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Autism Awareness

Around 80,000 New Zealanders have autism (source: Autism NZ). It’s a developmental disability that can affect people in different ways. But — if given the opportunity — everyone with autism is capable of leading a happy, fulfilling life. What is autism? Autism affects how people communicate with others and interact with the world. People on […]

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March 2020 Fanletter

Kia ora It’s so exciting that another year of Special Olympics events are already underway. There’s so much to look forward to in 2020. This month’s Fanletter covers just some of the awesome things happening in the world of Special Olympics New Zealand: The Young Athletes Programme, which we hope to run all over NZ […]

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Back issues of the Special Olympics New Zealand Fanletter

Back issues of the Special Olympics New Zealand Fanletter Fanletter is the newsletter published by Special Olympics New Zealand. We now send a compact version out via email and you can read a longer version on our website. Subscribe now here. In the past, we emailed out the full version, so you can read those […]

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Logo Winner National Summer Games 2021

Last year, we announced a competition to create a logo for the upcoming National Summer Games (NSG). The NSG will be held in Hamilton in 2021. We were so happy to get all your creative and artistic entries for this competition. You all showed great effort, imagination and enthusiasm. Ka pai (well done) everyone! Of […]

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A new memorandum of understanding

A new memorandum of understanding between the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation and SONZ We’re excited to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Special Olympics New Zealand (SONZ) and the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation (NZPF). “This agreement will play a pivotal part in SONZ running high quality sports programmes for Tamariki (5 […]

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Special Olympics Asia Pacific Youth Summit

Singapore – 2 December, 2019: About 100 young people with and without intellectual disabilities from 14 Asian and Pacific countries will gather in Singapore to co-design strategies and solutions using technology for a more inclusive world. Organised by Special Olympics Asia Pacific and sponsored by The Lane Foundation, Kantar and Microsoft, Youth for Inclusion 2019 […]

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World Winter Games 2021 Management Team Confirmed

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the management team for the Special Olympics New Zealand 2021 World Winter Games in Sweden. “We were blown away by the standard of all applicants and it made it extremely difficult for the Sports sub-committee through the shortlisting and interview process. We had some challenging decisions […]

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NSG 2021 Logo Competition

Are you creative? Want the chance to create the logo for a national Special Olympics New Zealand event? Need something to direct your energy and love over the summer? We want you to design our next logo for the National Summer Games in 2021! Some guidelines: Your logo needs to feature the Special Olympics Logo. […]

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National Summer Games Host City Announced

(Left to right) Special Olympics New Zealand CEO Carolyn Young, Athlete Ambassador Alex Johnson and Hamilton’s Deputy Major Geoff Taylor. The last time this event was held in Hamilton was 1993. The Waikato is pleased to be hosting the largest national Special Olympics event, Hamilton Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor says: “I’d like to thank Special […]

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Sport NZ Disability Plan Launch

Sport NZ recently launched it’s Disability Plan that enables development of inclusive opportunities and experiences to ensure that disabled people are enjoying play, active recreation and sport. The plan seeks to improve the range and quality of physical activity on offer for disabled tamariki and rangatahi for their own well-being and the well-being for communities […]