Learning and Events Calendar

Imagine Better Learning

The disability sector of Aotearoa NZ has gone through significant change over recent decades, which Imagine Better continues to play an important role in. Imagine Better Learning is one of the strategies we use to assist disabled persons, their whānau, allies, and providers to better understand how to keep ‘a good life’ for the individual as their primary purpose.

Our learning programmes aim to:

• Keep abreast of the latest changes

• Identify implications and opportunities

• Gain insight and learn lessons from others, and

• Filtering national and international best practice

These practices are useful as we plan for and work towards, our individual and collective good lives of today and tomorrow. Imagine Better Learning aims to be an active partner in the ongoing change process, whether you are a person with lived experience, a family member, whānau, a close ally or professional. Our mission is to resource you with the principles, strategies, techniques, methods, knowledge and skills that will support your efforts. Each year Imagine Better Learning works with national and international partners. We listen to the sector and work with others to create workshops, training, events, resources and networks that equip participants with practical tools for implementing their good life.

  • EGL Leadership Taranaki

    Friday, February 04, 2022 at 12:30 PM · 30 rsvps · The Devon Hotel in New Plymouth, New Zealand


    On the afternoon of 29 October 2021 Minister’s Sepuloni and Little heralded a raft of disability sector and legislative changes aimed at further transforming Aotearoa NZ into a less-disability society.  If you missed it, you can watch it by following this link | Announcement on Disability System Transformation and Accessibility (attitudelive.com)

    One of the core elements announced was the national roll out of Enabling Good Lives (EGL).  So, what does this, or perhaps, what could this mean for Taranaki?

    These two half day workshops have been created to actively and intentionally advance our local conversation on

    • What is important to us as a region?
    • What do we want to see happen in our communities?
    • How can we prepare for ‘an EGL rollout’? and perhaps most importantly

    This workshop aims to bring together people with lived experience and family / whanau to workshop the questions above and to korero. In this way we are genuinely seeking to hear from the people and we want to do this kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face to face).

    What is important to you and what can we do as a region to advance the EGL spirit and intent both now and into the future. Your voice is really important.

    How it will work

    There are two sessions.

    The first is Friday 4 February 2022 | 12.30pm – 4.30pm

    The second is Saturday 5 February 2022 | 9am – 1.30pm

    Your attendance at both sessions is ideal, but we do understand that this might be a challenge for a variety of reasons. (If you can’t make both sessions’ please let us know in advance for catering and resourcing purposes.)

    About your hosts

    These workshops are locally inspired and managed, though the EGL Taranaki Steering Group (Sam Burgham, Emma Crofskey, Craig Nielsen, Leighton Littlewood), a small group of dedicated people with a diverse range of community involvement who are deeply passionate about the opportunities the new era of EGL in Taranaki will open up.  The EGL Taranaki Steering Group have sourced some funding support through a Te Pou grant and have invested time and energy into creating these workshops.

    Tony McLean has been invited to guide us through our time together.  Tony will be familiar to some of you as he and his wife Ange lived in New Plymouth from 2007 – 2013. During this period their two daughters were born at base hospital while Tony was the Manager of Accessibility (2007 – 2010) and then working locally with a number of families through Imagine Better (2010 – 2013).  Tony, Ange and their three children live in Papamoa. He still works for Imagine Better. 

    Local Facilitators have played an active role in the creation and design of the workshops and will also be an integral part of the delivery.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to

    Samantha Burgham (Sam) [email protected] 027 857 3529

    Craig Nielsen [email protected] 021 1305 797


    (Please note: Due to venue requirements, any participants are required to have a valid 'my vaccine pass')

  • 'Home' - 4-part Webinar

    Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM · $50.00 NZD · 24 rsvps · Zoom


    17 February 2022 | 12 noon – 1.30pm | Session One with Dr Kendrick

    24 February 2022 | 12 noon – 1.30pm | Session Two with Dr Kendrick

    03 March 2022 | 7.30pm – 9pm | Session Three with New Zealand presenter

    10 March 2022 | 7.30pm – 9pm | Session Four with New Zealand presenter

    * The lunch time sessions align with North American timezones

    If you’d like to know more, please contact: Tony McLean - [email protected]


    Home is so much more than a building. It is a foundational aspect of life. It provides the bedrock from which we can launch into the world.

    Even more than that, home should be the place where we can truly be ourselves, where we are safe, comfortable, have and are able to exercise autonomy, where our identity is reflected, a place that provides connection and belonging in our chosen neighbourhood.

    Yet for many people, what home will look like once they leave the parental home is a big question. There is often an unconscious or unspoken assumption that a person needs to be ‘fully independent’, or they will need to live with other people with disabilities in a group home arrangement. Group living was revolutionary in the 1970’s, but today it is only one of the option’s available to people. We know people, even people with considerable needs, can live in typical houses, in typical communities with typical people.

    This four-part webinar series will explore the following:

    Two x 1.5-hour webinars with Dr. Michael Kendrick who will explore some of the fundamental and universal considerations around home.

    Two x 1.5-hour webinars with New Zealanders who have created an individualised home.

    The sessions will also look at the role of the different supporters required for home to be a place where people can thrive.

    These on-line sessions will be of value to:

    • Disabled people thinking about home and / or wanting to create home and / or trying to better understand why their current arrangement doesn’t really feel like real home.
    • Families, whānau, allies and supporters who are supporting a person to think about or set up home.
    • Paid professionals who support people at home.
    • Anyone interested in supporting people in an authentically individualised manner.


    When you register, you’ll be asked to pay a small fee to access this unique learning opportunity.  

    Individuals, Family, Whānau $50.00 | Professionals $150.00

    Your registration will provide you access to:

    • Six hours of live learning and Q&A delivered in four x 1.5-hour sessions.
    • Access to recordings of the sessions for you to watch post event.
    • Reading material for expanding content as you wish.
    • Connection with other people thinking deeply about this topic.
    • A connection point through Imagine Better

    About Dr. Kendrick

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    For over thirty years Dr. Kendrick has been teaching, writing and speaking on values-based leadership, service design and reflective practice in and across services and human service systems. He has travelled the globe and brings a rich perspective on the universalities of coherent quality service and the dynamics that can and do undermine it.

    Michael has worked in Aotearoa New Zealand over the past 20 years and has a robust understanding of our local context. By combining this with his international experience, he offers a range of insights into some of the important universal and fundamental elements of an authentic, genuine and real home.  You can learn more about Dr. Kendrick here: https://www.kendrickconsulting.org/