Disability Issues

Fri 26 Jun 2015
| Disability Issues

To mark the beginning of Youth Week this year, I attended The Cube’s Re-Imagine Exhibit which was held at the Auckland Viaduct on Sunday 24 May. The Re-Imagine Exhibit was created by young people who wanted to challenge societal perceptions about disability and rebrand the disability sector to show that young people with disabilities are rock stars!

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.

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.

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.

Thu 2 Apr 2015
| Disability Issues

Today is the 8th Annual World Autism Awareness Day. This morning I hosted the World Autism Awareness Day Breakfast in the Grand Hall at Parliament.

Thu 26 Mar 2015
| Disability Issues

Every year the National Foundation for the Deaf run an annual campaign called ‘Hearing Week.’ This year Hearing Week is being held from 23 to 29 March.

Wed 11 Mar 2015
| Disability Issues

Variety - The Children's Charity levels the playing field for disadvantaged Kiwi kids; Every year they help over 10,000 local children.

Tue 3 Mar 2015
| Disability Issues

Last night I attended the Blind Foundation’s 125th Birthday Celebration which was hosted by Their Excellencies – the Governor General of New Zealand Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae – at Government House in Wellington.

Fri 27 Feb 2015
| Disability Issues

Last Sunday I was delighted to attend the Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Surf Day at Sumner Beach. The event was hosted by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation as part of the Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Surf programme.

Fri 12 Dec 2014
| Disability Issues

On 3 December I attended an event at Westpac’s mini-stadium on Lambton Quay to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.