Fri 12 Jun 2015
| Disability Issues

On 18 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 69/170 proclaiming that from 2015, June 13 would be recognized as  International Albinism Awareness Day. Albinism Trust New Zealand estimates that there are 75 children living with Albinism in New Zealand.

Wed 10 Jun 2015
| Conservation

Recently I visited Northland Conservation Board as part of my programme of visits to all Conservation Boards around the country, to help foster close links between community conservation and DOC, iwi/hapu, community and other stakeholders and to facilitate conservation gains.

Fri 29 May 2015
| Disability Issues

Challenging and full-on is how New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters, Jenn Gilbert and Saran Goldie-Anderson described their recent interpretation for Budget week.

This morning I opened the new Pacific Health Clinic in Montreal Street. The opening of the clinic marks an important occasion for our Pacific community and our vulnerable populations because we are now able to provide them with better access to primary health care services at the lowest possible cost.

Tue 5 May 2015
| Disability Issues

Last weekend I launched the STARS training Job Fair - Speed Dating style first in New Zealand! Where families looking for support staff to assist disabled people in achieving their good life met many candidates for a 1 hour session.

On Friday I had the honour of meeting Mr Gaku Hashimoto, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, and visiting Prime Minister’s Fellow.