Disability

07-08-2014 - Access to buildings is a human right, says monitoring group

Type: Media Release

A key group monitoring disability rights in New Zealand says proposed changes to building regulations are unnecessary and infringe disabled people’s right to access buildings. When a building is upgraded, reasonable and adequate access must be made for people with disabilities. The proposed changes to the Building Act 2004 will allow councils to issue building […]

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07-08-2014 - Disabled people deserve better health and education

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Urgent attention is needed to stop disabled New Zealanders with intellectual/learning disabilities dying up to 23 years before the rest of the population, says a key group monitoring disability rights in New Zealand. In its second report, launched this week, the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons […]

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22-07-2014 - Deaf Maori experience on show in Wellington

Type: Event

An exhibition describing the experience of deaf Maori will go on show in Wellington next week as part of Maori Language Week. It comes out of a collaborative project between researcher Ann Hynds from Victoria University’s school of education and students from the Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland. Dr Hynds says with only a […]

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24-06-2014 - Blog: Watch how a deaf and blind Brazil fan follows the FIFA World Cup

Type: Blog, Video

The one thing that I have noticed since the FIFA World Cup has started is that you can barely go a day without it coming up in conversation. But how does someone who is deaf and blind join in and experience all the joy, frustration, and heartbreak that accompanies being a fan of the beautiful game? […]

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17-06-2014 - Almost one in four New Zealanders were identified as disabled in 2013

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Almost one in four New Zealanders were identified as disabled in 2013, according to the New Zealand Disability Survey released today by Statistics New Zealand.   This was up from 20 percent in 2001. A total of 1.1 million people (24 percent of the population) were identified as disabled. The results show that 11 percent of […]

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13-06-2014 - Human Rights Commission welcomes United Nations nomination

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the New Zealand government’s nomination of Kiwi human rights activist Robert Martin to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “The global Disability Rights movement has our own iconic leaders and heroes and one of them is a guy from Whanganui called Robert Martin,” said […]

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06-06-2014 - Making A Difference: become an arts advocate in Christchurch

Type: News, Partner News

Are you passionate about the arts – especially with regards to ensuring that it is accessible to all? Do you have a disability or sensory impairment or a lived experience of mental illness? Do you feel strongly that everyone should have access to arts and cultural activities, whether as a practitioner or audience member? If you […]

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05-06-2014 - Serious Concerns about human rights and the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

Type: Media Release, News, Submission

The Human Rights Commission has raised concerns over a proposed law change that may breach  New Zealand’s international and human rights obligations. Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson appeared before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee Select Committee today. “In its current form the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill enables buildings to be exempted from […]

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03-06-2014 - ZERO PROJECT 2015: Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices and Policies for Persons with Disabilities

Type: News, Partner News

If you, or an organisation you represent is a leading expert in practices and policies concerning disability, specifically independent living and political participation, then you might be interested in the following: The Zero Project team is inviting leading experts and organizations to nominate outstanding practices and policies concerning this year’s topic: Independent Living and Political […]

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29-05-2014 - Donna-Rose McKay Memorial Lecture

Type: Event, Media Release

A lecture in honour of the late disability rights champion Donna-Rose McKay will be given by Paul Gibson, Human Rights Commissioner with responsibility for Disability Rights at Otago University tomorrow. “Donna Rose was a woman who was determined to be herself no matter what.  A pioneer and a visionary she embarked on her academic and […]

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