Inclusive NZ has come a long way since its humble beginnings back in 1982 when it was originally known as the NZ Federation of Sheltered Workshops and had 10 members. Much like anything though, this name reflected the social, political and disability sector landscape of its day. But times have changed, so in order for us to reflect the aspirations of disabled people and stay relevant to our members, we have gone through a number of changes over the years.
Our most recent change, in 2015, proudly saw us take on the name Inclusive NZ – a network for change, which has become a guiding principle for us and the work we do. It has also meant a shift towards strategic priorities and a vision, mission and values that align with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and our role as an allied organisation.
Despite these changes, what hasn’t changed over our 34 year history is our commitment to our members who will always remain our number one priority.
To read more about some of our historical highlights, read The Inclusive NZ story so far.