Calls for a NZ Centre of Research in Disability Studies
Human Rights Commission calls for a NZ Centre of Research
Excellence and Chair in Disability Studies
in honour of the late disability rights champion Donna-Rose
McKay was given by Paul Gibson, Human Rights Commissioner
with responsibility for Disability Rights at Otago
University this evening.
“Donna Rose was a woman who was
determined to be herself no matter what. A pioneer and a
visionary she embarked on her academic career at Otago
University so it is fitting that we gather here in her
honour,” said Mr Gibson.
“Throughout her life Donna
Rose broke new ground, challenged discrimination and held
decision makers accountable: in doing so she paved the way
forward for future generations of disabled New
Mr Gibson says New Zealand needs a Centre
of Research Excellence and a Chair in Disability
“We need a place where disability rights,
research and excellence are focused upon, celebrated and
studied. Disability studies needs a place to call home,”
said Mr Gibson.
“Achieving Donna Rose’s vision of a
fully inclusive, diverse society is one we all have a role
to play in: nothing about us, without
© Scoop Media
Issue 49: Werewolf Weekender
Philip Matthews: From The Lost Continent
It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, had a couple of North Island screenings last year during the International Film Festival’s “Autumn Events” season, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>
The Complicatist: Blue Eyed & Soulful
For a while in June, the top two singles on the US Billboard charts featured Iggy Azalea, an Australian model turned hip hop performer. To some, this may seem like just the latest chapter in a long saga of whites ripping off black culture, while enriching themselves in the process. Obviously, there’s some truth in the stereotype. Yet it can also obscure the positive collaborations – in jazz, soul music and hip hop – between musicians who treated each other as creative equals, race regardless. More>>
Satire: Carry On Captaining
Oh hello. Scanner Technician Davis. To what do I owe the pleasure?
You think we’re what?
Oh, pish. This vessel has been travelling along smoothly for generations – particularly smoothly in the last few years though I say so myself – and I happen to know we have never once been hit by an asteroid... More>>