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Disability News: New Zealand

  • Synopsis: Submitted news stories and articles from North and South Island of New Zealand including medical related press releases news and coming events.

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Latest facts and statistics, news, and information of interest for persons with disabilities in New Zealand, an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.

Disability Statistics New Zealand

The New Zealand population is aging, with the proportion of the population aged over 65 years growing, and this group has a higher likelihood of being disabled than younger adults or children.

A survey was carried out in 2013, with 23,000 disabled and non-disabled children and adults, plus 1,000 adults living in residential care facilities, interviewed across the country.

In 2013, almost one in four New Zealanders were identified as disabled, according to the New Zealand Disability Survey released today by Statistics New Zealand. This was up from 20 percent in 2001.

A total of 1.1 million people (24 percent of the population) were identified as disabled. The results show that 11 percent of children and 27 percent of adults were limited in their daily activities by a range of impairments.

The most common impairment type for adults was a physical limitation, which affected more women than men. For children, the most common impairment type was difficulty with learning. This affected more boys than girls.

Disability rates varied across the country, with the Auckland region reporting a lower-than-average rate (19 percent). Four regions - Taranaki, Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Manawatu-Wanganui - had higher-than-average disability rates.

Two in 10 people in the Auckland region were limited in their daily lives by long-term impairment, compared with 3 in 10 people living in the Taranaki and Northland regions.

New Zealand Disability Resources

The New Zealand Disability Strategy provides a framework for removing barriers to disabled people's full participation in society.

The New Zealand Office for Disability Issues is a focal point within government on disability issues. They promote and monitor implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy, lead cross-sector policy development, and support the Minister for Disability Issues -

DPA is the collective voice of people with disability in New Zealand based on principles of human rights and equal value of life. DPA represents People with all types of impairments - physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric and neurological, acquired at any stage of life, families of people with disability, disability advocacy organizations, disability service providers.

New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committees website provides information about the ethical review of health and disability research, and contains information for researchers, study participants and ethics committee members -

Latest New Zealand Publications

  1. New Zealand Transport Accessibility Survey
    Survey regarding way persons with disabilities, and without, viewed transport, how often they used it and what barriers there were in accessing New Zealand transport services.
  2. Plans to Withdraw New Zealand Disability Legal Services Discriminatory
    Auckland Disability Law Community Law Center in New Zealand exclusively provides direct specialist legal services to disabled people.
  3. Fiji Services for Women with Disabilities Needs Improvement
    Women with disabilities are among the most vulnerable when it comes to gender-based violence.
  4. InterACT Disability Arts Festival
    InterACT Festival will include more than 30 performances workshops and forums at Corbans Estate Arts Center in Henderson and Glen Eden Playhouse.
  5. Council Disability Leadership Group - Auckland, NZ
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown has announced the membership of Auckland Councils Disability Leadership Group.

Full List of New Zealand Documents (14 Items)


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