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DPA's Information Exchange - 27 November 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

DPA AGM 2020 tomorrow 

We hope to see you at our National Annual General Meeting tomorrow, Saturday 28 November 11am- 12.30pm.

As previously notified, this year due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, the AGM will be held online.

The Zoom link for the AGM is

Meeting ID: 849 5496 4974. If you are calling in from a phone, please use 04 886 0026 or 09 884 6780 and then 84954964974# when it asks for the meeting ID.




Formal business session including: 


-Minutes of the previous AGM 

-Annual Report 

-Annual Accounts and Auditor’s report  

-Appointment of Auditors 

-Election of Officers - results 

Assembly Closes 


Disabling barriers to maternity care - share your experience 

DPA is working with Imagine Better and 3District Health Board - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB – (3DHB) on a project about the maternity experiences of disabled women, and women who have babies born with impairments.

This is an opportunity to contribute towards improving the delivery of maternity services in Wellington, Wairapapa and the Hutt Valley.

We would like to talk to women who have had experience using the 3DHB’s maternity services.
We are looking for women who:

  • Have physical, sensory, learning impairments and/or mental illness;
  • Have used or are planning to use maternity services in Wellington, Hutt Valley or Wairapapa;
  • Are currently pregnant, have recently had their baby, or gave birth to their child within the last 10 years.

Angela Desmarais will be doing the interviews with disabled women. If you are interested, please get in touch with her on, phone: 022 238 5811.

You can find out more about the project in the Information Sheet.(Word doc)


Proposal to phase out single-use plastics, including straws - have your say

Following the successful plastic shopping bag ban, the Government is proposing to phase-out more single-use and hard-to-recycle plastic items. 

Seven single-use items - selected using criteria including environmental harm, sustainable alternatives and international trends - have been identified for proposed phase-out:

The proposed products are:

  • single-use plastic bags
  • tableware (e.g. plastic plates, bowls, cutlery)
  • non-compostable produce stickers
  • drink stirrers
  • some single-use cups and lids 
  • plastic cotton buds
  • plastic straws.

The Government is also proposing to phase-out all:

  • PVC food and beverage packaging
  • polystyrene food and beverage packaging
  • other expanded polystyrene packaging
  • oxo-degradable plastic products

The Ministry for the Environment  have put out alternative resources to make a submission on the proposed phase out of some single use plastics:

  • summary consultation document turning 74 pages into 8, with new infographics
  • summary/ promo video describing the consultation
  • new consultation tool (citizen space). This tool will run alongside the existing, long-form submissions tool for this consultation. It provides a way to quickly give feedback on the key questions without being buried in the detail.
People who want to fill in the more substantive consultation tool can still do so, or to send their more detailed written submissions via email or post.

You can also find more information about the consultation on the Ministry for the Environment website.

The public consultation process ends on 4 December. 
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