Morningside Incident Media Release
Press Release 27/02/13
accident in Auckland that saw a wheelchair user seriously
injured should be a wake up for local body governments, says
DPA New Zealand.
DPA CEO Rachel Noble believes the
accident at Morningside Station where the woman’s
wheelchair got caught on the tracks is the result of lack of
engagement with disabled people. “This woman was out
being a normal person in the community, but due to lack of
foresight by planners became a victim of guesswork.” Ms
She feels local body governments need to
engage better with the disability community when they are
planning and implementing changes, and then should be having
continued input through monitoring of those
“If they don’t include us in this, we
will continue to be second class citizens in our own
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