DLANZ 2015 Anniversary NZ Disability Strategy…Media Release

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Kia Ora today is 1 April 2015...the 14th Anniversary of the launch of N Z Disability Strategy 2011...in Maori / Reo, it means Whakanui Oranga...Making a World of Difference. Here are some thoughts

As Disabled Liberation wrote in our original Manifesto ''The strategy’s aim is to recognize that Disability stems from attitudinal barriers towards people with impairments and, the disabling effects this has on the “Lived” experiences these people face in their endeavors in leading everyday “normal” lives. As of now, this Treaty / Social Contract must be given equal respect to Treaty of Waitangi conditions. This includes having the 1994 Disability Code of Rights given Crown responsibility at the highest level, and used as the model for inspection and implementation. Also, the 1993 Human Rights Act of discrimination of people with disabilities; to be seen as a Criminal offense like Race and Gender invasions." (2007)

In 2013 DISABLED LIBERATION AOTEAROA NZ wrote to the NZ Maori Party where the Strategy was described as “…..Whakanui Oranga NZDS 2001, is a structural frame world strategy that helps identify ignorance from indifference when it comes to setting policies for future generations of Aotearoa.'s Able-bodied / Maarohirohi, and Disabled / Hape (with and without other disabilities Hauaa)”

The document set 15 Objectives where this Sovereignty was supposed to have provided a holistic and inclusive environment, with Crown policies of good practice, to ensure legislation as International Human Rights Covenants include the rights of disabled people.
Of the 15 Objectives, and its vision of a non-disabling society, 4 points are clear
• The Principles of Waitangi are recognized.
• Legislation, policies and other activities should enhance, rather than disable the lives of people with impairments.
• Community based services ensure that disabled people are supported in their own communities and institutionalization is eliminated.
• Disabled people are treated equitably, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, type of impairment or when and how the impairment was acquired.

Given the high number of disabled populations being placed in unemployment and other forms of categories of dependency, then there is still a long path to go before Disabled / Hauaa as a Collective can feel Inclusion (NZDS Objective 1) is achieved. DLANZ feel, as in line with Objective 1 ‘Inclusion’, that a position be held on the Executive of Cabinet, as monitor to ensure that ALL services relating to ALL people are met within the framework of the NZ Disability Strategy 2001

If this set of planning schemes included Disabled concepts…. As we stare out the window…we can only surmise….I see a better future….kia ora to those of the past who are no longer and to those continuing on for disabled’ next generations….men women and children

Doug Hay
DLANZ Coordinator

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