Branch News

Here you will find the latest newsletters and events that are happening across the regions. 

Northern Region Branch

Avondale Paradise Ice Skating rink recently hosted Northern's event, such a great way to kick off 2019!

Several members came along in powered and manual chairs to skate on the ice. Some members were brace enough to use the training frames for support. This was a day full of fun and excitement. Northern fieldworker Darian Smith was there to greet all members and enjoy the action.

"I personally love when we have these events because it's a great example of people with neuromuscular conditions doing something that most people wouldn't expect of them. It's thinking outside the box and having fun. Some of those wheelchairs skid really well!" (Darian Smith, Fieldworker).

Thank you to all members and staff who made this event possible. Another warm thank you to Avondale Paradise for being excellent hosts. Keep in touch for more events coming your way!

For the latest Northern newsletter click here

Central Region Branch

The Special General Meeting was held on Sunday 14th October 2018 at Churton Park Community Centre.   The name change to MDA Tuaatara | Central Region, or Central Region for short, was confirmed at the meeting. The renaming demonstrates branch commitment to better representing the entire Lower North Island region and upholding the values of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Te Reo Māori name Tuaatara refers to the spine of the fish – Maui’s fish – the mythological name for the North Island.

The Freedom campaign was a phenomenal success for the newly-renamed branch, with more funds raised than ever before. Volunteers were on hand to help out at street collections and special events such as the Hastings Blossom Parade. It was a slightly larger group than last year due to the willingness of a few volunteers from Karamu High School, so a big thanks goes out to Nathan and Macayla Parkins and friends for joining in and holding up the banner, made by Jarrod, who also gets a big thank you. 

Click here to view a PDF copy of the latest newsletter from your Regional Branch, showcasing a range of member stories and events happening throughout your region in the month of September. 

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Canterbury Region Branch

Thank you to all of the people who stepped up to help during the Freedom Campaign, especially former branch committee members and students from Christ’s College.  We appreciate your support!  The Commodore Airport Hotel supported our third, annual education seminar held in collaboration with National Office.  Members came from as far as Franz Josef Glacier to attend the session. Simon Goss and Dr John Alchin from the Pain Management Centre at Burwood Hospital gave an informative talk on managing pain, and Prudence Walker from CCS Disability Action shared her story and spoke about ways to get involved in disability leadership.

There are various events around the Canterbury Branch region this Christmas, and we would love to see you and foster the sense of community that comes from connecting with members and whanau.

Please come along to a Christmas event near you;

Timaru: 24th November from 12.30 at Zest. Please RSVP to Fran as soon as you can or to Rebecca at the branch office.

Christchurch: 1st December at the Travis Wetlands Education Centre, 280 Beach Road Burwood.  From 11am - 3pm, sausages an ham provided - please bring something along to share.  RSVP to Rebecca at the branch office.

Nelson: 8th December at 295 Main Road, Hope, Richmond, from 11am till 3pm. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 0274446681 as soon as possible.

To read the the latest Canterbury newsletter click here

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Southern Region Branch

This year’s Freedom campaign was all about our young community members and having fun.  Special thanks to the local schools who supported the campaign with activities and mufti days. Our newly formed Lego Club continues to be a huge hit with budding builders in the South and we hope to grow this into 2019.

We hope you will join us for a Christmas celebration, and also our 30th anniversary as the Southern Region Branch!  Details are in the invite below.

For the latest newsletter click here 

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