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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 ...

Disabled people need to be included in decisions about accessibility

David Matthews returns to talk about the lack of consultation with accessibility experts on the proposed earthquake strengthening changes. David also talked about this in the NZ Herald and we did a detailed submission. As a little aside, ever wondered why “government” sometimes has a capital letter. The Government with a capital G refers to the government of the day ...

Waipa leads the way

Gerri Pomeroy returns to talk about a very exciting report her, Roger and Taylored Accessibility Solutions have done for the Waipa District Council. This report has the potential to make the Waipa District a better place to live for everyone. We need more councils to follow Waipa’s lead. It can be difficult convincing transport planners and politicians to adequately consider how people with ...

Not willing or discrimination, disability and unemployment

We have already talked about welfare reform here and in the United Kingdom and heard people’s first hand experience of finding employment. We thought it might be time to look at the wider issues around disability, unemployment and welfare reform. There are two different ways to look at what causes unemployment; labour demand or labour ...