November and December 2022: Key Messages from DPO Coalition

Minister for Disability Issues. The DPO Coalition met with Hon Poto Williams, Minister for Disability Issues. The Coalition thanked the Minister for her proactive response to the concluding observations made by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They then discussed how to implement the recommendations … Read more

September 2022: 10 Key Messages from DPO Coalition

Office for Seniors. The DPO Coalition held a workshop with the Office for Seniors. They identified several common issues that affect both disabled people and people who are aging. They discussed the “Better Later Life” Action Plan, and some key actions including: The Office for Seniors will continue to provide … Read more

Feedback wanted on amendments to NZSL Act

Hi, I’m Craigo, Vice President of Deaf Aotearoa The Government is consulting with the Deaf community about some initial proposals to amend the NZSL Act. Deaf Aotearoa will provide our feedback on this. We are interested in your views as members, this will help us finalise our advice to the … Read more

Important Government proposals and bills for discussion

Kia ora Deaf community. At the moment Government is working on two important topics related to Deaf people: Policy proposals to amend and modernise the NZSL Act  The Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill. Deaf Aotearoa encourages you all to let us know what you think about both.  Deaf Aotearoa will … Read more

July 2022: 10 Key Messages from DPO Coalition

United Nations Examination of New Zealand’s implementation of the Disability Convention. In August New Zealand was examined by the United Nations on how it is implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The DPO Coalition appointed a delegation of five people and two meeting assistants … Read more

Acting CEO Announcement

Kia ora Deaf community, want to let you know that Lara Draper will be Acting CEO from Wednesday 17th to Monday 29th August. This is because Lachlan Keating, Deaf Aotearoa CEO, will be going to Geneva, Switzerland. Lachlan has been asked by the DPO Coalition to support the delegation (group) … Read more

June 2022: 11 Key Messages from DPO Coalition

Establishment Unit, new ministry for disabled people (name since confirmed Whaikaha Ministry of Disabled People). The DPO Coalition is very pleased that Whaikaha – the Ministry of Disabled People was launched on 1 July. At our June meeting the DPO Coalition met with Justine Cornwall, Director of the Establishment Unit … Read more

May 2022 Executive Board key messages

Kia koutou katoa, NZSL Week – Congratulations and well done to all the staff who worked hard to make this year’s NZSL Week a success. Also congratulations to all the NZSL Award winners. Have a look at our website and social media posts for photos and videos of the NZSL … Read more

May Executive Board updates on Strategic Directions

Honour the Treaty of Waitangi by partnering with Māori Turi. Developed the Kōhanga Reo NZSL videos and launched in NZSL week (in 3 days the video has been shared 241 times and seen by over 14,000 people) Ongoing work to support Māori Advisory Group – regular meetings of Tāngata Turi … Read more

May 2022: DPO Key Messages

Congratulating Dr Jonathan Godfrey ONZM. The DPO Coalition congratulated Blind Citizens NZ’s representative Dr Jonathan Godfrey for being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to disabled people, particularly blind and low vision people. Dr Godfrey received his award on the first day of the … Read more

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