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Changing Minds Monthly Forum: Manurewa, 28 March 2013

The following is information concerning this month’s Changing Minds Forum:

Changing Minds and Affinity’s Diane Hewitt recently met with a large group of the community in order to gain their feedback on how they feel mental health and addictions services are doing when it comes to partnership with those people utilising services.

With a full report drafted, Changing Minds staff and Diane will be presenting the report back to the community.

When: Thursday 28th March, 1-3pm

Where: Nathan Homestead, Manurewa.

Who: All welcome, and it is especially hoped that people who came along to the February forum discussion about partnership will come back and see the amazing report that has been written. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. The team would like to check with you that they have made good use of the knowledge and experience that was shared with them last time.

The discussion will be facilitated by Joey MacDonald (Changing Minds) and Diane Hewitt (Affinity Services).

Some light refreshments will be available.

For brief details on the discussion that took place in February, please see this article.

WINZ Reviewing How They Work with People with Disabilities and Health Conditions

WINZ is seeking your views on how to assist disabled people and people with health conditions into work.

As part of the Government’s wider review of the welfare system, Work and Income is developing proposals for changing the way it works with disabled clients and clients with a health condition or mental-health condition.

To ensure the new approach is well-grounded we want people to share their views about what it will take to assist these jobseekers into work. Please go to www.msd.govt.nz/healthanddisability to share your views. This survey will be open to 5pm on Thursday 31 January.

The feedback will contribute to the development of proposals to be in place from 15 July 2013, and to a longer term work programme to assist disabled people and people with a health condition who can work, to have the opportunity to achieve that.

WINZ have held two public meetings and six sector workshops in November and December 2012.

There will also be an additional public workshop in Wellington on Thursday 31 January 2013 at St John’s Church hall (cnr Willis and Dixon Streets), 9.30 am to midday.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP to msd_events@msd.govt.nz, and also advise any assistance you may need to enable you to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Hawker on 04 978 4142 or Sacha O’Dea on 04 916 3883. Alternatively you can email Anne.Hawker011@msd.govt.nz or Sacha.ODea001@msd.govt.nz

Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Seeks Community Input

In July last year Owen Glenn announced that he would fund an independent inquiry to establish why domestic violence and child abuse remains such a major problem in New Zealand and to identify what needs to be done to address this issue.

If you have personal experience of child abuse or domestic violence or work with those who do the Glenn Inquiry team would like to hear from you!

Visit their newly launched website for more information at www.glenninquiry.org.nz

Follow the link below to check out the first newsletter from the Glenn Inquiry https://glenninquiry.org.nz/uploads/files/TheGlennInquiry_Newsletter.pdf



Consultation on Changes to Benefits 25 October 2012

Paula Bennett has set out her latest proposals for changes to welfare benefits for consultation.  These will mean changes to sickness and invalids benefits, the way disability allowance is paid, and the DPB CSI.

Auckland Disability Law invites you, your whanau and friends to a Community Hui to discuss the proposed changes and to learn how to make a submission.

The hui will look at these changes from a Rights based framework and will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Government’s obligation under this convention.

Come and share your views and ideas.

Please let ADL know if you are coming and if you need and NZSL interpreter. Numbers limited

Full information about the select committee process can be found here: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Legislation/Bills/5/2/a/00DBHOH_BILL11634_1-Social-Security-Benefit-Categories-and-Work-Focus.htm

Submissions are due Thursday 1 November.

Thursday 25 October 2012,

9.30am – 12pm (tea and coffee from 9-00am)

Mangere Community Law Centre, off Waddon Place, Mangere

Your Voice on Accessibility Issues: 30 March 2012

This is a reminder to give feedback on the Human Rights Commission’s discussion paper called the “Wider Journey”. Feedback is due by 30th March 2012.

This paper looks at accessibility issues, especially in three areas 1) access to buildings and open spaces 2) access to information and 3) independent voting. The Commission will appreciate all feedback. Feedback can include:

  • comments on this document
  • comments of the recommendations in this document
  • share with us any previous papers that your group / organisation may have written covering accessibility issues.

The Wider Journey is available in a range of accessible formats here.

Feedback can be given by phoning Infoline on 0800 496 877, by email to Infoline@hrc.co.nz or via the online form (web link below). If you want to give feedback another way please let us know.

You can now send your feedback in NZSL through Seeflow – a new web service specialising in NZSL translations. This service is confidential and free to those providing feedback in NZSL.

What happens after 30th March?

Feedback will be used to write a final report on accessibility issues. The final paper will be used to:

  • inform the annual report of Disability Convention independent monitoring mechanism, that will identify areas for action
  • inform the Commission’s report to the UN on New Zealand’s implementation of the Disability Convention (CRPD)
  • support ongoing Commission advocacy
  • encouraging community action.

Draft Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Auckland Council is now seeking feedback on their Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

The plan is now out for discussion until 31 January 2012.

With the creation of one council in Auckland, they want to streamline the different waste management systems set up by the seven legacy councils, to help deliver waste services more efficiently, find better ways to reuse resources, and send less to landfill.

The way we manage waste affects all Aucklanders, both now and in the future. Our ultimate aspirational aim is to reach for “Zero Waste”, as part of our ambition to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city.

We want to hear what you think of the proposals in the draft plan and your ideas on how we deal with waste in Auckland.

Have your say by 4pm 31 January 2012.

Visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/wasteplan to download a copy of the full plan, summary document and complete an online submission form. You can also pick up a copy of the plan, summary and freepost submission form, from your local board office, council service centre or library. For more information call 09 301 0101.

Draft Auckland Plan – TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY

Draft Auckland Plan released

The Auckland Council has released its ‘Draft Auckland Plan” which aims to define the character of the Super City and will have direct implications for the performance of the New Zealand economy and for the people and businesses which live and trade within the greater Auckland area.

The Draft Auckland Plan, and accompanying documents, are the Auckland Council’s blueprint to transform Auckland into the “world’s most liveable city” over the next 30 years.  This is a major task – which may explain why the documentation runs to more than 500 pages, not including the technical and background papers.

Pacific peoples’ futures                                                                                                           

Pacific peoples’ futures are tied up with Auckland’s future, so it is important that Pacific communities, leaders and organisations are engaged in the Draft Auckland Plan submission process.  The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs strongly recommends Pacific communities, leaders and organisations to start planning your response to the plan now.

Access information about the plan and a copy of the plan

You can see a copy of the plan and other reports by going to this link: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/PlansPoliciesPublications/theaucklandplan/DRAFTAUCKLANDPLAN/Pages/home.aspx

Provide your feedback and have your say  

Check out this link to see how you can have your say: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/PlansPoliciesPublications/theaucklandplan/haveyoursay/Pages/home.aspx

You can have your say in various ways.

Submissions must be received by 4pm Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Large print – a PDF of the large print version of the Draft Auckland Plan Executive Summary can be downloaded from HERE. 

Reference copies will be distributed to libraries, service centres and local board offices. The public are also welcome to request a large print copy be posted out to them. Requests can be emailed to theaucklandplan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz