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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 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 ...

Eight years on, the Select Committee report into disability services

Sam Murray, our National Policy Coordinator, reports on progress made since the Social Services Select Committee report of 2008. In 2008 there was a major report into services for disabled people. The report was by the Social Services Select Committee, which is a group of Members of Parliament. The Select Committee found that government departments ...

The Evidence Based Approach to a Fairer Society

Roger Loveless reflects on the Measuring Accessible Journeys project, MAJ, as he retires from his role as Access Coordinator. When I initially floated the idea that the disability sector, including CCS Disability Action, needed to work within society’s accepted infrastructure asset management systems and apply them to improving access, it was met with considerable scepticism. ...

Join the Conversation

CCS Disability Action Team Leader Sue Sherrard explains why she thinks this year’s consultation on the New Zealand’s Disability Action Strategy is worthwhile. As many of you may know the New Zealand Disability Strategy (NZDS) of 2001 is currently being reviewed.  This needs to be seen as an opportunity for disabled people and whānau to ...

Paul Gibson – 21 March, a day of human rights

Paul Gibson, Disability Commissioner, talks about World Down Syndrome Day and the importance of coming together to advocate for the human rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome. I want to paint a picture of some neat recent events: A stunningly dressed couple smile on their wedding day with the Christchurch cardboard ...