On Thursday 1 October, more than 200 people made their way to Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, both physically and virtually, to hear politicians talk about their policy priorities for people with disabilities.
The politicians representing their parties on the panel were Brett Hudson from the National Party, Erika Harvey from the New Zealand First Party, Greg O’Connor from the Labour Party, Jan Logie from the Green Party and Simon Court from the ACT Party.
Moderated by RNZ’s Susie Ferguson, the panel discussed six areas of focus; education, housing, employment, disability support services and accessibility.
Much of the event was spent discussing education, housing and employment - areas that present challenges for all New Zealanders, but where the crisis is even more dire for people with disabilities.
With impassioned discussion from both the audience and the politicians, we hope that the event revealed the extent of the challenges faced by New Zealanders with disabilities to access their rights and the policy changes that their parties are proposing to ensure a truly inclusive New Zealand.
Watch the Disability Sector Election Event below.