Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero MNZM

July-September 2018


  • Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni for our bi-monthly catch-up
  • Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and Associate Minister of Education (responsibility for learning support) Tracey Martin about the education reforms
  • Minister of Health David Clark about both Funded Family Care and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Chair of the Health and Disability review Heather Simpson
  • National Party spokesperson for disability issues Dr Shane Reti
  • The Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the Disability Convention quarterly meeting
  • Director of the Office of Disability Issues Brian Coffey
  • Education For All, an education advisory group calling for inclusive education
  • The Ministerial Advisory Group for Education Reforms to talk about the importance of inclusive education underpinning these reforms
  • Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft and FASD-CAN about FASD in New Zealand
  • Tricia Malowney from the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Group on assisted dying legislation
  • The New Zealand Education Institute about the Offensive Behaviour in Schools report
  • Ministry of Health to discuss a comprehensive safeguarding system for adults whose circumstances may place them at risk of harm
  • Department of Corrections Senior Adviser for Prisoners with Disabilities. This position has been recently appointed to better understand and improve responses to prisoners with mobility and sensory impairments.
  • Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce meeting to talk about how inclusive education can be implemented in New Zealand
  • Chief Executive of the Australian Network on Disability (AND)
  • Australian Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committee to discuss aged care quality and disability from a New Zealand perspective
  • Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Victor Calise


In September I visited four schools that specialise in education for disabled children, with more to come in October.

  • Mahinawa School
  • Kimi Ora School 
  • Salisbury School 
  • BLENNZ (Homai campus)


  • Education Leaders Forum 2018: Focusing on abilities
  • PSA Women’s Network Conference
  • Diversity Awards
  • Asia Pacific Forum 2018
  • APEC Public-Private dialogue on gender and structural reform