Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson

 Paul Gibson became Commissioner with responsibilities for disability issues in 2011.

Mr Gibson is a former president of the Disabled People’s Assembly and was involved in the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). Mr Gibson is partially blind and uses Braille and assistive technology. Paul has twenty years of experience in the health and disability sector including working for Capital Coast District Health Board as a senior disability adviser.


Some priority focus areas for the Mr Gibson are:

A key focus area for Mr Gibson is promoting the Convention and disabled people’s rights.

Some key areas of work include:

  • violence and abuse;
  • education;
  • mental illness and the rights of older people.

He is also committed to inspire change in New Zealand society so that living in the community for disabled people is easier and welcomed.