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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 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 ...

Is there greener grass across the “Ditch”?

David Matthews, CEO of CCS Disability Action, doesn’t think so, and explains why not. A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time in Queensland attending the CRU (Community Resource Unit) Conference entitled “Claiming a Positive Future: The Power of Possibilities” The conference was timed to coincide with the launch of the NDIS ...

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 ...

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 ...

Looking back on 2015; are we any clearer about the future?

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and as always it is a time for reflection and the making of New Year’s resolutions. Looking back on the year, the main questions for me are: Are we are any clearer now about the future shape of the disability sector than we were at the start ...

Natural support; choice versus obligation

There has been an ongoing push for people to use natural support more and paid support less, but is all natural support the same and is natural support always the best option for people? Natural support is the support people get from the unpaid relationships in their lives, their relationships with friends, family/whānau and people in ...

Choice and control in a time of limited resources – can it be used against the disability community?

Individualised Funding, and similar approaches, allow people more choice and control over their disability supports. Instead of people having to go to providers, who are directly-funded by the government, people control the funds themselves. They can choose what to do with the funds, including shopping around for a provider or hiring support workers themselves. This ...