SPECIAL EDITION: World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations

World Down Syndrome Day is 21 March. 
This is a lovely time to get together as a community and have a catch up. AND an opportunity to raise awareness about people with Down syndrome. We have lots of ways for you to join in the fun and celebrate.

Celebrate Diversity with a ROCK YOUR SOCKS day!

This is the first one to organise!  It is simply wearing your craziest, unmatching, most likely to stand out SOCKS!  All day! This can be done at church, at the office, a sports game, your place of work, your preschool, kindy, Primary school, youth club!  ANYWHERE. It's a great way to introduce the topic of Celebrating Diversity and can lead onto some discussions about how to better include people with Down syndrome.  The best day for this is on 21.3 (World Down Syndrome Day).

Check out our website link for POSTERS and more details. CLICK HERE


We are so excited for our community to have the chance to come together and celebrate! The wonderful people at Papatoetoe East Primary School have allowed us use of their grounds – fully fenced, with a wonderful field, playground, and shaded area. We will have some great family games, music, lucky dip, sausage sizzle, and some prizes for ROCK YOUR SOCKS too!

A schedule will be added to the Facebook page soon but for now – lock if in your calendar and download our poster HERE.  AND indicate if you will be attending on our facebook event page HERE.

Morning Tea at Flourish Café, Takapuna 21.3

We have a table booked at Flourish Café in Takapuna (next to Westfield Carpark).  Please email Xuan if you would like to attend.  Places are limited – and each person needs to pay for their own food/drinks.  One of our members Lily-Mae has just started her training at the café.  Please REGISTER HERE


Join in for a chat, and to meet the representatives from around New Zealand.



This is the theme for 2023 from DOWN SYNDROME INTERNATIONAL. Below is from the World Down Syndrome Day website.  You can read more HERE. The message of With Us Not For Us is key to a human rights-based approach to disability. A human rights-based approach views people with disabilities as having the right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, working With others to improve their lives.

Mini Auction

We were sadly not able to run our raffle this year due to increased administration requirements.  However, we will have a mini auction starting on 15th March, and finishing at 8.30pm on 21 March.  This will be advertised in the next e-news and on our social media.

A Kids Guide to Down Syndrome

This is a lovely guide to share with preschools, schools and other providers.  Available to download from our website. HERE  Great for sharing on your social media and within your whānau

Flatmate Wanted: Pakuranga/Howick area

One of our members (Luke) is looking for a flatmate.
Where: two story house in the Pakuranga/Howick area It is a four bedroom house with two bathrooms and a extra toilet downstair. Close to shops and bus routes It is a very sunny house and parking for three outside the garage. Please click here to view photos.
Who Lives there: Luke (46), Liza (42).
Cost: The rent is $180.00 per week, and the power, water, phone divided by the three of them 
Please contact Yvonne for further details or if you are interested. 027 693 3702.

Auckland floods and Cyclone Gabrielle – Easy Read information

This Easy Read information is for people with learning (intellectual) disability to assist their understanding of the floods in Auckland. It might also be useful for people with English as a second language or for people with lower literacy.

Website: Easy Read information on Auckland flooding
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