IHC hosts political parties

Media release

24 September 2020


Our political parties’ commitment to people with intellectual disabilities will come under scrutiny at a public forum next week.

IHC is hosting a Disability Sector Election Event on Thursday 1 October to hear politicians talk about their policy priorities for people with disabilities.

The theme of the forum is "all policy issues are disability policy issues."

Representing their party on the panel are Alfred Ngaro 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.

“This election is extremely important to the thousands of New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities, and their whānau,” says IHC Director of Advocacy Trish Grant.

“They need to know how their lives will be improved, rights upheld, and imbalances in quality of life addressed.

“We don’t want to hear vague promises and platitudes – we will be asking for strong, detailed plans and specifics.”

Media are invited and welcome to attend.

The event will be moderated by Susie Ferguson, presenter of Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme.

Up to 100 people are expected to attend, with a similar number following online.

Date: Thursday 1 October 2020
Time: 4pm
Place: Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington Waterfront

For reasons of contact tracing, please provide the names of attendees from your organisation to ihccomms@ihc.org.nz.

This event will be livestreamed, have sign language interpreters and be live captioned.