6th December 2018

The Access Matters campaign has just reached a major milestone with an announcement from the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, in Parliament this afternoon.

The Minister said “Cabinet has approved a work programme to thoroughly explore how we can achieve full accessibility for disabled people and all New Zealanders”.

This is a vital step for the campaign and reflects the hard work and support of campaign advocates and supporters around the country. It couldn’t have happened without you!

We will keep you posted as we advance to the next stage of the campaign to create a more inclusive and accessible Aotearoa New Zealand.

Full media release from the Minister

Minister Sepuloni says Cabinet has approved a work programme to thoroughly explore how we can achieve full accessibility for disabled people and all New Zealanders. She also affirms this will involve collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the Access Alliance.

The Access Alliance is a collaborative of twelve national disabled people’s organisations, disability service providers, community organisations and disability advocates, working together to remove the barriers disabled New Zealanders face and build a New Zealand that is accessible to everyone. Collectively, the members assist over 763,000 New Zealanders.

The Access Alliance members include Auckland Disability Law, Blind Foundation, CCS Disability Action, Deaf Aotearoa, Disabled Person’s Assembly, Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealanders, Inclusive New Zealand, Kāpō Māori Aotearoa, Blind Citizens New Zealand, National Foundation of the Deaf, People First New Zealand, and the Cerebral Palsy Society. Other organisations are invited to join.

For more information, go to accessalliance.org.nz