is offering an exciting new sensory journey at Henderson’s Corbans Estate Centre. The programme which starts this Thursday (15 th October) and finishes on 17 th December offers a comprehensive musical experience for people with disabilities.
14 October 2015 |

An Event With Tremendous Potential

“It was great to see a steady flow of visitors at our booth,” said Amy Hogan who took a break off researching for the CP Society to staff the CP information stand at the World Cerebral Palsy day. Michael Northcott and Mary, the mobility companion dog, helped her man the stall at the Waitakere City event, organised by the Carlson School on Tuesday 6 th October.
09 October 2015 |

International ShakeOut Day

Undoubtedly our courageous members from the Canterbury region could teach us more than a thing or two about earthquakes. For the rest of us there is a very important day looming organised, in our part of the world, by New Zealand’s Civil Defence. Thursday 15 October is the International ShakeOut Day of Action. New Zealand, who has close to a million registered participants already, will be the first country to participate this year, at 9:15am.
22 September 2015 |

Disabled Youth Beehive Invitation

NZ Green MP Mojo Mathers is looking for a disabled youth to be her youth MP. They have to be aged 16-18 on 16 October, 2015 and, most importantly, be passionate about politics, social change and making a difference. Their travel and accommodation costs will be paid for. The closing date for applications to be a Green youth MP is the 21 st of September......

15 September 2015 |

CP Fundraiser Stepping Up

We are delighted to report that our Steptember Fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand is progressing really well. The challenge of doing 10, 000 steps a day for 28 days has been enthusiastically taken by individuals, families and the wider community alike. Entire businesses and schools are taking part and people are coming up with innovative ways to raise funds.
10 September 2015 |

CP Day Activities

World CP Day is an international collaboration to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and the many research efforts that aim to improve quality of life for individuals and their families. This year, on October 6 th, we will be joining this community that stretches across the globe. The society will keep you updated as different initiatives are launched.
06 August 2015 |

Sail(ability) Away

An excellent way to combat the mid winter blues is to focus on a summer orientated activity and there is no better way to spend a kiwi summers day, then to go sailing on the harbour.

Sailability is now established in many North Island centre’s and has programmes and training sessions throughout the year.

22 July 2015 |

Join Jammers For Fun And Excitement

StarJam offers free Singing, Dancing, and Drumming workshops for young people (6-25 year olds) with disabilities in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. The Auckland branch has spaces available in various workshops now! Their workshops are a great place to have fun, make new friends and experience the belief that anything is possible!

06 July 2015 |

Go Hunter Go!!!!!

Check out this Little Man, cruising down the high street in Wakefield in his seriously cool bright yellow BMW…….. surely he must be the coolest kid in town.

But for Hunter this is more than just a fun toy, for Hunter it is his chance to get some real independent movement.

25 June 2015 |

Calling All Creative Members….

The New Zealand Cerebral Palsy Register team are designing the NZCPR website. The purpose of the register is to gather detailed health data on individuals with CP throughout NZ. This is an exciting development because overseas the register process has been invaluable in answering fundamental questions such as how many people live with CP.

16 June 2015 |

Accessible House Becomes A Reality

The Christchurch branch of Conductive Education (CE) has a new house available for lease from 21 April, at 27 Grenville St, Phillipstown, Christchurch. (See photo) The house has 5 bedrooms. 3 of the bedrooms are downstairs and they are accessible and the two bedrooms upstairs are either for carers or ambulant flatmates.
02 June 2015 |

Michael J Rocks The Place

Colson Cherrington and Dillan Govind were the well deserved winners of the Michael Jackson look-a-like contest at the Society’s Mid-Winter lunch, held at Eden Park, last Saturday- 10 th May.

The black and white themed night conjured up images of Michael J himself and lo and behold he - or was that she? – appeared to entertain us all.

12 May 2015 |

Why Using A Wheelchair Is The Opposite Of Giving Up

When your child is first diagnosed with a disability, I imagine it’s confusing. There are lots of signs and arrows. Lots of opinions. Lots of doctors. Lots of gadgets. Lots of people who think they know the next “right thing.” And somewhere in there, you’re trying to do the right thing.
05 May 2015 |

New Director Of Boccia Appointed

Boccia New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Martin as our new Director of Boccia.

