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DPA's Information Exchange - 8 August 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

Election Forums - Updated information

DPA has been collaborating with various other organisations around the country to organise Election Forums - meetings focused on disability issues where you can hear from candidates and ask questions.

A few weeks ago we sent out some information about the forums, we have now updated some details, and will continue to update them on our website: 2020 Election Forums, enrolling to vote, accessible information and more

Christchurch Election Forum

When: August 22, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch

Waikato Election Forum

When: August 24, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ, 15 Liverpool Street, Hamilton

Wellington Election Forum

When: 26 August, 4pm
Where: Wharewaka Function Centre, Taranaki Wharf, 2 Taranaki Street, (waterfront) Wellington

The candidates on the panel are Greens leader Marama Davidson, Alfred Ngaro from National, Labour’s Greg O’Connor, Erika Harvey from New Zealand First and Simon Court from ACT.

Our six areas of focus for this election are education, housing, employment, the health and disability review and proposed restructure of disability support services, improving wellbeing for disabled people and welfare reform and ensuring infrastructure and transport is accessible for disabled people in the COVID recovery.

Please register to attend or for details of the livestream event

This event is hosted in partnership: DPA, CCS Disability Action, IHC, Deaf Aotearoa, NZDSN and People First

Auckland Election Forum

When: 29 August 2010, 1-3 pm
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Recreation Centre, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Auckland

(Read the Easy Read version of this invitation)

My Voice Matters is holding an election forum in Auckland to inform you on disability issues before the General Election. NZSL interpreters will be there. The event will also be live streamed.

Please register to attend the event in person or online.

We will be joined on the panel by Minister Carmel Sepuloni from New Zealand Labour Party, Ms Golriz Ghahraman MP from Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, Mr David Seymour MP from ACT, Hon Maggie Barry MP from NZ National Party, and Mr Robert Gore from New Zealand First.

The candidates will be asked a range of disability-related questions on topics like housing, education, employment, transport, accessibility laws, and the health and disability review. The forum will be followed by light refreshments.

This event is a My Voice Matters New Zealand collaboration with Blind Citizens NZ, Blind Low Vision NZ, CCS Disability Action, Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand, Complex Care Group, Deaf Aotearoa, Disability Connect, Disabled Persons Assembly NZ - DPA, Epic Studios, Lifewise, Manawanui, The Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ, New Zealand Disability Support Network - NZDSN, People First New Zealand, Vaka Tautua and YES Disability Resource Centre.

Dunedin Election Forum

When: 8 September,  6-8 pm
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Rooms, 458 Hillside Road, South Dunedin


Minister Genter's response to the Open Letter for Disability Justice in Climate Action

Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter  has responded to a letter sent by DPA drawing her attention to our Open Letter calling for all infrastructure projects, including green infrastructure and transport, to be fully accessible and uphold the rights of disabled people.

The letter was signed by a range of leading climate and justice organisations, including 350 Aotearoa, Oxfam, Greenpeace, OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council after DPA and Sustained Ability gained their support for making the climate movement more inclusive and accessible.

Minister Genter has replied acknowledging the concerns raised and giving reassurance that all infrastructure projects that require Cabinet approval must explicitly consider the impacts any proposals will have on disabled people:

Tēnā koe e Prudence, 

Thank you for your email of 1 July 2020 regarding the need to ensure that all infrastructure projects are fully accessible and uphold the rights of disabled people. I have read the letter you attached to your email, and I acknowledge the signatories to this letter.

I understand your concerns with the development of the Accessible Streets package. Given the potential impact of the Accessible Streets proposals on disabled people, Waka Kotahi has undertaken targeted engagement with disability organisations following public consultation on the proposals earlier this year. Officials also ensured that consultation materials were accessible to a wide range of people (available in braille, easy read, large print, audio format and sign language).

I have also asked transport officials to prepare a disability impact assessment following consultation. I expect to receive advice on matters relevant to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of this assessment. This will be informed by feedback from disabled people and their representative organisations during the consultation process. The aim is to ensure that disabled people’s feedback is appropriately incorporated and any identified risks are minimised.

I understand the need to ensure that all infrastructure projects are fully accessible and uphold the rights of disabled people, particularly when the purpose of these is to combat climate change. I can reassure you that all infrastructure projects that require Cabinet approval must explicitly consider the impacts any proposals will have on disabled people. Completing disability impact assessments is also becoming more prevalent as part of Regulatory Impact Assessments, which government departments must complete if regulatory changes are being proposed.

I have passed on your correspondence to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency who is usually responsible for leading the implementation of transport infrastructure projects.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Nāku noa, nā

Hon Julie Anne Genter
Associate Minister of Transport


Travel survey - short and quick!

During Covid-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4, transport researcher and DPA Associate Member Bridget Burdett surveyed 220 people about how often they left their home and property.

You can read about her findings from that survey and previous in-person interviews in her Linkedin article. You may also remember that we shared on Facebook email confirmation that she got from NZTA that people with mobility impairments could officially go for a 'recreational drive' in Alert Level 3.

She is now repeating the survey, to see whether there are differences in 'normal' rates of leaving home, in a 'normal' month. She's particularly interested in the travel of disabled people compared to people without impairments, so please feel free to share with your friends and whānau.

The survey will be open from 6 to 20 August 2020 and Bridget will share the results once they are in.

Take the two minute travel survey for New Zealanders


Cyber Bullying and the Law - free legal education series

Register now for Auckland Disability Law’s (ADL) next free legal education series on Zoom. This introductory session will cover cyber bullying law and where to get help.

ADL’s Cyber Bullying and the Law series is designed for disabled people and supporters. The session is repeated, so please only book one date per person. To register or for more information, email, or text 027 457 5140, or call 09 257 5140.

Cyber Bullying and the Law Series 2020

Tuesday 22 September 2020, 10am – 11am
Register by 15 September 2020

Thursday 8 October 2020, 2pm – 3pm
Register by 1 October 2020

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 6pm – 7pm
Register by 14 October 2020



Reminder: Vacancy - DPA Auckland Kaituitui

Auckland Kaituitui

Fixed Term to August 2022

The Disabled Person’s Assembly of New Zealand is a membership based pan-impairment Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO), our governance and staff members are predominantly disabled people.

We have a vision of a society that provides equity and maximum opportunity for all people. Our work includes promoting opportunities for participation by disabled people, working with communities, and giving advice to local and national government. We work within a human rights framework and in particular we honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Due to a staff promotion to a project we are seeking a Kaituitui based in Auckland for a fixed term until August 2022. The purpose of the position is to lead disability rights initiatives and represent the Disabled Persons Assembly of New Zealand (DPA) in the region. You will be working for 8 hours per week from home and in the community.

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • Lived experience as a disabled person and within the local disability community
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working with diverse needs and opinions

Some of your day to day functions will include:

  • Establishing effective relationships with the local disability community
  • Promoting a disability rights approach with regional Government, local Government, community agencies and key stakeholders
  • Promoting a wide understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Partnering with like-minded community individuals and groups to promote the work of DPA
  • Providing regional input into DPA policy advice to ensure that the voice of the local disability community is heard
  • Achieving practical gains that positively impact on the lives of disabled Aucklanders
  • Complete fortnightly reports summarising the work done by the Kaituitui

To apply for this role or for more information please contact our Chief Executive Prudence Walker on email or phone/ txt 04 801 9100 or 021 546 006. Your application should include a cover letter and a CV.

DPA are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone. If you require an alternative method of application, please let us know.

Applications close Sunday 9 August 2020

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