Changes to the Mental Health Act

On 29 October 2021, Parliament made some changes to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (commonly called the Mental Health Act). These changes will strengthen the rights of people placed under the Mental Health Act. The changes are part of the work Manatū Hauora (the Ministry of … Read more

Engagement approach

Introduction This document describes how the Crown Response Unit treats information shared by participants before, during and after our engagement activities. There are agreements at the end of each section for you to sign to confirm this document has been explained to you. Your contact at the Crown Response Unit … 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

Your Rights in NZSL

When you use a health or disability service in New Zealand, you have the protection of a Code of Rights. The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights provides the following 10 rights: Right 1 – The right to be treated with respect. Right 2 – The right to freedom … Read more