In an inclusive society, everyone has their full rights recognised and actively participates in their communities.
We want to ensure that New Zealanders with impairments have access to quality education, essential services, and suitable employment.
We will also want to ensure that people with impairments can participate fully in our democracy and in decisions affecting them, are safe from discrimination, and have support to maintain their autonomy.
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Recent news about Disability Issues
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) should be officially recognised in parliament's Standing Orders as a part of the current review, the Green Party said today. More
Lack of access is a major concern for many disabled people and their families. We would like to support this bill in subsequent stages if the select committee can adequately address the concerns of the disability community. More
Green Party list MP Catherine Delahunty hosts a forum on the impact of the Government's family care law, with guest speakers. More
The lack of captioning for a recently released DVD dealing with the issue of family violence is a serious omission that needs to be rectified as soon as possible, the Green Party said today. More
The Government must step up to implement the recommendations from today's Human Rights Commission report 'a New Era in the Right to Sign' the Green Party said. More
Does he agree with the Attorney-General's advice that the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) unjustifiably limits the right to judicial review; if not, why not? More
The Government Administration select committee are currently holding an inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament. Submissions to this inquiry are open until Friday 12 July. More
This may be news to the National Government, but actually children learn through working with a supportive professional, a registered teacher, and with family, and with each other, through cooperation. Learning is a collective and collaborative experience. More
The lives of these people, the hours, the love, and the care, count for nothing in the Government's economic model. I think that is morally bankrupt and I think New Zealanders deserve something better. More
This New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) is a slap in the face to some of the hardest-working New Zealanders, and is a demonstration of this Government's heartless—and I would go so far as to say almost sociopathic—disregard for human suffering and also human endeavour. More
I would just like to acknowledge the families. Thank you, all of the families who have worked with me on this issue. Thank you, all of the families who could get no help from any other MP on this issue. More
It is indeed ironic that this bill, the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) , that supposedly addresses historic discrimination turns out to be a breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act . More
Tēnā koe, tēnā koutou te Whare nui. It is not great to be here; I think we should be at a select committee, I really do. I am very, very disappointed that we are not, because this is a very serious oversight on an issue that, if all these years of angst have gone on, we should be talking about to the people who are experiencing it. More
It has certainly been a long day, but it is nothing like as hard as what it is to take care of a family member with complete absence of mobility, and nothing like as hard as it is to be that person trying to live a good, independent, and self-determining life without money coming into your family that actually reflects what you are needing. That is much, much harder than listening to this debate. More
The Government's rush to pass legislation to restrict payments to those caring for disabled family members is deeply disappointing, Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said today. More