Happy 2023 everyone🥳!  Paula and Xuan are back from holiday and getting into the routine again for 2023.  We both have school children at home so the holiday/work juggle is still on for a few more weeks😬.  Hours may vary – but we will always respond to your queries.

We would love to receive any photos or stories of your summer activities for the upcoming ADSA magazine, and for use on our social media.  Please email to
  • Recreate Social Clubs

  • Upcoming Events

  • Sports & Recreation

  • Volunteers Needed


Places are still available for the ADSA Social clubs – run by Recreate NZ.  There are two age groups: 11-17 and 18+. All details are on our website – including the 2023 events calendar.  The first event of the year is 11th February.  You need to complete the Recreate registration process before attending any events.

New members - please complete the registration form at this link.

Existing Members: please email Annabelle ( and Xuan ( and let us know if you are returning.

Also a reminder – that these events are run by Recreate – so they are the first point of contact for any issues.

🚂Manukau Steamers– Waitangi Day 2023

Save the date 6th February for a free fun day out at the Manukau Steamers. This is a great day out! Click here for details.
You can register any time until end February!  All the details including our flyer are here.  March 2023 Registrations

19 March – World Down Syndrome Day Picnic

We will hold a community event to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Details TBC.

Music Group

The Music and Fun playgroup for Under 5’s starts up again on Wednesday 15th February.  Full calendar and details are at this link.  This is a wonderful way to meet parents with children in a similar age group.

🏏 Ellerslie Cricket Club – CricStars –

Fantastic opportunity for kids age 5-18.  The 6 week season starts 12th February.  Check out the video at this link.  Many of our ADSA members tried this program in 2022 and it is back by popular demand.

Disabled Surfers NZ –
Have a Go Days 25th Feb and 11th March.

This looks like an ABSOLUTE buzz!  The surfing events involve pairing up one participant with a minimum of six volunteers. Participants are taken into the broken waves of the surf where they are assisted in catching waves. Depending on their disability, participants can ride waves on their stomachs, backs or standing up. Volunteers are lined up either side of the participant as they ride the wave to offer immediate support at any time. In most cases, participants will ride tandem with an experienced volunteer. (check out the website and facebook page for more details)
Our list of regular volunteers to help with events and projects is very short.  We would like to build this up for 2023.  Please email Xuan ( or complete the website link if you are available to help us.
Please email Xuan on or Paula on if you have any questions regarding the events and news highlighted in this update.
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