Mojo Mathers launches disability-assist dog Bill

Green Party disability issues spokesperson Mojo Mathers is marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching a new Member’s Bill, which will create a more inclusive and accessible New Zealand.

Ms Mathers’ Human Rights (Disability Assist Dogs Non-Discrimination) Amendment Bill explicitly states that a person cannot be a denied a service – such as housing or transport – on the basis that they have a disability assist dog.

“We have long way to go to make New Zealand a fully inclusive, accessible country, where people who have disabilities can live free from discrimination,” said Ms Mathers.

“I was determined to create my new Member’s Bill after hearing stories of New Zealanders being denied rental accommodation purely because they have a disability assist dog.

“This sort of discrimination should not be happening in 21st century New Zealand.

“Finding somewhere to live is already hard enough, but to have your rental application turned down time and time again purely because you have a disability assist dog is just wrong.

“Disability assist dogs are more than just your average mutt.

“Disability assist dogs perform many different tasks, such as retrieving objects for people in wheelchairs, or alerting deaf people to fire alarms or door bells – they are a critically important part of their owners’ lives.

“New Zealanders with disabilities should not be discriminated against because they need a disability assist dog to make their lives easier and more fulfilling.

“The law should unequivocally support New Zealanders living with disability and prevent discrimination – my Bill is the next step in that process and I hope there’ll be widespread support for it if it’s drawn,” said Ms Mathers.

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Disability Announcements

Story

Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis to benefit from Election Access Fund Bill

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick is stoked that her Election Access Fund Bill was pulled from the Members’ Ballot today. If passed, the Bill will est...
Read More

Policy

Disability Policy

In an inclusive society, everyone has their full rights recognised and actively participates in their communities. The real obstacle to full partic...
See More

Policy

Election Access Fund (Member’s Bill)

Chlöe Swarbrick MP's Election Access Fund Bill was written to support disabled people in accessing and participating in elections and standing for ...
See More

Story

Government policies forcing disabled people into cold damp houses

Information released yesterday showing that disabled people who rent are much more likely to live in cold, damp homes is clear evidence that Nation...
Read More

Story

Hundreds risk losing hearing while waiting for surgery

  National needs to clear the backlog of people waiting for cochlear implants and fund the programme properly, the Green Party said today. A story ...
Read More

Story

Green Party supports accessibility for all

The Green Party is throwing its support behind the Access Alliance’s new campaign to make Aotearoa 100% accessible for everyone. The Access Allianc...
Read More