Te Tuhi Cafe was Aotearoa, New Zealand’s first training cafe for adults with intellectual disabilities, opening in 2020. It is in partnership with Te Tuhi Art Gallery, Rescare Homes Trust, and the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland.  The cafe provides in-house training which focuses on supporting people in obtaining employment. Te Tuhi also wanted to provide a space where people, irrespective of disability, have an accessible space to have a coffee and meet up with friends. This focus on accessibility saw them nominated for two awards in the Assisiblity Business Awards run by Accessibility Matters.

While Te Tuhi has employed some trainees post their training, trainees have also found employment in other local cafes and industries, and some have even started their own businesses.  Te Tuhi is also known for its Annual Christmas market, which celebrates disabled people and the products they make. Special Gifts is always excited to be part of this celebration. 

This is the first place I have worked where my Autism has not gotten in the way. They get it.
Trainee and Employee
Te Tuhi cafe

Partnership with Special Gifts

Suzanne and Katrina were part of the original team that worked with Te Tuhi Art Gallery to get the training cafe off the ground. It was in conversation with some of the trainees, who had identified that they wanted to start their own business, that the seed of Special Gifts was born. The trainee discussed starting his own business but was unsure how to market his products. Now he does not have to worry, as the team at Special Gifts will help him free of charge. As well as this initial support for Te Tuhi, Special Gifts is excited to be able to offer one free coffee at Te Tuhi in  many of its Auckland-based boxes, so we can encourage more people to head out to Pakuranga for great coffee and service. 

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