Or­gan­i­sa­tions join up

Waipa Post - - News -

Two or­gan­i­sa­tions have come to­gether to of­fer fam­i­lies a range of ser­vices through­out a child’s life­span.

Autism and dis­abil­ity ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion En­rich+ has merged with Hamilton-based early in­ter­ven­tion cen­tre McKen­zie Cen­tre.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions share a vi­sion of en­abling peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­ily to have great lives.

The part­ner­ship will bet­ter meet the needs of dis­abled peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. It will also al­low the two or­gan­i­sa­tions to com­bine re­sources and strengthen their pro­files in the com­mu­nity.

En­rich+ will con­tinue to cater for chil­dren with autism from age 5 and above, and to sup­port youth and adults with dis­abil­i­ties from age 17 up.

Its ser­vices in­clude sup­port to gain and keep employment, sup­port to live in­de­pen­dently, pro­vid­ing opportunities for dis­abled peo­ple to be part of their com­mu­nity and coach­ing and men­tor­ing.

McKen­zie Cen­tre will re­main fo­cused on early in­ter­ven­tion for chil­dren from birth to school age who have a dis­abil­ity or de­vel­op­men­tal de­lays, and their fam­i­lies. Its ser­vices in­clude fam­ily sup­port, child and par­ent ed­u­ca­tion, and in­di­vid­u­alised ther­apy pro­grammes.

The merger of En­rich+ and McKen­zie Cen­tre was cel­e­brated at a launch event last month.

Ma­ree Had­don, who has re­ceived sup­port from McKen­zie Cen­tre, spoke about how the two or­gan­i­sa­tions are well-aligned.

She said each or­gan­i­sa­tion has pas­sion­ate staff fo­cused on sup­port­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

“What is ex­cit­ing about the join­ing of these two re­spected or­gan­i­sa­tions is the abil­ity to ex­pand the reach of each ser­vice, and the po­ten­tial to pro­vide a wrap­around ser­vice for our chil­dren through­out their lives,” Ma­ree said.

“As a par­ent, I am very re­as­sured by the pos­si­bil­ity of a ser­vice where our chil­dren can be sup­ported be­fore school, through their school­ing years and all the way through to adult­hood.”

Nearly 75 per cent of Waipa¯ ’s dogs re­main un­reg­is­tered as the June 30 dead­line ap­proaches.

Waipa¯ District Coun­cil is urg­ing dog own­ers to reg­is­ter their dogs by the end of the month to com­ply with the na­tional Dog Con­trol Act and to be in to win free dog reg­is­tra­tion for life.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices team leader Karl Tutty said 8306 dogs were reg­is­tered in Waipa¯ last year, sup­port­ing a num­ber of ser­vices across the district.

“Dog reg­is­tra­tions help pay for our 24-hour dog con­trol ser­vice, dog ex­er­cise ar­eas, ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, signs and equip­ment in­clud­ing ‘doggy doo’ bins and bags in some parks.”

They also con­trib­ute to vet­eri­nary costs and re­hom­ing dogs in our dog pound.

“Last year we re­sponded to 2672 in­quiries about dogs. With­out reg­is­tra­tion fees we couldn’t pro­vide this ser­vice,” says Karl.

More than 2000 dog own­ers have al­ready reg­is­tered their dogs this year, but Karl says there’s a long way to go.

“I en­cour­age the other 6000 plus own­ers to get on to it now be­fore an ad­di­tional penalty is ap­plied — plus be in to win free Waipa¯ reg­is­tra­tion for your dog for the rest of its life.”

By law, all dogs in New Zealand must be reg­is­tered by three months of age.

In Waipa¯, the fee to reg­is­ter ur­ban-based dogs is $89, re­duced to $64 if dogs are neutered and kept in a fenced sec­tion. Ru­ral dogs cost $50 each to reg­is­ter as they generally have less ac­cess to coun­cil ser­vices.

If dog reg­is­tra­tion is not paid, a 50 per cent penalty is ap­plied un­der the Dog Con­trol Act from the be­gin­ning of Au­gust. If a reg­is­tra­tion no­tice has not been re­ceived or con­tact de­tails have changed, dog own­ers can get in touch with coun­cil.

■ Fees can be paid on­line at waipadc.govt.nz/dogs or in per­son at coun­cil of­fices.


EN­RICH+ CEO Wendy Becker (right) and McKen­zie Cen­tre man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tr­isha Benge.

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