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The work we do is life-changing. As a registered charity operating as a not-for-profit, we aim to keep our fees and costs to a minimum in an effort to make cochlear implant technology accessible to as many people as possible.

Because demand often exceeds Whaikaha (Ministry of Disabled People) funding, we look to fundraising and charitable donations to help those in real need.

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Congratulations to our 2024 SHCT Scholarship Winner Jessica Haigh

Every year, with the support of our partner Forsyth Barr, the Southern Hearing Charitable Trust awards a $5000 scholarship to a cochlear implant recipient about to enter tertiary education. This year, a huge congratulations to the Southern Hearing Charitable Trust (SHCT) Scholarship Award Winner Jessica Haigh. Jessica is studying a Diploma in Scenic Construction &…

Farewell and Thank You to Jill Mustard

Farewell and thank you to long-serving SCIP Clinical Manager Jill Mustard After an interesting and fulfilling career, SCIP’s longest serving employee, Clinical Manager Jill Mustard, is retiring soon. A mantra Jill has followed in her career, and one she recommends to everyone, is to say “yes” to opportunities that present themselves in life. For her…

Autumn 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter, our first for 2024, which is now available for viewing and download. We hope everyone finds something useful in this edition.  

Two SCIP patients are media stars for International Cochlear Implant Day

Two SCIP patients were great advocates for this life-changing technology in the media for International Cochlear Implant Day on February 25. Dr Amanda Kvalsvig was an amazing ambassador for cochlear implants during an interview with Jim Mora on his Sunday show on Radio New Zealand. The link to the interview is on RNZ’s website and…

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When Zak Dawson-Ropata was 15 months old, he became the first child of Deaf parents to get a cochlear implant in New Zealand.Zak is now 19 and his nine-year old brother Max has bilateral cochlear implants. Fourteen-year-old sister Abby is also a child of deaf adults (CODA) but has normal hearing. The Dawson-Ropata family communicate with New Zealand Sign Language between the parents and children, while the siblings speak among themselves. Lisa, mum to Zac, Abby and Max, recalls a cochlear implant being mentioned as one of the options for Zak after his newborn screening test showed he was profoundly deaf. Cochlear implants were new technology for Lisa and husband Darren, and they researched it.“It was a difficult decision for us to make and I didn’t know how that would affect the deaf community, and us as well, because we were going to be the first deaf family in New Zealand to get a cochlear implant,” Lisa says.“My general approach to that is that I’m being positive for my child and I’m trying to look at my child’s future,” Lisa says. We wanted Zak to get access to both worlds – the hearing and the deaf world – – because we had experienced all those barriers. We wanted what was best for Zak’s future,” Lisa says.Thank you to the Zak Dawson-Ropata family, who generously shared their story in our Autumn newsletter. You can read the full story here: Zak and Max Dawson-RopataPhotography: Liz Robson Distant Sea Film and Photography ... See MoreSee Less
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Pub Charity has been supporting hundreds of community organisations all over New Zealand for 30 years, and recently, we were thrilled to receive a $25,000 grant.This grant will help us make an immediate difference in the lives of those struggling with profound hearing loss. We are so grateful to the generous organisations that help us make cochlear implant technology more available and provide ongoing support. If you would like to donate to SCIP and give the gift of sound, or you’d like to know more, we’d welcome your call. Please contact Belinda van der Monde (Community Relationship Manager) – or visit our website ... See MoreSee Less
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