Quick update (ending 25th May)

Kia ora Inclusive NZ whanau

Just to remind you that Inclusive NZ will be hosting a forum in Wellington on 17 July on flexible and responsive organisations in a rapidly changing environment. Registrations are open now. Please visit the link above to see the flyer and to download the registration form. Return completed registration form to [email protected] by Monday 1 July.

1)     ACC Living my Life RFA 2018

2)     World Health Assembly delegates agree on a new five-year strategic plan.

3)     Application for the Working Together More Fund is open now.

4)     Euthanasia bill timetable extended as record 35,000 submissions received.

5)     New Zealand’s most prestigious women’s leadership conference

6)     Photo Competition! Capturing life with a disability – through a lens.

7)     Inclusive NZ Media Watch


1)     ACC Living my Life RFA 2018

Living my Life RFA is now live on GETS for you or your organisation to consider responding to.

GETS release date Wednesday 23th May 2018 10.00am.

GETS reference –

  • RFx ID – 19616792
  • RFx Title – Living My Life 2018 Request for Application

 It is a requirement of the RFA that organisations be a member of peak body. Please share with your networks and let them know to contact Chief Executive Michael White should they wish to discuss becoming a member of Inclusive NZ.

2)     World Health Assembly delegates agree on a new five-year strategic plan

Health Ministers and representatives from many organisations met this week for The World Health Assembly working to improve health policies.

Delegates attending the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) agreed to follow a new five-year plan designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3.

The ambitious plan sets three targets to be achieved by 2023.

1)     An extra one billion people benefiting from universal health coverage.

2)     An additional one billion people to be better protected from health emergencies.

3)     One billion more people enjoying improved health and wellbeing.

The WHO estimates that achieving this “triple billion” target could save 29 million lives.

The Organisation’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is “ambitious” because “it must be,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the Assembly.

The delegates will also make decisions on International Health Regulations (2005), the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), physical activity, digital health, assistive technology, polio virus, and health conditions in the occupied Palestine territory.

To read more about the 71st World Health Assembly click through to the link.

3)     The Working Together More Fund exists to support collaboration.

If your organisation is developing or considering a collaboration or merger, the Working Together Fund (WTMF) might be able to assist you.

The aim of the fund is to assist community groups to make a greater difference for the people and communities they serve.

Size of grant:

$30,000.00 for mergers.

$20,000.00 for collaborations.

To find out the criteria for the grant click through to the link.

Closing date for the next application will be on 6th July 2018.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions to read more about the grant.

For further information, contact Bede Martin – [email protected] or 021 230 2908.

4)     Euthanasia bill timetable extended as a record 35,000 submissions have been received

A record 35,000 submissions were received for the End of Life Choice Bill according to the Justice Select Committee report. The bill has been extended for six months for a second time because so many people want to have their say.

The Select Committee MPs will hold meetings around the country to hear oral public opinions from 3,500 people and it will submit a final report to Parliament at the end of March next year.

The aim of the bill is to “make it legal for those with a terminal illness or irremediable medical condition the choice of assisted death” says MP, David Seymour.

However, disability advocates opposed the proposed euthanasia law, claiming it could apply to people with intellectual disabilities.

“This choice – under this legislation – sends a message to society that the lives of disabled people are not worth living,” says the disability rights commissioner, Paula Tesoriero.

The full report can be found here.

5)     New Zealand’s most prestigious women’s leadership conference.

Women and Leadership New Zealand will be hosting a two-day conference on “New Zealand’s most prestigious women’s” on 5th and 6th June 2018, at Cordis (Formerly The Langham Hotel), Auckland.

The aim of the conference is to share the experience of New Zealand’s best and brightest women. Topics such as gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfilment will be covered at the conference.

To register for the conference visit the highlighted link.

6)     Photo Competition! Capturing life with a disability – through a lens

Applications for the ‘Life through a Lens’ photography competition, which is organised by the Firstport website are open now.

The Firstport website is an organisation that supports people with disabilities to explore their options, discover support networks and live more independent lives.The aim of the competition is to change the pictures on the Firstport website to fully reflect the target audience, by using photos that portray real life.

You can participate in the competition in the following categories:

  • Your daily life
  • Leisure and travel
  • Growing up
  • Community
  • Sport and hobbies
  • Assistive technology
  • Support networks

Applications are open until 5 pm Sunday, 15th July 2018.

To read more about the competition and upload your photos visit the highlighted link.

7)     Inclusive NZ Media Watch

Below is some extra news around disability that we think you might be interested in reading.

Hamilton Primary School Kids Learn About Epilepsy

Telehealth a clot-busting game-changer for Kiwi stroke patients

Can caffeine prevent disability in mildly preterm babies?

Helping kids living with disabilities get a chance to emulate their sporting heroes

$10,000 donation: What they thought a scam was an ‘absolute godsend’

Blind Foundation library service now open to all

Young woman’s electric wheelchair stolen from her home in Whangārei

Bay of Plenty District Health Board failed patient: Health & Disability Commissioner

Kaitāia woman charged with stealing from disability charity can be named as Toddy Shepherd

Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Nga Mihi

Inclusive NZ team