Chief Executive, Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People appointed

Deputy Public Service Commissioner Ms Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Ms Paula Tesoriero MNZM to the position of Chief Executive, Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People. Whaikaha is a new departmental agency, established on 1 July 2022. The new Ministry represents a significant shift in how … Read more

New Ministry for Disabled People

The recent reforms of the Health system and evolving government priorities have provided an opportunity to review the current arrangements for working with, and supporting, the one in four New Zealanders that identify as disabled. The current cross-government disability system presents barriers for many disabled people and whānau in achieving … Read more

A New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme

Our proposals Every year, more than 100,000 New Zealanders are made redundant, laid off, or have to stop working because of a health condition or disability. The Government, Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions are proposing a new way of better protecting workers and the … Read more

The National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence

Minister’s Foreword  As the first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence, I am honoured to introduce Te Aorerekura, our first National strategy to eliminate family violence and sexual violence.  Te Aorerekura sets a collective ambition to create peaceful homes where children, families and whānau thrive; to enable safe communities where all people … Read more

Acting now for a violence-free future

December 2021 Violence and abuse of disabled people in Aotearoa New Zealand  Evidence and recommendations Foreword My role is to promote and protect the full and equal enjoyment of disabled people’s human rights. The government has Te Tiriti o Waitangi and human rights obligations to commit all available resources and … Read more

Accelerating Accessibility in New Zealand

Proposal   This paper seeks:  agreement to introduce a new framework that takes a progressive approach to identifying, preventing, and removing barriers to participation for disabled people, tängata whaikaha Mäori and others with accessibility needs; approval to issue drafting instructions for stand-alone enabling legislation to support New Zealand to progressively become … Read more

Disability System Transformation

Establishing a Ministry for Disabled People and national implementation of the Enabling Good Lives approach Proposal This paper seeks: Cabinet agreement to establish a Ministry for Disabled People, as a departmental agency hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, responsible for driving better outcomes for all disabled people, leading cross-government … Read more

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