At the recent AGM of People First NZ Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi, one would have been hard-pressed to find something negative to say about the organisation’s progress.

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The National Chairperson’s report by Hamish Taverner outlined the hard work done by the Disabled Persons Organisation in the 2014-2015 year:

  • being involved in the governance of the Government’s Disability Action Plan
  • the launch of 2 new Learn With Us courses – ‘Keeping Safe Feeling Safe’ and ‘Money Smarts Made Easy’
  • the ongoing work behind the scenes to provide a relevant and responsive Disability Information and Advisory Service (DIAS)
  • the steady growth of the Make It Easy translation service.

Regional reports showed that membership is still strong, with 26 current groups meeting monthly around the country and training courses happening for Local Assistants.

Crystal Fang – National Finance Manager, presented a healthy and robust financial report showing that despite a tightening of funding options available nationwide, the organisation is well placed to go into 2016 and keep making a real difference in the lives of people with learning disability. Funding Manager Janet Doughty backed this up, explaining who the Funders of People First NZ are and what projects this has enabled.

Guest Speaker JP Edwards gave a thought-provoking and honest presentation about his journey with People First and the impact that being honoured with Life Membership has made on him.  It was amazing to hear all the different ways that he has been involved with the organisation over the years and it was clear from the Question and Answer session that he has inspired a lot of the new, younger members to think what could be possible for them!

Well done People First NZ and thank you to everyone involved in making sure the organisation continues to do well.

Click here to download the Annual Report