Korero Clubs & Groups

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all AphasiaNZ Korero Clubs and groups were placed on hold. They are in the process of restarting and the best way to get the latest updates is to email the CAA responsible for the group. Click here for the CAAs’ email addresses.

Group meetings (which are often Korero (conversation) Clubs or Aphasia Support Groups) provide an opportunity for people with aphasia to practice 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 Korero (conversation) Club 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 Korero Club on Thursdays at 10.30am.

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

Hamilton

Waikato Korero Club

The Waikato Korero 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 Korero Club

A weekly group for people with aphasia on Wednesday afternoons, held in Tauranga South. The Tauranga Korero 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 Korero 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 for those affected by aphasia in and near the Kapiti/Paraparaumu areas. People from Wellington City are welcome too. Group currently on hold: check back soon for updates.

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

Wellington

Meetings are held in Johnsonville on the first Wednesday of the month (support group meeting with a guest speaker and/or topic) and on the third Wednesday of the month (Korero Club). Meetings start at 10.15am. Group currently on hold: check back soon for updates.

For more information email wellington@aphasia.org.nz

Christchurch

Weekly on Mondays, alternating between coffee and conversation and Aphasia Speaks Christchurch (Korero Club). Meetings are held in Papanui.

There is also a new Korero Club starting in St Martinsmore details to come.

Kirsten Drayton facilitates Aphasia Speaks Christchurchcontact her for details.  For more information about other Christchurch activities, email christchurch@aphasia.org.nz

Dunedin

The Dunedin Korero 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 Facebook – 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

Communication Group

Email tauranga@aphasia.org.nz for more information.

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 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 try to make arrangements to get meetings and a network up and running.