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Alofa Foalima
July 26, 2015

My name is Alan Brewer and I live at Olsen house in Hillsborough. I came to Spectrum Care from another organisation called Matea Trust in June 2008.

I live with four other people and have shared duties in the house like vacuuming and hanging out the washing.

I work five days a week. I spend two days a week at Workforce1 untangling the headphones for airlines, so you can all listen to your movies when you fly overseas. The other three days, I attend The Mall where I learn work skills. I enjoy keeping busy and earning money so that I can spend it on things like magazines and lollies.

I have other hobbies like listening to my stereo and I have a huge collection of CDs. I also have an interest in Maori culture and often listen to my Maori CDs.

I get books from the library about bone and jade carving and, one day, I’d like to learn to do this for myself. My dream is to get a ‘ta moko’ on my shoulder, once my Mum is happy with that idea!

I’m very close to my family and it’s a big one. I spend a lot of time with my Mum and stepdad, and I stay with them (and my sister Megan and brother Conin) on weekends. Last weekend, we went to an Elvis concert at Tui Glen Park which was awesome. In a couple of weeks’ time, my Mum and I will be going to a camp for people with Williams Syndrome2 in Ngaruwahia. The camp is a chance to catch up and have fun with people who have similar experiences and skills as my own – I can’t wait!


  1. Workforce Personnel is the Supported Employment division of Workforce Auckland Incorporated is an enterprise and provides employment options for disabled Aucklanders. Workforce Personnel assesses people to determine their work skill ability then will develop individualised programmes of supported employment, taking people with an intellectual disability into the ordinary workforce.
  2. Williams syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder estimated to occur in 1/7500 births. It is characterised by a distinctive, ‘elfin’ facial appearance, along with a low nasal bridge; an unusually cheerful demeanour and ease with strangers; learning disability coupled with unusual language skills; a love for music; and cardiovascular problems, such as supravalvular aortic stenosis and transient hypercalcaemia.