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DPA's Information Exchange - 1 August 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

Monthly Bubble Hui

DPA Bubble Hui will now be held monthly - alternating between Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The next hui is next Thursday 6 August 5pm-6.30pm.

If you haven't joined before - our Bubble Hui are online hui held via Zoom and DPA members from around the country are invited. An email invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting is sent out to members on the morning of the hui.

Bubble Hui dates for the rest of the year:

Thursday 6 August - 5pm-6.30pm
Saturday 5 September - 3pm-5.30pm
Thursday 1 October - 5pm-6.30pm
Saturday 7 November - 3pm-5.30pm
Thursday 3 December - 5pm-6.30pm

-NZSL interpreters will be present at these events

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 to check.


Farewelling Ruth Dyson


Hon Ruth Dyson is retiring from Parliament after 27 years service. 

Her valedictory speech will be on Tuesday 5 August at 5.35 p.m. It is anticipated that there will be many from the disabled community in the gallery - attending to honour the contribution she made to disability issues. It will also be broadcast on Parliament TV.

Ruth Dyson was the first Disability Issues spokesperson and in 1999 became the first Minister for Disability Issues.

"We had a minister for [horse] racing but we didn't have anyone sitting around the cabinet table advocating for disabled people. For me that was a big gap" - Ruth Dyson in a interview

She established the Office for Disability Issues, which was followed two years later by the publication of the New Zealand Disability Strategy. 

In 2004 she introduced the New Zealand Sign Language bill, which passed in 2006 making NZSL New Zealand's third official language. 

Following New Zealand's pivotal role in the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in 2007 she signed the convention on behalf of the New Zealand Government alongside then DPA CEO Gary Williams. The UNCRPD was ratified by New Zealand in 2008.


Disabled people and disasters survey

You are invited to take part in a survey that will be used to develop recommendations to give to people who implement disaster risk reduction projects in Asia and the Pacific.

The 10 minute online survey is anonymous and aims to understand whether and how disabled people in Asia and the Pacific are involved in disaster risk reduction, and what factors can help or hinder. You will be asked about your biggest concerns and recommendations in relation to disasters.  

The consultation has been funded by the Australian Government and implemented by International Disability Alliance, Pacific Disability Forum and CBM Australia.

Take the survey


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


Vacancy reminder - DPO Coalition Secretariat

The deadline for applications for this position has been extended to next Wednesday 12 August.

Secretariat to Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition
Contract Position
The DPO Coalition has an exciting new opportunity available for an exceptional person to support us. The secretariat will provide a full range of administrative and executive support, to the DPO Coalition and DPO Managers.  This role will be demanding, challenging and rewarding. If you live outside Wellington, some travel may be required.
Person Specification and Position Competencies
  • minimum of three years working in an environment undertaking a similar role (experience may be in a voluntary or paid position);
  • 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 (Word Doc).
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
Applications close noon, Wednesday 12 August 2020.

The DPO Coalition comprises: Blind Citizens NZ, Balance Aotearoa, Deaf Aotearoa, DPA, Kāpo Māori O Aotearoa, Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand, People First NZ.


Vacancy - Financial Administrator (Enabling Good Lives)

The primary purpose of this position is to provide a high level of financial support to the Enabling Good Lives team. This will include management and development of the financial data, maintaining consistency, accuracy, timeliness and ensuring data security.

This is a part-time position based in Hamilton.

To find out more and to apply visit the Ministry of Social Development website


Vacancy - Senior Advisor Census Accessibility

Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa are recruiting for a Senior Advisor - Census Accessibility, 2023 Census.

This new role will be focused on identifying barriers to participation and opportunities to enable access, then leading the development and implementation of solutions.

The advisor will identify insights, recommend approaches, requirements and solutions for people in New Zealand who use assistive technology and communication formats.

Please note that while the position advertisement says it is Wellington based, Stats NZ are open to any location to get the right person.

To find out more about the role and to apply visit the Stats NZ website

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