Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Disabled Persons Organisations work alongside government

Disabled Persons Organisations work alongside government

The voices and experience of disabled people in New Zealand are reflected in the cross- government Disability Action Plan 2014 -2018, released today.

The plan sets out how New Zealand will prioritise the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“The plan is a true collaboration between the six national New Zealand
Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) and government,” says Brendon
Murray, President of the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ.

The DPOs who worked on the plan are the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ (DPA) (the organisation that represents the interests of all disabled people) Blind Citizens NZ, Deafblind NZ, People First NZ (representing the interests of people with learning disabilities), Deaf Aotearoa and Ngati Kapo o Aotearoa representing the interests of the Maori blind community).

Brendon Murray says this is the first time disabled people have had their views ncluded in such a wide-reaching plan in a truly collaborative way. He says the process really did follow the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities statement outlined in Article 4(3). The article says the voice of disabled people must be present alongside government agencies developing legislation, policy and services impacting on disabled people.”

He says the disabled perspective is evident through-out the plan which outlines priorities to: increase employment and economic opportunities for disabled people, transform the disability support system, promote access in the community and ensure the personal safety of disabled children and adults.

The plan is posted on the Office for Disability Issues website www.odi.govt.nz
Brendon Murray says, “Although the content of the plan was restrained by the resources available across the public sector the involvement of the DPOs will be on-going as the plan is implemented over the next four years.”

“DPO representatives will be part of both the governance and the working group structure as the plan is implemented,” he says, “which will help keep disabled people’s views to the fore as the plan is put into action.”

Brendon concludes by saying, “Being part of the on-going implementation process will teach the DPOs and government a lot about how to work effectively together. The better we get at that the more disabled people will be able to contribute to government disability policy.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


What Was The Package? Police Not Explaining Lambton Quay Emergency

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>

Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news