What's Happening

The first projects to be supported by the NZSL Fund have been announced.

July 2015

This working group has been established with Statistics New Zealand to improve data and information on disabled New Zealanders.

June 2015

The Government response to concluding observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been released.

June 2015

The founding members of the New Zealand Sign Language Board have been announced.

June 2015

In December 2014, the Minister for Disability Issues annual report on progress with implementing the NZ Disability Strategy was released.

December 2014

The Government has agreed to the design of the Enabling Good Lives Waikato demonstration.

December 2014

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.

Leadership and strategic direction

The Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues coordinates government implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Priorities for government action

The Disability Action Plan sets out priorities for cross government action.

Enabling Good Lives

Demonstrations of the Enabling Good Lives approach to how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives are being implemented in Christchurch and the Waikato.

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New Zealand Sign Language

The Government is committed to promoting and maintaining the use of New Zealand Sign Language, as one of New Zealand's official languages. We support the New Zealand Sign Language Board and the New Zealand Sign Language Fund to promote and maintain use of the language.

Disability Data and Evidence Working Group

Improving information and data about disabled New Zealanders will be progressed by the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group.

Tools, statistics, research and other resources

Access guides and toolkits to inclusive practice, and research and statistics on disabled New Zealanders.