Organisations join up
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.