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Universal Periodic Review: Do New Zealanders Have Their Human Rights Upheld?

The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?

The Universal Periodic Review is an important opportunity for individuals, NGOs and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights for everyone. What people and communities say can influence future developments. It isn’t just about writing reports. Communities will be consulted on what’s important for them. UPR 13/14 is an opportunity to work with other like minded groups, and to lobby the Government to make voluntary commitments and/or accept recommendations made by the working group following the UPR 13/14 process.

The Commission is offering free workshops to support civil society in UPR 13/14. In addition there will be opportunities to engage in discussions with government officials in April/May and subsequently to comment on the draft New Zealand government report. The Commission would also welcome the opportunity to discuss key issues with community groups and individuals to feed into the UPR 13/14 process.

The workshop dates and times for 2013 are:

  • Auckland          26 March (1.30 – 4.30pm) Auckland Law School
  • Wellington        4 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Christchurch      11 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Dunedin           16 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Hamilton          7 May (1.30-4.30)
  • Invercargill      9 May (Time TBC)

Please contact Michael White on michaelw@hrc.co.nz if:

  • You wish to attend one of the Commission’s workshops;
  • Would like to receive further emails about how to be involved in the UPR process;
  • If you or your organization are hosting an event where the Commission could talk about UPR 13/14; or
  • You would like the Commission to assist with facilitating co-ordinated engagement from your sector.

In the meantime for more information on UPR 13/14 and how you can get involved see: http://www.hrc.co.nz/international-human-rights-new/faqs-for-upr-1314

The Commission looks forward to working with you around UPR 13/14 to ensure the full and active engagement of civil society organisations across the country, helping to garner actual positive changes on the ground.

Nationwide Disability Services Consumer Forums 2013 Schedule 18 Feb – 25 March

2013 consumer forums

The Ministry of Health would like to hear your comments and ideas about the disability services they purchase.

More information please see here http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/disability-projects-and-programmes/consumer-forums-hui-fono/2013-consumer-forums

The Ministry of Health is committed to enabling people with disabilities to lead a good life. Disability Support Services staff will be travelling to towns around NZ to let you know what the Ministry plans to do over the next few years. Your questions, comments and ideas will help them to get it right.

Who attends?

If you are a person with a disability, a family member or friend of a person with a disability we would welcome your attendance at these forums. You do not need to be a current user of Ministry-funded disability support services.

Where will the forums be held?

Four forums, one hui and one fono are being held in both the North and South Islands. The schedule below shows when they are coming to your area. Hui and fono will focus on improving disability services to Maori and Pasifika peoples.

How to register

It is important that you register if you would like to come along, for catering. You can register using the 0800 phone number OR the text number OR register online OR the email address below:

Sign Language Interpreters will be available at each meeting, other language interpreters will be arranged on request.

What topics will be covered?

  • the new model for supporting people with a disability
  • respite
  • individualised funding
  • choices in community living
  • supported living options
  • carer support
  • child and youth projects
  • behaviour support

It is hoped the forums, hui and fono will provide you with useful information and give you an opportunity to share ideas and give feedback.

Schedule of Disability Services Consumer Forums 2013

Locations, Dates, Meeting Times and Venues

  • Whangarei Forum: Monday 18 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Kingsgate Hotel Whangarei 9 Riverside Drive Whangarei
  • Auckland Fono: Tuesday 19 February 9:30am – 2:00pm Waipuna Hotel 58 Waipuna Rd Mt. Wellington, Auckland
  • Auckland Forum: Wednesday 20 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Waipuna Hotel 58 Waipuna Rd Mt. Wellington, Auckland
  • Hamilton Forum: Thursday 21 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Kingsgate Hotel Hamilton 100 Garnet Ave Te Rapa Hamilton
  • Hamilton Hui: Friday 22 February 9:30am – 2:00pm Kirikiriroa Marae 180 Dey Street, Hamilton East
  • Napier Forum: Monday 25 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Napier Memorial Conference Centre 48 Marine Parade Napier
  • Christchurch Forum: Monday 18 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue Christchurch
  • Christchurch Hui: Tuesday 19 March 9:30am – 2:00pm Rehua Marae 79 Springfield Road Christchurch
  • Christchurch Fono: Wednesday 20 March 9.30am – 2.00pm Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue Christchurch
  • Dunedin Forum: Thursday 21 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind Cnr Hillside and Law Streets, South Dunedin
  • Invercargill Forum: Friday 22 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust 135 Bowmont Street Invercargill
  • Wellington Forum: Monday 25 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Brentwood Hotel 9 Kemp Street Kilbirnie Wellington

Public Info Seminars about Ministry of Health’s Information Sharing Changes: Invercargill, Auckland, Nelson

Youthline Southland Seek Volunteers in Invercargill

Do you live in Invercargill? Or know someone who does? Youthline Southland are looking for some awesome volunteers to start in the July intake! Volunteering is a fun way to develop personally, give something back to your community and help other people out!

To find out more have a read of this application pack

For further  information:
Email: southland@youthline.co.nz
Phone: (03) 211 0031
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