Korero Clubs & Groups

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all AphasiaNZ Kōrero Clubs and groups were placed on hold. They have now restarted. The best way to get the latest updates about a group is to email the CAA responsible for the group.

Click here for the CAAs’ email addresses.

Group meetings (which are often Kōrero (conversation) Clubs or Aphasia Support Groups) provide an opportunity for people with aphasia to practise speaking in a supportive environment, gain confidence, meet others with aphasia, share experiences, and have open discussions with those with and affected by aphasia. Carers, family members, friends and professionals are welcome to attend most meetings.

A person who knows about aphasia provides support and facilitates most meetings. Some meetings also include guest speakers and local updates, as well as aphasia information, training and communication techniques, and other topics of interest. The meetings are free of charge, but a koha (donation) is welcome as we do not receive any Government or Health funding for our services.

AphasiaNZ Kōrero (conversation) Club/group meetings are currently offered in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, Wellington, Paraparaumu, Christchurch and Dunedin.

There are a variety of groups and services available for people with aphasia throughout the country – contact us for more information.

Auckland

North Auckland (Albany)Shore Talk on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm.

South Auckland (Manurewa): Manurewa Kōrero Club on Thursdays at 10.30am.

For more information about Auckland groups and activities, including the meeting locations, email aucklandcs@aphasia.org.nz (Manurewa KōreroClub) or aucklandnw@aphasia.org.nz (Shore Talk).

Hamilton

Waikato Kōrero Club

The Waikato Kōrero Club supports people with aphasia following a stroke, brain injury or brain tumour.

The group meets fortnightly on a Thursday in Hamilton Central. A safe, supportive and fun environment. Email waikatowc@aphasia.org.nz for information.

Tauranga

Tauranga Kōrero Club

A weekly group for people with aphasia on Wednesday afternoons, held in Tauranga South. The Tauranga Kōrero Club runs for 8 weeks during term times and then breaks for 2 or 3 weeks before resuming. Email tauranga@aphasia.org.nz for information.

Taupo

Taupo Kōrero Club

A fortnightly group for people with aphasia on Thursdays, held in Hilltop. Email centralnorth@aphasia.org.nz for information.

Paraparaumu

Kapiti Aphasia Combo

A monthly group on the second Wednesday of the month for those affected by aphasia in and near the Kapiti/Paraparaumu areas. People from Wellington City are welcome too. Group will restart in September: email wellington@aphasia.org.nz for more details.

The Wellington Aphasia Community also has a Facebook page!  Click here and ‘like’ the page for updates and information.

Wellington

Wellington Aphasia Community

Meetings and groups are held in Johnsonville on the first Wednesday of the month (group meeting with a guest speaker and/or topic) and on the third Wednesday of the month (Kōrero Club). Meetings start at 10.15am. Group is restarting on Wednesday 19th August.

For more information email wellington@aphasia.org.nz

Christchurch

Aphasia Speaks Christchurch (Kōrero Club) and Coffee and Conversation group

Weekly on Mondays, alternating between the Kōrero Club and the coffee group. Meetings are held in the morning in Papanui.

Aphasia Speaks Christchurch is currently full/at capacity, and those wanting to join will be put on a waitlist. However, there are spaces for people to join the Christchurch South Kōrero Group in St Martins.

Christchurch South Kōrero Group (St Martins)

A new Kōrero Club for those living in South Christchurch. New members welcome.

Kirsten Drayton SLT facilitates Aphasia Speaks Christchurchcontact her for details.

For information about the other Christchurch activities, email christchurch@aphasia.org.nz

Dunedin

The Dunedin Kōrero Club meets fortnightly from 2-3pm on Tuesdays.

This is an opportunity to practise speaking in a supportive environment with others and our CAA Kathryn.

If you would like to attend, and for more details, email dunedin@aphasia.org.nz or call 02041579545.

Other Meetings and Support for People with Aphasia

Dunedin Aphasia Support Group

Meets fortnightly on Fridays at 10.30am at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre. Refreshments are provided. The group is for people with aphasia and support people are welcome too. You can enquire about the group through its Facebook page – click here.

Tauranga

There are a number of activities for people affected by aphasia in the Tauranga area. Click below for more information:

The Brain Wave Singers

The Brainwave Singers is an exciting local voice and research initiative for people with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s or stroke. Led by Dr Robin Matthews, the choir includes a series of voice and breathing exercises to help maintain good vocal volume and function. Research reveals compelling evidence that singing helps voice, breathing and wellbeing and can also help to ‘rewire’ the brain after injury, and so could help with conditions like aphasia following a stroke. The choir meets on Wednesday mornings at the Greerton Citizens Hall, Maitland Street, Greerton, Tauranga.

Communication Group

Email tauranga@aphasia.org.nz for more information about this group.

Palmerston North/Manawatu

The Strive Communication Group meets every Thursday and anyone living with aphasia, stroke, or brain injury is welcome to come along. The group meets at Strive Rehabilitation ManawatuWhakaoranga Takakawe ki Manawatu. Click here for the details: Strive Communication Group Flyer

Lower Hutt

A group of people affected by aphasia, and their partners/spouses, meets every Thursday fortnight from 10.30am-12pm at the Lower Hutt Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Centre on Witako Street. The group conducts brain exercises, quizzes, and board games. Bring along something for morning tea.  For more details, email us.

Nelson

Monthly aphasia support group meetings are held in Nelson, in conjunction with the Stroke Foundation. Get in touch with us for more information.

Christchurch Aphasia Carer’s Coffee Group

A group of people with partners/spouses or loved ones with aphasia meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at the Dux Dine Cafe/Restaurant, 28 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton. For more information, please email us.

Rodney Aphasia Group (RAG)

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1.30pm-3pm at Rotary House in Silverdale (north of Auckland City). New members are welcome.  Meetings are held for sharing, education, and companionship, and members have the opportunity to attend a range of short courses and/or rehabilitation programmes, aimed at improving communication for people with aphasia. Some courses are also available for spouses and caregivers. For more details, email Lisa Fowlie, RAG Administrator at rodneyaphasiagroup@gmail.com

For the new Rodney Aphasia Group website, click here.

We are continually updating a directory of support meetings for people affected by aphasia in New Zealand – please check back for regular updates.

New Meetings

If you would like a meeting in your area or region contact us and we will support people in your region to get meetings and a network up and running.