What's Happening

In December 2013, the Minister for Disability Issues annual report on progress with implementing the NZ Disability Strategy was released.

December 2013

A review will look into how New Zealand Standard 4121 aligns with the Building Code and how the Code more generally represents the needs of disabled people.

October 2013

Minister for Disability Issues marks the introduction of a new cross-government service to improve access to government services for Deaf people.

October 2013

The Think Differently campaign provides funding for local communities and national partners to promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people.

July 2013

The Office for Disability Issues

The Office for Disability Issues is the focal point within government on disability issues. We promote and monitor implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We report to the Minister for Disability Issues and support the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues.

New Zealand Disability Strategy & UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

New Zealand is committed to promoting a society that is inclusive of disabled people by implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read about reporting on implementation, guides and toolkits to inclusive practice, and research and statistics on disabled New Zealanders.

Priorities for government

The Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues leads and co-ordinates implementation across government on disability issues. Priorities for government agencies are set out in the Disability Action Plan.

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Enabling Good Lives

The Government is investing in a partnership between government agencies and the disability sector aimed at long term transformation of how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives. $2.5 million has been provided over 2013 to 2016 to implement the Enabling Good Lives approach to the redesign of disability support in Christchurch and Waikato.