People First New Zealand is proud to launch our new film ‘I am a Citizen too’.

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Below is the script of the film and visual descriptions for Blind and vision impaired viewers:

Black words on a white screen, with People First Zealand logo: I am a Citizen too

Speaker: David King, People First New Zealand National Chairperson. Wearing a dark blue business shirt and a pounamu (greenstone). Sitting in a boardroom setting with a People First New Zealand banner behind him.

“To have a good life we need all people in New Zealand to work together. This means Government and local government, services, family, disabled people and other New Zealanders too.”

Words on the screen: Money

Speaker: People First Wellington member, Katrina Sneath. Wearing a white business jacket over a black top. Standing in front of the steps of Parliament.

“Lots of disabled people spend all of their adult lives on a benefit and don’t have enough money to live on. Some people have to choose between buying food and going to the doctor. I need money to live, just like everyone else.”

Words on the screen: Health

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Ake Pasilio. Wearing a green puletasi (dress) from Tokelau. Standing in front of Parliament, with flags flying behind her. Speaking in Tokelauan.

English translation: “Good health. Many people are unhealthy. Doctor’s don’t talk to us and explain our health. This needs to change. We need to listen to each other.”

Words on the screen: Keeping safe

Speaker: People First Kāpiti member Jason Donovan. Wearing a grey business shirt over a white top. Standing in front of Parliament.

“People with a learning disability are more likely to be abused. It is not okay. The Police and anti-violence agencies are not trained to work with us. This needs to change.”

Words on the screen: Education

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Jenna Maguren. Wearing a black shirt. Standing in front of Parliament.

“I have the right to an education. I should be able to learn alongside other people in regular inclusive schools. I should be able to study as an adult if that is what I want.”

Words on the screen: Media

Speaker: People First Christchurch member, Aron Hapi. Wearing a maroon t-shirt with a Māori design. Standing in front of Parliament with flag poles behind him.

“The media and other people in my community say things like “I suffer from my disability” or “I have the brain of a child”. These things are not true and they have a bad effect on our lives. How you speak about us matters.”

Words on the screen: Disability support

Speaker: People First Wellington member, Katrina Sneath. Wearing a white business jacket over a black top. Standing in front of the steps of Parliament.

“The support I need is different than other people. I need a disability support system that makes sure I get the services that are right for me.”

Words on the screen: Housing

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Wade Ledingham. Wearing a maroon, grey and black hoodie. Standing in front of Parliament.

“The 2013 Disability survey found that disabled people are more likely to live in rental houses that are damp and hard to keep warm. I have a right to warm, dry housing that I can afford.”

Words on the screen: Abuse

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Jenna Maguren. Wearing a black shirt. Standing in front of Parliament.

“People treat us differently, disrespect us, and make fun of my friends and me. Article 8 of the United Nations Disability Convention says that Governments need to make sure that disabled people are treated with respect.”

Words on the screen: Work

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Allyson Moore. Wearing a green shirt and green and black dress over a black and white Cook Islands shirt.

“I want to have a job. Most workplaces will not give people with learning disability a chance. I want the chance to prove I can be a good worker.”

Words on the screen: Access

Speaker: People First Christchurch member, Aron Hapi. Wearing a maroon t-shirt with a Māori design. Standing in front of Parliament with flag poles behind him.

“I need to get information in ways I can understand. I also need to be able to get out and about in my community easily. We need a law about accessibility to make sure these things happen.

I am a citizen too!”

Speaker: People First Wellington member, Katrina Sneath. Wearing a white business jacket over a black top. Standing in front of the steps of Parliament.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: People First Kāpiti member Jason Donovan. Wearing a grey business shirt over a white top. Standing in front of Parliament.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member Michael Gregory. Wearing a grey hoodie with black stripes. Standing in front of parliament.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Wade Ledingham. Wearing a maroon, grey and black hoodie. Standing in front of Parliament.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: People First Wellington member, Tracy Tse. Wearing a colourful dress over a pink top. Standing in front of the flags at Parliament.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Ake Pasilio. Wearing a green puletasi (dress) from Tokelau. Standing in front of Parliament, with flags flying behind her. Speaking in Tokelauan.

“I am a New Zealander, of Aotearoa.”

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Jenna Maguren. Wearing a black shirt. Standing in front of Parliament.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: People First Hutt Valley member, Allyson Moore. Wearing a green shirt and green and black dress over a black and white Cook Islands shirt.

“I am a citizen too”

Speaker: Robert Martin, MNZM, Committee member of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Wearing a white business shirt and grey tie. Sitting in a boardroom setting with a United Nations flag beside him.

“To have a good life we need all people in New Zealand to work together. This means Government, local government, services, families, disabled people, and all other New Zealanders too. What can you do to make a difference?”

White words on black screen: We are Citizens too

White words on black screen:

Featuring:

David King, National Chairperson, People First New Zealand

Robert Martin, MNZM, UNCRPD Committee member and Life Member of People First New Zealand

Ake Pasilio

Michael Gregory

Wade Ledingham

White words on black screen:

Featuring:

Allyson Moore

Jenna Maguren

Jason Donovan

Aron Hapi

Tracy Tse

Katrina Sneath

White words on black screen:

Thanks to:

Frozen Funds

Makeup artists: Debz and Amanda

Assistants: Marcia Taylor and Sarah Reynolds

Alexia Black – People First New Zealand Communications Manager

Whānau support – Yke Tyoncyo

Helena, Jo, Jesse, and Josie from Film for Change Aotearoa

People First New Zealand logo on a white screen

Film for Change logo and website address (filmforchange.org.nz) on a white screen