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Auckland Disability Law Still Needs YOU

Public Launch of Open Letter

The Public Launch of Auckland Disability Law’s open letter to Minister Judith Collins held on Thursday 5th July 2012 at Trades Hall was a positive success.

A crowd of over 30 people attended.  Many of them signed as individuals and on behalf of their organisations.

As a result of this hui, the Herald featured a story about disability law, featuring Steering Group Chair Person, Martine Abel,

Click link below for the article


You can also listen to Nicola being interviewed on Checkpoint last week: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2524294/auckland-disability-law-fights-against-closure

A week ago, Auckland Disability Law released and launched their campaign, Save Disability Law.

Since the launch, over 100 individuals have signed up to support Disability Law, and we have received support from these organisations (in alphabetical order):

  • Auckland Action Against Poverty
  • CCS Disability Action
  • DPA Dunedin
  • Green Party of New Zealand
  • Homeworks Trust
  • Kaitaia Community House
  • National Secretary on behalf of New Zealand Public Services Association (PSA)
  • People First
  • PSA Deaf and Disabled Members Network
  • Pukenga Consultancy
  • Service and Food Workers Union SFWU
  • Tamaki Ngati Kapo Inc
  • Te Roopu Waiora Trust
  • The Asian Network Inc.
  • Unite union
  • Youthlaw

It’s not too late to sign!

How to sign

Email your name to info@adl.org.nz and they will add you as an email signatory to our list.

If you are signing on behalf of an organisation, be sure to include your logo.

If your organisation has not yet signed, ask them if they would like to support the cause.

You can also save and print a copy of the Open Letter yourself and send it directly to Minister of Justice Judith Collins http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/judith-collins

What else you can do

You can write your own letter to Minister of Justice Judith Collins.

You can lobby, write to or talk to your Local MP.  Click link for list of MPs http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/ Don’t forget to let Auckland Disability Law know how your communications with them were received.

Write to the newspapers, or put out your own press release

Contact Auckland Disability Law for further information

Follow on Facebook

Search and click the ‘like’ button on the Auckland Disability Law Facebook page

Come to the “Save Disability Law” public meeting

  • Monday 30th July 2012
  • Time 1pm – 3pm
  • Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Further Information

If you require any further information or you are able to help the campaign in any way, please contact us:

Nicola Owen, Development Manager, Auckland Disability Law

MECOSS Cluster Meeting 16 May 2012


  • Wednesday 16th May 2012
  • 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
  • Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St & The Glebe, Howick
  • FREE for members; $5 for non-members

Presenters and topics:

Martine Abel, Programme Advisor Disability: Community Development and Partnerships (Central), Auckland Council

  • Manukau City Council legacy projects and current Auckland Council disability related projects
  • Strategy, policy and Community Development
  • Transport
  • Public facilities and housing
  • Employment
  • Research and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Public libraries services
  • Local Boards
  • Accessible voting and local elections
  • Community engagement

Michele Zackey, CEO, HowPak WrapAround Charitable Trust 

The Howpak Wrap-Around and Strengthening Families will explore what has been learnt from the wonderful families with whom they have worked and how Individualised Funding has contributed to the life opportunities of people with disabilities and their families.

The Howpak Wrap-Around will look at how our multi-systemic service can:

a)   support a family in preparation for an Individualised Funding Application

b)   celebrate and share the stories and life changes that Individualised Funding has made possible in the lives of people and their families.

c)   explore some of the challenges for the families and how they can be empowered through Individualised Funding.

PLEASE RSVP TO admin@mecoss.org.nz 

FREE for members; $5 for non-members