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


Deaf Aotearoa Welcomes Government’s Announcement On Disability Support System Transformation

Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to see the Government’s recent announcement, by the Ministers for Disability Issues and Health, regarding reforms to New Zealand’s disability support system and the establishment of legislation to ensure access for Deaf and disabled New Zealanders.

Deaf Aotearoa Chief Executive, Lachlan Keating, says the Government’s planned changes to the disability support system is great news and when implemented, expected the changes to bring great benefits to Deaf people and the Deaf community. “The implementation of the Enabling Good Lives approach to disability support services, the introduction of The Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill, and the establishment of the Accessibility Governance Board are three significant changes that will in time, if adequately resourced and funded, bring about a wealth of opportunities for the Deaf community.”

Deaf Aotearoa’s president Joanne Klaver says “Deaf Aotearoa has played a key role in advising the government on the changes through its role on the Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition. We look forward to working closely with the ministers and officials as the changes are implemented to ensure the impact on the Deaf community is fully considered. We are particularly interested to see greater access for Deaf Māori and that Deaf people in isolated areas can access the services and information they need”.

Executive Board chairperson Anton Sammons says “It is essential that Deaf people have increased choice of services they access and greater control over how funding is spent. The Deaf community want to access services that understand our situation with regards to NZSL and Deaf culture, services that are responsive to the specific needs of Deaf people, and organisations which use a strengths-based approach to working with Deaf people and the Deaf community."

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation providing advocacy and services for Deaf people. It operates a wide range of services and advocates at all levels for the advancement of the human rights of Deaf people.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Traffic Light Levels Announced

The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why An Attack On Iran Is Back On The Agenda

Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus meeting today. You know how it goes: Luxon doesn’t quite have the numbers, so his people start talking to the media to make him seem like the smart bet. Or even perhaps: Luxon hasn't got the numbers, and his people start talking to the media to talk up his support so that he gets a nicer consolation prize... More>>


Government: New Law Will Clear The Air For Tamariki In Vehicles
From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said... More>>

Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>

RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>

AUT: Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid
In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says... More>>

National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>




InfoPages News Channels