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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 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 ...

Disability and the Rainbow Community

Allyson Hamblett and Aych McArdle are members of CCS Disability Action’s Auckland Local Advisory Committee (LAC). Allyson and Arch have a particular interest in how LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex) and disability issues interrelate. We have a chat to them to find out more.   Q. Can you tell me a bit ...

When Emotional Support Becomes Unintended Gaslighting

By Ariel Henley Ariel Henley is a writer from Northern California. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Narratively, The Rumpus, and The Establishment. You can find her on Twitter: @ariel_henley9. Gaslighting is a psychological term ...

IDPWD – Celebrating abilities

Chris Bristow is a member of the Northern Region’s disabled staff group, DAA. As 3 December 2016 came to Northland, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disability, the focus will be celebrating abilities. While the day was recognised across the globe, what Whangarei showcased was a vision of what inclusive communities can look ...

Who are you?

Nick Svensen is a policy advisor intern at CCS Disability Action. For many in the disability community, the inability to obtain a driver’s licence leaves them unable to prove their age or identity in a wide array of situations – perhaps something so obvious that it is easily overlooked. As a result, they are forced ...