S.O.A.R. With Jack
S.O.A.R. With Jack is a weekly radio show on Radio Southland 96.4 FM. The show airs at 6.45pm every Wednesday and covers disability issues through Jack's interviews with local families, agencies, and individuals who help raise disability awareness.
The show has been ranked #1 two months in a row after securing the highest number of podcast downloads! (September and October 2018)
NKMP CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha on S.O.A.R.
Hannah Pascoe on what it's like living with no sight
Rhonda Hoffman on fundraising and Gwen Jansen on her international documentary about marathon runners from all over the world
Sandra Stiles, Whanau Ora Navigator - Disabilities, on her work at Nga Kete
Miranda Kennedy, Head Injury Society Southland, on what it's like living with a head injury
Gordon Crombie, IDEA Services Manager, on working alongside people with disabilities
Jenny Hogg, Local Area Co-ordinator, on her role and what it covers
Anne Robbie, Blind Foundation, on supporting people in the community with low or no vision
Daniel and Leoma Tawaroa on raising a son with Autism
William Todd on what it's like living with Aspergers
Janine King, Age Concern Southland, on the challenges elderly face including loneliness, mobility, and financial stress
Rebecca Yeoman, of WorkBridge, spoke about the organization which gives employers access to a wide talent pool of people with a disability, injury or illness
Debbie Houkamau (Jack's mother) on what it has been like raising a son with Muscular Dystrophy
Ria Bond, of Venture Southland, on the need to educate employers that having a disability should not be a barrier to employment
Darren Ludlow, Radio Southland Manager, on the role the station plays in the disability sector
Jonathan Searancke and Leroy Wilson-Salder along with Habitat For Humanity Manager Paul Searancke on being employed and employing people with a disability
Taylor Heads on what it's like living with no sight
Julia Colhoun on what it's like living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Lorraine, of Work and Income, on working with clients with health conditions, injuries or disabilities and support them to get back into work
Grant and Dean Gerken on the Chemo Crazies , a Charitable Trust designed to inspire families of children living with cancer to make the most of the time that they have
Jason Plunkett, of IDEA Services, on working alongside people with disabilities
James Golden and his mother Leigh Golden on raising a son with cerebral palsy symptoms
Darlene Howell, of Epilepsy New Zealand, on what it's like living with epilepsy
Rachael Goldsmith, of Radio Southland, on what it's like living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Linda Green, Manager of the Disability Resource Centre, on what the centre is and what it offers in the community
Janice Lee, of Koha Kai, on her award-winning organization, which focuses on creating social transformation within the disability sector through meaningful employment and education leading to nationally recognized qualifications.
Hamish McMurdo, General Manager of DisAbility Enterprises, about their employment of people living with disabilities to help make a difference in responsible waste disposal.
Amber, who recently joined Parent-to-Parent, on what it's like looking after her daughter who suffers from Angelman Syndrome
Leon Hartnett from IHC about the work they do with people with intellectual disabilities, and their new volunteer programme.
Sonya Cunningham, from the locally-owned Southern Mobility, about her role in the business and the services they provide to people all around Southland.
Rachel, from Southland MS Society, about what their service offers those with MS in the region.
Vinette, of Alzheimers Southland, on the disease and how the organisation helps people living with it and their caregivers.
Megan Roskilley, of Oranga Tamariki, on supporting tamariki with disabilities.
Bailley Unahi, a student who was injured in the Six60 Dunedin balcony collapse. Bailley talks about her recovery and how life has changed for her.
Tracy Henderson, of Life Unlimited, on hearing loss and options available for people experiencing hearing issues.
Taylor Heads and his mother Lois on growing up with vision impairment and how it can affect your day-to-day life.
Liv Hall, Disability Support Liaison Officer at the Southern Institute of Technology, on how she and her team assist students living with learning and other disability-related issues.
Personal trainer Daniel and one of his clients Sam, who lives with a disability, about the positive effect exercise can have on your self-confidence and well-being, plus the upcoming Teretonga Park's Drive 4 Life.
Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha on the SOAR programme, and how it has changed the way people think about disability.
Jo, who runs Zumba classes for women, on teaching women from a variety of backgrounds including those with disabilities, and Hope who aspires to be New Zealand's first Down Syndrome Zumba Instructor.
Nga Kete's CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha interviews Jack about a booklet they've put together on supporting employers
Tony, Nicole and Carla from CCS Disability Action on their role of working with people with disabilities.
Tony, the "Bike Doctor", about IDEA Service's Bike Restoration Project.
Britney, a local young woman who lives with Friedreich's Ataxia. Despite her disability, she makes the most out of life.
Awarua Whanau Services CEO Mata Cherrington, on the service and what it can offer those with a disability.
IDEA Services Area Manager (Southland) Leanne Samuel on the organisation and her role
Nga Kete nurse Dee Curwood on being Jack's caregiver and what it involves
Chris, of the nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service, on her role and what it involves.
Darren interviews Jack about the information for employers booklet he has been working on, and how important it is for people with disabilities to have meaningful roles to play within organisations.
Hannah Pascoe on the Westpac Chopper Appeal and Andrew Moreton who supported her.
Natalie, of Driving Miss Daisy, on what the service offers those with a disability.
Natasha talks about her experience around stopping smoking and working with the Southern Stop Smoking Service
Having returned from completing the Christchurch Marathon, Jack talks about how it all went.
Southland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Sheree Carey on why she uses a wheelchair, her recovery, life as a wheelchair user and the importance of building accessibility.
Jack has a chat with Russell, Roading Manager at the Invercargill City Council, about the Total Mobility Scheme adn other issues facing people with disabilities when it comes to getting out and about.
Jack talks to Miriam McKenzie from Say It Clearly about her work as a speech trainer.