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By: Tiaho  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Disability

National News

Published November 18th 2011, Posted in

Over forty members of the Far North disabled community attended the ‘Political Engagement = Disability Empowerment’ Hui in Kaitaia yesterday.

Attendees took full advantage of the opportunity to meet the new Disability Human Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson and local standing candidates Sue Bradford and Ngawai Herewini from the Mana Party and Pauline Evans from the Greens.  A late apology was received from the Lynette Stewart from the Labour Party.

The Human Rights Commission and candidates gained a good insight into issues that people with disabilities are facing in the Far North and attendees had the chance to engage with the candidates around their disability policies and how these would affect them. 

Thank you to all who attended and helped make this such a successful and empowering hui.

Published July 12th 2011, Posted in / 1 Comment

Story courtesy of the Northern Advocate - Joseph Aldrdge
Making New Zealand more accessible for disabled people one city at a time - it’s all part of the master plan for Be.Accessible’s chief executive Minnie Baragwanath.

She was in Whangarei this week and met local representatives of the disabled community as part of her national tour of Rugby World Cup host cities.

After a presentation of Be.Accessible’s goals and initiatives, Ms Baragwanath officially certified two local people to make accessibility assessments of Whangarei businesses and organisations that will form part of a national database.

Published June 30th 2011, Posted in

Sunday 3 July to Saturday 9 July

The Neurological Foundation’s Annual Appeal week launches on Sunday with the comical TV ad campaign featuring neuroscientists washing cars to raise money. The reality of the campaign’s message however is very real and very serious; funding for brain research is needed more than ever to improve the outcomes for the growing number of New Zealanders being diagnosed with neurological disorders.

Published June 24th 2011, Posted in

Every day, thousands of volunteers give up their spare time to the communities they live in and help others who are less fortunate.  These volunteers are an essential part of New Zealand society.  If you’re a volunteer, then we want to help you reduce costs.

Since 2006, BP Vouchers for Volunteers has recognised these efforts by donating thousands of BP fuel vouchers to organisations that have volunteers working in our local ommunities.  BP New Zealand recognises that the cost of running vehicles has a big impact on these community organisations, so we want to do our bit to help out.

Published May 20th 2011, Posted in

The drive to get New Zealand Sign Language interpreters at Waitangi Day has won national recognition.

Tiaho Trust chief executive Jonny Wilkinson was recently awarded the NZ Sign Language Accessible Award from Deaf Aotearoa.

Mr Wilkinson was a key force behind having NZ Sign Language interpreters at this year’s Waitangi Day celebrations.

Working with other like-minded groups, Mr Wilkinson lobbied the Waitangi Trust Board to recognise the need of the deaf community and provide interpreters for the first time at this significant celebration.

Published May 05th 2011, Posted in

2011 was always going to be significant for Arthritis New Zealand.  Changes in our health system combined with challenges in the New Zealand fundraising sector, resulted in our decision to review services and the where and how services are provided. This is never an easy task and changing services is difficult and often controversial. 

Published May 04th 2011, Posted in

Do you care for a friend or family member who has health, disability, mental health, serious injury, or age related needs? Have you ever received learning to support your caring situation?

The Ministry of Health and Carers NZ are seeking your feedback about carer wellbeing and learning including, what do you need to know to care safely, where and how would you like to receive learning, how helpful have you found any carer learning programmes you have attended in the past? 

Published April 26th 2011, Posted in

Halberg Trust and Westpac are working in partnership to support disabled people to participate in active sport and leisure. Westpac will pay the entry fee for participants who have a disability and their caregiver to enter the Carter’s Paihia Run/Walk on 29th May 2011.

The Bay of Island provides a stunning back drop for this really fun event. You have the option of either a 6km walk or an 8km run. There is no cost to participants with disabilities who pre-register. Westpac covers the entry fee for you and your support person if you need one.

Published April 21st 2011, Posted in

My parents started noticing that things weren’t quite right with me from as young as six months old. I was taken to the doctor but they couldn’t find anything wrong. At around a year old, I started “walking” (in a manner of speaking – on my knees), refusing to straighten my legs out to a normal position.

My legs ended up frozen in the bent position – they could not be straightened and I was in immense pain if anyone tried to touch them. A visiting pediatrician specialist from the US took me into surgery in Auckland Hospital and opened one of my legs up to have a look. Finally my parents got the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis when I was 18 months old.

Published April 19th 2011, Posted in

BECA - DEAFinitely Working for you
Thanks to an employee’s initiative to “take a walk in a Deaf co-worker’s shoes”, staff from engineering consultancy Beca recently undertook Deaf Aotearoa’s DEAFinitely Aware course. Deaf Aotearoa trainer Victoria Skorikova and two interpreters worked with 20 Beca staff members at the company’s head office in Auckland.

Beca is a multidisciplinary consultancy providing planning, architectural,engineering and project management services to clients across the Asia-Pacific region.

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