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DPA's Information Exchange - 10 October 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

DPA AGM notice and agenda

Planning for the AGM has been affected by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and it has therefor now been decided that the AGM will be held online.  







11.00am to 12.30pm 

Saturday 28 November 2020 





Formal business session including: 


Minutes of the previous AGM 

Annual Report 

Annual Accounts and Auditor’s report  

Appointment of Auditors 

Remits (if any) 

Election of Officers - results 

Assembly Closes 

DPA members have been emailed a call for remits, nomination for life membership and nomination for NEC forms. 
(Please note the accompanying AGM notice emailed to members had the correct date of Saturday 28 November, however the attached agenda had the incorrect date of Saturday 30 November - apologies, human error!)

If you believe that you are a current member and you have not received the remit and nomination forms please contact DPA National Office – 04 801 9100 or email
If you are not a current DPA member it’s not too late to join now and take part in the DPA voting process, have a say on DPA policy and have a say on who the elected leaders of DPA are. 

If you have any questions or need any help with the process please contact us: 04 801 9100, 


DPA submission on smoke alarm standards

This week we made a submission to Standards New Zealand on the revision of the standard DZ 4514, Interconnected Smoke Alarms for Houses.

DPA supports the revision of the standard - which finally includes provisions for visual/tactile alerting for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.  In our view these changes are long overdue.

While we understand that Standards New Zealand have no influence over the Building Code, we will be approaching MBIE to make the sections of the Building Code which relate to this standard mandatory.

Read DPA's submission on DZ 4514, Interconnected Smoke Alarms for Houses


Regulation of Home and Community Support Services - online survey

The Ministry of Health is undertaking a two-phase consultation process to seek views from stakeholders on proposed regulation of the home and community support services in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The first phase in the consultation process includes an online survey which is open for completion until 30 Oct 2020. 

Feedback is sought from Government agencies, funders, audit agencies, providers and consumers.

For an overview of the proposed regulation and to take the survey go to the Ministry of Health consultation page.


Vacancies - People First Local Assistants

People First currently have vacancies for meeting assistants in Timaru, North Canterbury, Greymouth and Ashburton.

Each role is a paid, part-time position for five hours per month.

The assistants work alongside people with learning disabilities and:

  • Work within social inclusion framework
  • Promote equity and equality for all people
  • Share an understanding of working alongside to empower people
  • Have a passion to make a difference
  • Coach people to stand up for their rights
  • Encourage breaking the barrier to inclusion, choice and work
  • Be part of our dynamic team and cutting edge organisation

For more information including on how to apply, down load the job ad (Word Docs):

Timaru Local Assistant
North Canterbury Local Assistant
Ashburton Local Assistant
Greymouth Local Assistant


Vacancies - EGL Christchurch

Enabling Good Lives (EGL) Christchurch is expanding and so have several new positions currently available. All are full time, fixed term positions until September 2021.

Applications are particularly welcome from disabled people. See the following job ads on the Ministry of Health website for more details and to apply:


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