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Walking my way

“Once  I was walking through my local shopping centre and a guy came up to me with that classic opening line, “What did you do to your leg?” “Nothing” I said, “I am an actor and I have landed the role of Quasimodo, I’m just practicing the walk.”   Walking my way by Brendan Murphy ...

To our future New Zealand Government

Ruth Jones (Chairperson for, Earthquake Disability Leadership Group or EDLG) has written an opinion piece asking the ‘future government of NZ ‘ what they will do to ensure accessibility is achieved in the regeneration of Canterbury. I am a business owner and employer, I am involved in several charities, I volunteer in my community, I am Ngāti ...

Politics’ straight from the horse’s mouth!

Nick Svensen, our Policy Analyst, shares his summary on the different political party policies in the lead up to the upcoming election. After encouraging people to self-research parties and policies in my last blog DIY Politics, ironically here I am trying to be the very middleman I warned against trusting! The message of it being better ...

2017 Election Party Response- The National Party

We asked the main political parties questions about disability issues. Here is the National Party’s response. Employment – our questions What would your party do to tackle barriers to employment for disabled people? How will your party ensure disabled people can access the same range of employment opportunities as non-disabled people? National’s answers: Getting more ...

2017 Election Party Response- The Labour Party

We asked the main political parties questions about disability issues. Here is the Labour Party’s response. We will post the responses as we get them. Employment – our questions What would your party do to tackle barriers to employment for disabled people? How will your party ensure disabled people can access the same range of ...

2017 Election Party Response- The Māori Party

We asked the main political parties questions about disability issues. Here is the Māori Party’s response. We will post the responses as we get them. Employment – our questions What would your party do to tackle barriers to employment for disabled people? How will your party ensure disabled people can access the same range of ...

DIY Politics

Nick Svensen, our Policy Analyst, shares and second-guesses his thoughts in the lead up to the upcoming election. For the upcoming election, I was asked to check out and summarise the party’s policies with a view to giving advice. That advice is: don’t (just) take it. Not because I’m 22, have only voted once and have no ...

2017 Election Party Response- The Green Party

We asked the main political parties questions about disability issues. Here is the Green Party’s response. We will post the responses as we get them. Employment – our first question What would your party do to tackle barriers to employment for disabled people? The Green Party’s answer: One of the biggest barriers to employment for ...

2017 Election Party Response- The United Future Party

We asked the main political parties questions about disability issues. Here is the United Future Party’s response. We will post the responses as we get them. Employment – our first question What will your party do to tackle barriers to employment for disabled people? The United Future Party’s answer: Support a campaign aimed at employers ...

The fight for the future

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, takes a look at whether we are truly prepared for our aging population. Professor Jonathan Boston warned us earlier this year about the perils of ignoring our long-term interests in politics. This is the case with the challenges and opportunities of our aging population. By 2028, Statistics New Zealand ...