Welcome to the ADSA fortnightly e-news.
In this issue:

  • AGM 18th September. Committee members needed.

  • Reminder: Community Service Award nominations cut off end August.

  • North Harbour Volleyball opportunity ages 9+

  • Real World Living online hui – 30th August

  • Special Children’s Christmas Parties

  • ADSA 0-12’s Christmas Party, 20th November, save the date

  • Fundraising coming up: prizes/auction items needed

  • ADSA Entrepreneurs: we can advertise your product

  • Disability Connect: Transition Expo

  • Free tickets available – and how to get them!

Notice of Annual General Meeting 

Our AGM will be held 18th September 2022, at 2pm via zoom. Please put this in your diaries, and we will communicate the link closer to the time.

Management Committee – new members needed

We are looking for new committee members – who can connect, communicate and be proactive

We need to fill the roles of Treasurer and Secretary.  However, people are needed in addition to these roles.

Whilst our preference is that Committee Members are from the families and members of ADSA, our intention is to make a rule change at the AGM to accommodate those with skills and passion for our community. 

You will need:
  • A great attitude – and ability to connect, communicate and be proactive.
  • Preferably a background and/or personal experience within the disability sector.
  • To have experience in a relevant field – eg, finance, fundraising, communications
  • To be available for all meetings (unless exceptional circumstances exist).
  • To be willing and able to pitch in as required.
If you are interested or know someone who might be please complete this nomination form Management Committee Nomination Form. If you would like to find out more about being on the committee, please contact Maia Faulkner our Chairperson ( 

🏆Community Service Award – NOMINATIONS🏆

Don’t forget we need your nominations for the Community Service Award which is presented at our AGM.  The Community Service Award is given to someone outside of our organisation – who has gone “above and beyond” to support our community – and who has a positive impact on the lives of people with Down syndrome in Auckland (eg. a therapist, a professional, a sports coach, a teacher).

We invite you to have a think about the last 12 months – and to make a nomination. You need to show that the person you are nominating has impacted more than one family, and ideally try and get a few other members to join you in the nomination. If you would like to nominate someone, Please download the form here and return to Xuan ( ). Nominations close 31 Aug 2022.

North Harbour Volleyball opportunity

North Harbour Volleyball Association is providing a free volleyball event day for children with Down Syndrome (ages 9 upwards). This event day will provide the opportunity to get involved in a fun social event day and learn the basic volleyball skills through a range of games and exercises. The drills and games will be catered to suit, ensuring this is an inclusive environment where everyone is able to participate and have fun. Feel free to bring a family member or sibling along to the event to get involved!

Real World Living

An opportunity to attend the Real World Living zoom session on 30th August. This invite is for all schools, education facilities, tertiary, families, whanau, providers who work with people who have disabilities.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 4324 3478
Passcode: 952302

After 2 decades of extremely successful events, it's time again for the best and highest quality FREE Christmas party for special children ever held in Auckland. The party will be held at The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson on Saturday 10th December. It will run from 11:30am until 2:00pm.

During this time the children will be treated to a star-studded show featuring TV celebrities, many local performers, face painting, jumping castles, loads of Sky TV activities, free giveaways plus the children get to meet our very special sporting celebrities. With all this fun to be had the children will need all the yummy party food that we can provide - and we have heaps!

There is only one ticket available per family. This ticket is for a child with Down syndrome and one parent or caregiver (No siblings please). The age group attending will cover birth to (and including) 12 years. Please email Xuan at if you have any questions.

Here is the link for registrations

 Kids Christmas Party
     20th November 2022     

This is for carers and siblings of our 0–12 year members – and will be held at Kiwi Valley Farm.  We are having this nice and early this year before the Christmas chaos kicks in.  Details to follow!

Fundraising raffle and auction 
(goodies needed please!)

Over the next few months, we will be planning our major fundraising raffle, and also online auction (held at different times).  We are looking for contributions of prizes, and auction items.  These can be in the form of physical items, or gift vouchers for a product  or service.  Please approach your family and friends.  Details to Xuan (


To our members who have their own products to sell.  You are very welcome to join us at the kids Christmas party – and set up a table to sell from.  Also – please let us know about your business – so we can feature you in our social media campaign leading up to Christmas. =)

Transition Expo - Explore What Is Available

Transition - the shift from school to adulthood, is an incredibly important and often nerve-wracking period for disabled students and their families.

Date: 7 September 2022
Venue: Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Fergusson Drive, St Johns
Time: 9am-2pm

Send your questions to:
All students with a disability and those involved in the disability sector will enjoy this day

Ticket season is here 🎉

We are starting to receive our ticket allocations for Santa Parade and Kids Big Day Out.  These will be advertised via our Facebook private members group, and in e-news where possible.
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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