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If you tolerate this….

In previous research, disabled people have said that the biggest barrier to finding a job is not getting an interview. People thought this was due to them saying they had an impairment. Clint talked about this in his blog. A person in the research said: “Only interviews I have had are the ones where I ...

A Whole New Attitude

Aucklander Ezekiel Robson juggles a number of roles and responsibilities. He’s the Auckland Coordinator for Disabled Persons Assembly, a Be. Leadership Graduate, Auckland Programme Manager for the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust, Chairperson of Counties Manukau DHB’s Disability Advisory Group and much, much more! He explains why he’s put his name into the hat for the ...

The need to vote

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari talks about the importance of voting in local elections. There are many cynical views about democracy. Essentially democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally – either directly or through elected representatives – in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. Sometimes, even when ...

What’s happening to my dream!

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari is back to talk about disability, civil rights and dreams denied. Today marks 50 years since the historical March on Washington where Dr Martin Luther King gave his ““I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was a challenge to the politics of exclusion and segregation. A key part of ...

I am here

In November 2012, we released research into the lived experience of disabled people with high and complex support needs called “I am here” The Article 19 Project – Finding a place for the life stories of disabled people. Our concern was that people with high and complex support needs were at the most risk of ...

Welfare Reform; Real change or tilting at windmills?

We have been a little quiet on welfare reform recently, apart from a release on Allowances last week. This is because we have been carefully watching and analysing the changes. The recent reforms are significant, but perhaps not as much as first thought. Changing names and bringing in work obligations will not get more people ...

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Week

I just want to acknowledge the Niho Tupu whanau for their incredible contribution to the blog this week celebrating Maaori Language Week. Their work reminds us that it takes work and aroha (love) to nurture something so precious as te reo Maaori. No reira, nga mihi ki a koutou katoa Tena koutou e te Whanau ...

Disabled people count

Gerri and Roger have been busy working on a new project. A project that is sure to shake up how we count and respond to people with access needs. You may remember Roger talking about the need for more data. Well, we decided to give the government a hand, by showing them how to do ...

Stand up for your rights

Disability Partnership Leader, Peter Wilson, returns to take a hard look at the new Paid Family Carers Bill. He wonders whether the Bill reflects how society sees disability and disabled people. The recent Paid Family Carers Bill has caused a lot of controversy. The Bill allows a limited number of disabled people with high needs ...

Accessible and affordable housing

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari returns to talk about the importance of accessible and affordable housing and the cost of exclusion. In recent years, the price of housing has become a real source of concern. For most of the 90’s and 00’s house prices increased faster than inflation. As a result housing ownership is declining ...