Decision-making Focus Group: Volunteers wanted

Has someone ever been appointed to make decisions for you or someone you know? Have you or someone you know ever needed support to make a decision?

If so, would you be willing to share your views at a focus group hosted by the Wellington Deaf Society? 

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | the New Zealand Law Commission is an independent state agency that provides law reform advice to the government. It is reviewing the law relating to adult decision-making capacity. The review is focussed on decision-making arrangements, such as enduring powers of attorney, court-appointed representatives and decision-making support arrangements. The focus group is an opportunity to assist with this review.

The focus group will be held at Waiora Hub/Wellington Deaf Society on Sunday 21 April 2024 at 5.30pm-7.00pm.

We are looking for a group of around 10 people who have affected decision-making or who have a whānau or family member with affected decision-making, and who are willing to share their views on what decision-making arrangements the law should provide for. It is important that the Law Commission hears about the experiences of Deaf people as part of this review.  

The focus group will be facilitated by the Law Commission and will focus on questions from its upcoming public consultation. The Law Commission will provide koha of an $80 Pressie Card to each focus group member.

If you’d like to apply to take part in the focus group, please email the Law Commission by 5pm on 10 April 2024 at

In your email, please tell the Law Commission a bit about yourself and the nature of your (or your whānau member’s) experience of affected decision-making and/or decision-making arrangements. This is so the focus group can cover a range of different experiences. If a lot of people want to take part, the Law Commission will choose the participants. Don’t worry if you are not chosen for this activity, you can still share your views by making a submission later on.

You can find more information about the Law Commission’s project on its website. Consultation questions in New Zealand Sign Language and other accessible formats will be sent out to participants in advance of the focus group.

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