New Zealand Disability Strategy
This section describes the New Zealand Disability Strategy, the reporting and implementation process by government agencies, and how it was developed.
Revising the New Zealand Disability Strategy
In 2016, the Office for Disability Issues is leading a process to revise the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
A Reference Group has been established to provide advice on the engagement process to be used, and provide advice on the content of the revised strategy.
The New Zealand Disability Strategy's vision is of a society that highly values the lives and continually enhances the full participation of disabled people. It provides a framework to guide government agencies making policy and services impacting on disabled people. In taking the lead, the Government will do everything possible to influence the attitudes and behaviour of society as a whole. By all New Zealanders considering issues facing people with disabilities and their aspirations, New Zealand can become a fully inclusive society.
Since 2009, the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues has provided ministerial leadership across government on implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The New Zealand Disability Strategy was developed in 2000 in partnership with disabled people and their representative organisations.
Monitoring and progress reports
Minister for Disability Issues' annual report
The Minister for Disability Issues is required to report annually to Parliament on progress in implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy. The Office for Disability Issues supports the Minister by monitoring activity of government agencies.
Review of progress with implementation 2001 to 2007
In August 2008, the first review of progress in implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy was released. It covers activity over the period April 2001 to June 2007. The Office for Disability Issues contracted an independent research and evaluation company, Litmus Ltd, to conduct the review. The scope of the implementation review did not include revising the vision, principles or objectives of the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
Read the first review report:
Read the Minister for Disability Issues' media release: