December Disability Directorate Update
The Ministry of Health has released the December Disability Directorate Update. It has information on a lot of things including:COVID-19 mask exemption cards and where you can get them. Free online training available on mental health care of people with an intellectual disability provided by the University of New South Wales The results of the 2019/20 New…
New Rangiora and Kaiapoi Park & Ride
Metro has announced a new Rangiora and Kaiapoi Park & Ride service. The 91 Rangiora – City direct and 92 Kaiapoi – City direct will run Monday to Friday and will each have four morning trips to the central city, and five afternoon trips back to each town. You can find the timetables and more…
A Study in the Era of COVID 19
Refugee Resettlement and Support Services in Auckland have released A Study in the Era of COVID 19. The Executive Summary of the study says “The study describes multiple systemic barriers to former refugee groups receiving adequate and equitable support in New Zealand health, housing, income support, education and social services. Access to services is limited by language…
Face Mask Exemption Card
The Ministry of Health has announced a face mask exemption card. This is for people who have a disability or health condition that means they can’t wear a face covering safely or comfortably. At the moment in NZ, people travelling on public transport in Auckland and people travelling on planes throughout NZ need to wear a mask.
Bus System Changes
There are going to be some bus system changes. These changes mean that many services change to a different operator, and a different bus may be used on your route. If you are used to having a Red Bus branded vehicle on your route, it may now be a Go Bus branded vehicle instead, and vice versa. Your…
Draft Guidelines on The Right to a Decent Home
The Human Rights Commission has released draft guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa/Aratohu tika tangata ki te whai whare rawaka i Aotearoa. You can view them here, on the Human Rights Commissions website. The purpose of the Guidelines is to clarify for individuals and communities, local and national government, what the right to…
New Kāinga Ora Homes in Bryndwr
Kāinga Ora is getting consent to build 34 new homes in Bryndwr. There will be a mix of 1 – 5 bedroom units. Some will be accessible-friendly. Car parking will be available on site, and the redevelopment will be well-landscaped.
Depending on how long the consenting takes, they expect demolition and construction would get underway early to mid-2021,…
2020 General Election Forum
The 2020 General Election Forum is happening on Saturday 19 September. It’s at the Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue from 1 pm – 4 pm. Afternoon tea and NZSL intepreters will be provided. It’s organised by the Deaf Society of Canterbury and the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ.
There will be speeches and a question and answer…
Voices Project Report Released
The Voices Project Report has been released. You can read the report here. It aims to highlight the concerns of people with profound disabilities and those who care for them. It is filled with stories from whanau caring for family members with high and complex needs. They share their experiences and frustrations with the disability system. The report…
Internet Safety Guide for People with Autism
WizCase has released an internet safety guide for people with autism. You can read the guide on their website. It’s written quite simply and has lots of graphics and bullet points to explain things. It covers common online issues that might be even harder for people with autism to deal with:Cyberbullying Understanding context of online messages Scams,…
Weekly Survey for the Disability Community
The Office for Disability Issues is starting a weekly Survey for the Disability Community. You can find out more about it here. The survey is about the issues and risks being experienced by disabled people in the COVID-19 environment. The questions will be about things like information, safety, and how you are going. There are also links…
Disabled Person-Led Monitoring Research
The Donald Beasley institute has been carrying out disabled person-led monitoring research on behalf of the government and the Disabled Persons Organisation Coalition.
In 2019, they interviewed more than 70 disabled people and their whānau about housing. These housing reports are expected to be released soon. Now they are beginning to focus on health and wellbeing services. One of…
Health and Disability System Review Report Released
The final Health and Disability System Review Report has been released. The Health and Disability System Review aimed to “take a system-wide approach to what needs to change to ensure our future system achieves better and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders.” You can read the report on the Minstry of Health website.
Additional Supports for Frontline Health and Disability Workers
The government has announced additional supports for frontline health and disability workers. These include:Temporary accommodation if they are living with a vulnerable person A phone counselling service A clinical advice number
They were announced on International Nurses Day (May 12) by the Health Minister David Clark. You can read more information about it on the Beehive website.
COVID-19 Early Learning Bulletins
The Ministry of Education has put out some special COVID-19 early learning bulletins. He Pānui Kōhungahunga is the bulletin for the early learning sector to communicate important information, changes and events. Key messages covered in them include:ECE Operational Funding update Supporting staff Home learning kits for children Bubble size clarification Control measures to deliver COVID-19 strategies Accessing…
Alert Level 3 Information
The government has released some Alert Level 3 information. You can read it on the official COVID-19 website. It includes information about personal movement, schools, work, transport, socialising, recreation, gatherings and how at risk people can continue to stay safe. We are still in Alert Level 4 at the moment, the government will announce on Monday if we are…
COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities
The Ministry of Health has released some COVID-19 information for people with disabilities and their family and whānau. You can find all the information here. It includes assessment and testing, information about alert level 4, accessing support, how to stay safe, useful links and an easy-to-read section.
The Ministry of Health has a lot of information on their…
Total Mobility Subsidy Increased
The NZTA announced today that the subsidy for Total Mobility taxi trips is being increased to up to $70 per trip, while NZ is at COVID-19 alert levels 3 and 4, up until 30 June 2020.
This document explains more about this and has answers to questions you may have about the subsidy. Here are some of…
Temporary Extension of Expired Vehicle Documents
The NZTA has announced a temporary extension of expired vehicle documents during the COVID-19 lockdown. This includes Warrant of Fitness (WOFs), Certificate of Fitness (COFs), driver licences, drivers licence endorsements & vehicle certifications. There is more information on their website and on this question and answer sheet.
The NZTA has also released a TWIRL checklist…
Changes to Funded Family Care Delayed
Changes to Funded Family Care have been delayed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Ministry of Health and Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) organisation have been planning to transition current Funded Family Care arrangements to an alternative support option. However, the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the Ministry of Health has delayed changes to…
Easy Read Information about COVID-19 and Support
People First New Zealand have created some easy to read information about COVID-19 and support you can receive during lockdown. You can go to their website to read easy to read information about COVID-19 and here to read about support from WINZ. More information will be added to the People First pages soon.
People First New…
COVID-19 Welfare Sheet
The government has just released a COVID-19 welfare fact sheet, it has everything you need to know in one place. It has information about health, food, financial support, accommodation, schooling, travel and animal welfare. It also has phone numbers you can call for help. You can read it here.
The official government COVID-19 website has a…
Christchurch City Mission services available
The Christchurch City Mission is still providing services during the lockdown. They are still running their foodbank and delivering food, operating their emergency accommodation units and residential detox recovery unit, and doing social work and addiction counselling over the phone. You can read more about this here. Christchurch City Mission services are still available during the lockdown, maybe…
Tangihana Guidelines during lockdown
The Ministry of Health has released new guidelines for tangihana during the lockdown. You can read the new guidelines here. If you need help or advice about this, you may wish to contact your kaiwhakarite. You can get in touch with your iwi and hapū organisations, marae, local social services provider or local Civil Defence Emergency…
Using a Taxi during COVID-19
The Ministry of Transport has released a factsheet that has advice for people using taxis. You are allowed to use a taxi if you are going to the supermarket, pharmacy or vet, accessing routine medical services (not related to COVID-19) or a couple with shared custody moving your children between homes. You can also use a taxi if…
Total Mobility Use During The COVID-19 Lockdown
The government has advised that Total Mobility users who use their Total Mobility card to get half-price taxi fares, can continue to use their card for the purpose of visiting essential services such as a supermarket, chemist or medical centre during the COVID-19 lockdown. They have also released some guidelines to help keep you safe, you can
Guidelines for Individualised funding during COVID-19
Do you employ staff directly to help with care? The Ministry of Health has released some guidelines that are for people who are on Individualised Funding, Enhanced Individualised Funding, and Enabling Good Lives/Mana Whaikaha Personal Budgets during COVID-19. These guidelines are for during the COVID-19 lockdown. It has some helpful advice and links for other places you can…
Bill passed to fund election candidates with disabilities
A bill has been passed to fund election candidates with disabilities. The bill will establish a fund to help support disabled general and local election candidates. The bill to fund election candidates with disabilities has passed its final reading which means it will become law. This means the Electoral Commission will administer a fund to cover disability-related costs of…
Protect Yourself Against the Coronavirus
There is a disease called COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The government has all the important information on their website. The likelihood of a widespread outbreak in New Zealand, with continued vigilance, is low. You can still work to protect yourself against the coronavirus though. The Ministry of Health and government are closely monitoring the situation. They are having…
MORE PEOPLE GETTING INTO WORK
The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off and more people are getting into work…. Read here for more From Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last…
Demand for Disability Services has Soared
Demand for disability services has soared. Thousands of people with disabilities and their families have come forward for the first time… Reporter: Catherine Hutton RNZ
The government is spending $24 million over two years on three new pilot programmes in Manawatū, Waikato and Christchurch to make disabled services more available from a younger age. The Disability Support Network,…
Get involved with MOH Community Conversations
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DISABILITY DIRECTORATE LIVESTREAM CONVERSATION 17 OCTOBER FROM 6PM TO 7PM
It was good to see Adri Isbister – Deputy Director-General Disability, Ministry of Health in Christchurch recently. Adri has been travelling the Country to work collaboratively with disabled people, their family and whanau, carers and providers. Community conversations and workshops are being held to…
A peep into the future
In August, we were privileged to have a peep into the future as part of I-Create, a global conference held in Canberra, Australia. I-Create is an international convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. An amazing and informative event featuring futuristic ideas to remove barriers for those with disabilities or impairments, we are grateful to New Zealand Federation of…
“Beautiful’ to help people
“Beautiful’ to help people.
What makes you motivated to go to work each day? To do your best and meet the goals and objectives set before you. Living with a disability can be “upsetting” (as stated by Winnie) – the difference we can make is in the work we do which spurs individuals on to make the world in which…
Changes to Family Funded Care
The government have recently announced changes to Funded Family Care. A raft of changes which include pay rates for carers from minimum wage to a maximum of $25.50 per house, for carers with a family member or spouse that has high needs due to disability, health conditions, mental health, addition or old age.
The changes will come in to effect…
Caregiving Parents and Partners to be paid
The government has announced that caregiving parents and partners of disabled people are to be paid.
(Article from stuff.co.nz) The Government is set to inject $32 million into paying parents and partners to care for people with high support needs and is scrapping an unusual employment situation those people are in.
John Forman has two adult…