Toria Newman

Toria and Skip.

Hi there. I am Toria from New Zealand. I have Cerebral Palsy and so I live a different kind of life than many other people in my community. When I was very young, the doctors did not expect me to live past the age of 18. Yet I am now 68 years of age. During my first ten years, I spent most of my time in hospital, and only spent short periods of time at home with my family. In hospital, I learned to walk and become independent enough, that I could live at home permanently.

My life journey has been both full and rich, with good times and bad times. Sometimes I haven't been able to see the big picture and at other times, I have taken totally the wrong path. Yet I can see the hand of God, with his wisdom and his direction that has led me this far. In 1981, I had a heart attack. I died.. While on my journey to heaven, I was instructed to return as there was something that l needed to do. I was so intrigued and anxious to know what that "something" might be, that I wanted to come back.

As soon as I was able to breathe again, I wanted to go outside and smell the flowers. Yes, I had a new appreciation of the many things in life that we often take for granted. I was also determined to live life to the full and do new things. In 1996, I went to Waikato University and gained an Honors Degree in History and Spanish Language and in 2014, I wrote and published my first novel, The Chrysalis - Robin's Story.


Gussy Newman

Toria’s assistant

Gussy is 13 years old and has been manager of our meet and greet services for the last eight years. You may have been in touch with Gussy several times already and experienced the engaged and professional way he makes sure we all get the best service possible. Gussy is the face of our outrach to help all animals.


Ben Newman

Meet and greet.