For 3 days every year, members and staff of People First New Zealand get to come together and share the leadership projects they have been working on throughout the year.

This year, the forum was held in Auckland from 18-19 November at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre.


30 leaders – 5 from each of the 6 regions – participated in the forum, tackling big issues for people with learning disability, such as:

– What home means to me

– Say NO to bullying

– Self-awareness as a Leader

– What is a healthy life?

– Living a Good Life

– What services know about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention).

The groups presented their information in a variety of different ways, using role plays, powerpoint presentations, songs, questionnaires, handouts, and a LOT of audience participation! Some of it messy!

Talks about leadership were also given by 3 inspiring leaders, doing great things for disabled people out there on the national and world stages:
– Robert Martin (People First NZ Life Member and NZ’s nominee for the next UN Committee monitoring the Disability Convention)

– David Corner (Inclusion International, IHC Self Advocacy)

– Jade Farrar (Enabling Good Lives, Leadership Group)


Film footage of the regional presentations can be seen by making contact with any member of People First staff – they will be able to help you to organise for your local People First group to watch them.

Contact details for staff can be found here.

Thank you to Te Pou for the continued funding for this project.