Disabled peoples views on how their rights can be better supported are now on record. That's thanks to a report that was officially launched at the end of last year, to great fanfare at the Beehive's Banqueting hall. Inspired by a Canadian based approach to Disability Rights promotion, the Government funded a grouping of disabled peoples organisations to survey the disability community in this country.

Coalition (From L-R) Deaf Aotearoa Chief Executive Rachel Noble, ABC Chief Executive Rose Wilkinson and Coalition Convenor Wendi Wicks, with report.
Coalition (from L to R) Deaf Aotearoa chief executive Rachel Noble, ABC chief executive Rose Wilkinson and coalition convenor Wendi Wicks, with report

Enlisting a team of disabled monitors, site coordinators and interviewers, the Convention Coalition - so named to acknowledge the impetus given the project by the UN Disability Convention - extensively surveyed the disability community over several months. The conclusions are contained in the Report, 'Disability Rights In Aoteroa New Zealand 2010'.

Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia confers with Alexia Pickering.
Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia confers with Alexia Pickering