View this email in your browser
Image of DPA logo which reads A whole New Attitude next door to the words Information Exchange

DPA's Information Exchange - 6 June 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

DPA 'Bubble' Hui 5 - June 8

The DPA National Executive Committee and Chief Executive Prudence Walker would like to invite you to our fifth 'Bubble' hui.

When: Monday 8 June

What time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Where: Zoom (all members will be emailed a link on the morning)

Our previous 'Bubble' hui have been held on Saturdays, however at our last 'Bubble' hui the group discussed when would be best to hold future hui and holding one on an evening during the week was suggested - so this time we are holding our hui on a Monday.

-NZSL interpreters will be present at this event
-This is a national event, members from around the country are invited to attend

Do you want to join in but are not a DPA member? Joining is easy and free – go to to sign up. Want to check your membership is current? Please email or message us on Facebook to check.

We look forward to seeing you there!


DPO Secretariat vacancy

The Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition is seeking a secretariat to support their work. The position is Wellington based and part time, around 60 hours per month with flexibility of hours required.

Secretariat to Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition

Contract Position - Wellington

The DPO Coalition has an exciting new opportunity available for an exceptional person to support us. This role will provide a full range of administrative and executive support, to the DPO Coalition and DPO Managers. This ground-breaking role will be demanding, challenging and rewarding.

Person Specification and Position Competencies

  • proven ability to anticipate and meet the needs of individuals and groups (DPO Coalition and stakeholders);
  • proven ability to provide the range of high level administrative skills required, including attention to detail, and a systematic and organised approach;
  • extensive knowledge and proven ability in the use of the Microsoft suite of products;
  • proven experience working with both hardware and software required to provide communications and information in accessible formats;
  • intuitively welcoming and inclusive of diversity;
  • website content management skills;
  • effective written and communication skills.

Full details are contained within the position description.

The DPO Coalition advocates and promotes respect for an understanding of human rights in New Zealand society.

We support equal employment opportunities and encourage disabled people to apply.

To express your interest in this role please, send your CV and covering letter to

To request a copy of the position description please email

Applications close 5pm, Friday 12 June 2020.

Interviews will happen during the week beginning 15th June 2020.

DPO Coalition members are: DPA, Blind Citizens NZ, People First NZ, Deaf Aotearoa, Kāpo Māori O Aotearoa, Balance Aotearoa and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand. The coalition work together under the UNCRPD, i.e. monitoring implementation of the Convention, and work with government agencies to advance implementation of the Convention.


Reproductive assistance research

Disabled people are being invite to take part in a Marsden-funded project exploring new family formation and assisted human reproduction: 

Do you identify as disabled and have experiences of IVF, IUI or DI? 
Do you have a story to share about using assisted reproductive technologies like IVF, surrogacy, egg freezing, sperm or egg donation? We would like to hear it!
We are conducting a project on the ways in which family formation is changing and would like to know how being disabled shapes access to these new forms of family creation. We are particularly interested in any challenges or difficulties you experienced as part of your reproductive journey, including not having children.
If you are interested in sharing your story, either in a one-to-one discussion, within a group or with members of your family, please contact us!
You can email the co-Principal Investigator for the project, Associate Professor Rhonda Shaw, at: 
(or) the Disability Studies researcher for the project, Henrietta Bollinger at:

This project aims to explore assisted reproduction and new family formation. Your participation will support this research to ensure that all people in New Zealand have equal access to reproductive technologies and are able to create families if they choose.

The research has been approved by the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee.

Download the recruitment flyer (Word doc)


Call for talent - Conversations With My Immigrant Parents podcast

Conversations With My Immigrant Parents is an RNZ podcast series where immigrant whānau have conversations they normally wouldn’t, crossing barriers of language, generation, and expectation.

The producers recently got the greenlight for a second series - so they are looking for more immigrant whānau to take part.

They would particularly love to hear from disabled people and their whānau - so if you are a migrant and disabled, or have a disabled family member, please think about taking part!

To find out more about the podcast series and to register your interest for your family to take part go to the Radio New Zealand website.

If this newsletter has been forwarded to you and you would like to receive the Information Exchange weekly, please subscribe here

You can read previous newsletters here.
DPA Facebook page
DPA website

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
DPA (NZ) Inc. · L4 173 Victoria St · Wellington, Wgntn 6011 · New Zealand

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp