Seating To Go Celebrate 20 Years!

18 April 2017

This year Seating To Go celebrates 20 years of providing New Zealanders with specialist wheelchair and seating services.

To mark this significant milestone, we will be holding a 20 year Anniversary Charity Ball on Friday 14th July at the Wintec Atrium in Hamilton, as well as hosting the inaugural Oceania Seating Symposium (OSS) in Rotorua in November.

The charity ball will be an opportunity for staff and their friends and family, key stakeholders, and clients to come together for a night of fun and laughter, while recognising the journey from our start in a garage in Ngaruawahia to where we are now, the collaborations and innovations we have discovered along the way with the various people and organisations we work with.

A fundraising component will also be incorporated into the event, with a silent auction being held on the night and all proceeds from ticket sales going towards Parafed Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and CCS Disability Action Waikato and Bay of Plenty; organisations with which Seating To Go share a close affiliation.

The OSS will be the second big event in our birthday celebrations, with hundreds of wheelchair and seating professionals from around the world coming together for the inaugural event.

An array of international guests are confirmed to speak at the conference and over 90 abstracts have been submitted for approval. With tonnes of interest in the event so far, the conference is looking as though it will be a huge success.

Early Bird registrations for the OSS are available online through the official event website, and ticket details for the 20 year Anniversary Charity Ball will become available in May. For more information, see below.


20 year Anniversary Charity Ball –

New Zealand to host the inaugural Oceania Seating Symposium

1 March 2017

New Zealand is set to welcome guests from all over the world for the first ever Oceania Seating Symposium (OSS) in November this year.

Focusing on wheeled mobility, seating and postural management, the OSS will be held from 20 – 22 November 2017 at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua – the tourism capital of New Zealand.

It will be hosted by local North Island specialist wheelchair and seating assessment, repair and training service, Seating To Go; with the support of the International Seating Symposium, Vancouver (ISS) and will alternate between New Zealand and Australia every two years.

“We are very excited to be hosting the inaugural event,” says Seating To Go Managing Director and Occupational Therapist, Debbie Wilson.

“This year marks Seating To Go’s 20th anniversary and as part of our celebrations we wanted to invite speakers from ISS to New Zealand to visit and lecture at a small national conference. I didn’t expect the idea to develop into what it is today but we are very excited to partner with ISS and host an international symposium over on this side of the world.”

The theme of the symposium is Mauriora: Empowerment, control and choice – reflecting a commitment to improving participation and well-being among people with disabilities by coming together to advance and share knowledge, practice and innovations.

An array of international guests are already confirmed to speak at the event including key note speaker Rachel Callander, author and photographer of ‘Super Power Baby Project’; a book dedicated to depicting ordinary families being made extraordinary through the journeys their children are taking them on.

Other speakers confirmed to present at the event are Ginny Paleg, Bonnie Sawatzky, Maureen Story and Kelly Waugh, with event organisers also encouraging other professionals to contribute and submit abstracts before submissions close on 31 March.

“As well as abstract submissions coming in from around the world, we are also very keen to have a strong Kiwi presence at the OSS,” says Wilson.

“I have attended numerous seating symposiums and conferences overseas and am always left feeling affirmed because a lot of what is spoken about, such as credentialing for wheelchair assessors, peer-based wheelchair skills training groups, and early power mobility for children are well established in New Zealand.”

“The OSS is a great opportunity for us to share what we do with the rest of the world, taking evidence and research into practice.”

Presentations related to wheeled mobility, seating and postural management are all welcome; including innovative models of service delivery, research findings, outcomes and evidence based practice, advances in technology, policy and advocacy.

Early Bird registration for the inaugural OSS are now open on the event website and call for abstracts will be closing on 31 March.

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For further information contact:

Kayla Wilson

Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Seating To Go

Ph: 07 848 1825


Mango Tree Centre for Disabilities, Tonga

September 2016

This month Scott MacDonald (technician) and Sandie Grant (wheelchair and seating therapist) have joined Sue and Shamus Fairhall from the Altus Trust to work alongside the Mango Tree Centre for People with Disabilities in Tonga providing wheelchairs and seating. Deb Wilson had visited earlier in the year and met people in their homes with key worker, Lofi. Whilst the centre has a great set up in terms of a workshop and assessment rooms,equipment is difficult to access.  Many thanks to Enable New Zealand and Accessable, Melrose Wheelchairs, Medifab, C 1 South, and Ebos for donating equipment this year. Also thanks to Artie Jones from Ngatea whose generous donation allowed us to buy much needed tyres and tubes.

Oceania Seating Symposium

Seating To Go will be hosting the inaugural Oceania Seating Symposium in conjunction with the International Seating Symposium in Rotorua, 20th-22nd November 2017. The Oceania Seating Symposium will alternate between New Zealand and Australia every two years. 2017 is Seating To Go's 20 year anniversary and what better way to celebrate than bringing people together to share and develop knowledge, innovations and skills. For all information go to the website.