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DPA's Information Exchange - 3 July 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

IMM report launched

On Tuesday the Independent Monitoring Mechanism's (IMM) third status report on disability rights in New Zealand, 'Making Disability Rights Real' was launched.

(You can watch a recording of the launch on YouTube)

The report finds that New Zealand has a mixed record when it comes to the rights of disabled people. Although we do some things well, there is still a great deal of work required to remove barriers stopping disabled people from participating in society on an equal basis. The report also highlights the experience of disabled Māori and Pacific peoples.

The IMM have identified six key themes that must be prioritised to ensure the realisation of the fundamental rights set out in the Disability Convention in New Zealand: 

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Seclusion and restraint
  • Data
  • Access to information and communication
  • Employment.

Of these, education, housing and seclusion and restraint are identified as in need of immediate action.

In education, the key recommendations are the introduction of an enforceable right to inclusive education, there are resources available to achieve equitable access, and co-design (accessibility for all) is built into every stage of the education reform process.

The report also recommends that laws are created to make sure newly built houses meet universal design standards.

For seclusion and restraint, the report recommends strengthening the commitment to limiting the use of restraint on people with disabilities, and rapidly reducing and eliminating seclusion in secure health and disability facilities, through robust, achievable and timely policies.

These key themes indicate a wider disparity between disabled people and their non-disabled peers. The report notes that improvements in these areas will have significant positive effects on disabled people’s lives.

The IMM conducted a survey of disabled people and their supporters, and held public hui to inform the report. 

The IMM will be publishing a separate report on the experiences of disabled people during Covid-19 lockdown later this year.

Read the report:
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in English (Word Doc 7.35 MB)

Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in English (PDF 13.35 MB)

Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in Easy Read (PDF 1.59MB)

Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in large print (Word Doc 7.35 MB)
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in te reo Māori (Word Doc 4.57 MB)
Video and audio versions: 

Making Disability Rights Real (audio files) - YouTube

Making Disability Rights Real (New Zealand Sign Language) - YouTube

About the Independent Monitoring Mechanism

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is the overarching human rights document for disabled people. It reaffirms that all disabled people with all types of impairments must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The New Zealand Government showed its commitment by ratifying the UNCRPD in 2008.

To help monitor the implementation of the UNCRPD in New Zealand, a mechanism or group of agencies, the 'Independent Monitoring Mechanism' (IMM), was set up to monitor and report on the Government’s performance. This group is made up of the Human Rights Commission; the Ombudsman and the DPO Coalition.

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.


DPA Bubble Hui - tomorrow

Join us in discussing the IMM Report launch, the Health and Disability System Review Report and the upcoming election - what would you like to hear about from candidates?

When: Tomorrow, Saturday 4 July

What time: 3.00pm  – 5.00pm

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

This will be our sixth Bubble Hui. We've decided to stick to the name Bubble Hui for our online hui for now despite no longer being in our bubbles in lockdown - because the hui on Zoom have been a great success, we think keeping the name acknowledges how they started, and because we've come to see the "Bubble" as representing the online space where DPA members come together to share their thoughts. 

(As an aside - this Otago University news story tells the story of how Tristram Ingham came up with the 'bubble' concept while part of the Covid-19 Disability Sector Response team)

-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.

If you are a member - remember you'll need to have renewed your membership. See the item below.


DPA membership renewal reminder

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their membership!

DPA membership runs for the financial year from 1 July to the next 30 June and membership renewal reminder emails were sent out yesterday. If you didn't receive one, renewing is really simple – you just need to fill in your name and email address on our renewal form and your membership will be renewed.

Please note, if you joined DPA within the last quarter of the last financial year (eg. after April 1) you won't have been sent a reminder and you don't need to renew as your membership will have automatically been set to be current until June 30 2021. 

If you aren't yet a member, now is a great time to join - membership is now free for individuals and families!

The majority of DPA members are disabled people. But other people, families and organisations also contribute their time, energy and expertise as DPA members. Over the last year the support and engagement from our membership has been fantastic.

Full members (Individual on the membership form) have the right to vote in DPA activities. All disabled people are entitled to full membership rights. All other individuals (our allies!) are Associate members.

When a member of your family has an impairment, and is under the age of 18 years, your family is entitled Full membership.  All other families are Associate members.

You can join DPA by filling in our membership form.


Cyber Bullying and the Law for the Deaf Community - ADL

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) are running a series of free online legal education sessions.  These Cyber Bullying and the Law sessions are designed for members of the Deaf Community who are NZSL users - NZSL interpreters are provided. The sessions will cover cyber bullying law, where to get help, and what to do if you are experiencing cyber bullying.

(Cyber Bullying and the Law for the wider disability community will be back in September 2020 - we'll let you know when session dates are out and registrations are open)
Spaces are limited, so register now.
Thursday 23 July 2020, 10am – 11am
Register by 16 July 2020
Wednesday 5 August 2020, 6pm – 7pm
Register by 29 July 2020
To register send your name, email address, mobile number, where you live, and date of the session you want to attend.  Please text 027 457 5140 or email
Zoom and Access Needs

  • These sessions will be delivered by video call on Zoom. You can access Zoom on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer.
  • There will be a handout for this session. This will be sent to you before the session.
  • Please let ADL know if you have any other access needs.

'How is life going for the disability community' ODI survey

The fourth round of the “How life is going for the disability community” survey being run by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is now online and open until July 13.

The survey is to hear about the issues and risks being experienced by disabled people and their whānau/families in the Covid-19 environment.

For more information and to take the survey (in either standard English, Easy Read or NZSL) go to the ODI website.

If you would like someone to go through the survey with you over the telephone please let us know - send us a message, email or leave a message on our answer phone 04 801 9100, and we will get back to you.

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