Scott graduated Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business and Sport and Recreation conjoint degree where he majored in finance and sport management.

24 April 2015 |

How Can Community Law Canterbury Help You?

By way of short introduction, I am a recent law graduate who has been working part-time as a law clerk for Community Law Canterbury over the past year or so. My hours are set to increase to 15 per week in the very near future and then fulltime from around June.
20 April 2015 |

Farewell Michael Yeatman

Sadly, Margaret McKeown has just informed the Society that her nephew and long time CP member Michael Yeatman passed away last Monday, aged 50. Michael was a very popular member of the Society, especially with the Boccia fraternity.
10 April 2015 |

Vehicle Access to Mt Eden / Maungawhau

Good morning, my name is Scott De Silva and I am the Manager Volcanic Cones with Auckland Council. One site I manage is Mt Eden and are seeking your views on a proposal to restrict vehicle access to the summit. The proposal is to reduce impacts on this special site and acknowledge the significance of the site to Mana Whenua and residents and visitors to Auckland.
02 April 2015 |

Participants Sought 12 years plus

For the last few years, students at Auckland University have worked with the CP Society and our members to design, develop and promote accessible equipment. Most recently, engineering students built new Boccia ramps and designed a prototype for a new style of walker that is more transportable and durable on different surfaces. (Video)
27 March 2015 |

Alli’s Intrepid Journey

In mid-January, my furry daughter PurrJo had to be put to sleep due to illness, so I decided that I deserved a holiday and would give myself something to look forward to. There was one part of New Zealand I had never been to - the Far North – so I decided to go there, combining that with time in Auckland, catching up with friends.
10 March 2015 |

Charity Puts Smiles On Dials

There is a lot of substance behind TV one’s Seven Sharp story featuring Kelly Dugan with his daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. (If you missed the segment, which aired on Friday the 20 th of February, the TVNZ on demand link is at the bottom of this article.
28 February 2015 |

Play The Beautiful Game

Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Northern Football are putting together a football squad made up of players with a physical impairment. So far 9 players are participating on a regular basis, with the hope of attracting 20 players over time. A couple of the current players have Cerebral Palsy.
19 February 2015 |

Health Passport Feedback Wanted

The Consumer Network of the Health Quality & Safety Commission is seeking feedback from people who have used the Health Passport document, put out by the Health & Disability Commission. The passports, filled out by the person or a carer, outline specific information about the person’s disability or medical condition that will assist staff treating that person to provide the appropriate care.
13 February 2015 |

Don’t Call Me Stupid!

This biography tells the tale of Rewia, a Maori woman from Hawke’s Bay, who was incorrectly labelled intellectually handicapped after a severe bout of meningitis, which left her with extensive paralysis and other physical damage, resulting in the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.

04 February 2015 |

An Expo To Make Life Easier

The must visit Show Your Ability Expo 2015 is on again in February. The expo starts in Auckland on the 24 th February and travels down to Hamilton (25 th) Palmerston North (26 th) and in March it visits Christchurch (2 nd) and finishes in Dunedin (3 rd).
29 January 2015 |

An Edge To The Boccia Enjoyment

Thirty-five enthusiastic players celebrated the 12 th annual Holiday Boccia Tournament at the Allan Brewster Centre, Papatoetoe, Auckland on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 January. As per usual, the CP Society hosted pairs tournament had a competitive edge and a large dose of enjoyment, throughout the weekend.
22 January 2015 |

A Tribute To Bruce Burgess

Life-long Society member Bruce Burgess passed away peacefully last Friday, (9th January 2015), at Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital, aged 60 years. 15 January 2015 | Read more...

Have your say on roads/footpaths

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) would like your views on the condition of roads and footpaths that you use, to shape the research behind future improvements.

17 December 2014 |

Becoming A Person

(I felt compelled to write the review of Robert Martin’s biography. You know it’s worthwhile when even writing a review of it nearly brings you to tears. This is a book that as many people as possible need to know about and read.)

11 December 2014 |


As most of you know, we are bursting at the seams at our current office in Auckland. We have been here since July 2000 and there have been many changes in the business since then.

26 November 2014 |

“Opt In”to employment

Since November 3 rd 2014 Work and Income has been trialling a new programme called “ Opt In which gives extra help to young people on Supported Living Payment, who would like the opportunity to work.

20 October 2014 |