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


Grief can be very painful. You may feel a range of emotions such as sadness, shock, anger and distress. There is no correct way to grieve or time it should take: your grief is unique to you. Ways of grieving may also vary in different cultures and religions. Be kind … Read more

Government commits $600,000 to flood recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort. They have announced … Read more

Disability Action Plan 2019-2023 – Bi-annual Progress Report (January to June 2020)

The Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 (the DAP), launched in November 2019, aims to improve the wellbeing of disabled people through progress on the eight interconnected outcomes in the New Zealand Disability Strategy: education, employment and economic security, health and wellbeing, rights protection and justice, accessibility, attitudes, choice and control, and … Read more

Joint Venture: Family Violence and Sexual Violence – Have your say

Kōrero Mai National Strategy: Have your say Engagement begins The Government is partnering with Tangata Whenua and working with targeted communities to create a new National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. From May 12, special community-led hui involving communities with lived experience of family … Read more

Influenza vaccine information 2021

The Flu is a virus. It can make some people very sick. Each year, lots of people go to their doctors and pharmacists to get the flu vaccine. This is an injection that can protect you from catching or spreading flu and you can’t get the flu from the injection. … Read more

Towards trustworthy and trusted automated decision-making in Aotearoa

This is a report and set of recommendations from our research project for 2020, which forms part of the Council’s wider work programme. Our research topic was trust in digital and data-driven technologies. This is a vital foundation for achieving an equitable, thriving digital future for Aotearoa. As this is … Read more