DPO Coalition

MDANZ is now a recognised Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a significant achievement for our Association and means we can now represent the views of our members at the highest levels of government.

Other DPOs currently recognised as part of the Coalition are the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ (DPA), Blind Citizens NZ, People First NZ, Deaf Aotearoa, Kāpō Māori Aotearoa, and Balance Aotearoa. We have joined these groups as the 7th member of the DPO Coalition. 

[Tristram Ingham and Ronelle Baker in attendance as the appointed board and management representatives for MDANZ, being welcomed to the DPO Coalition at the September 2018 meeting]  


DPOs have a mandated role to work with government to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New Zealand.  The CRPD is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations, established to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. As former Green MP Mojo Mathers said when she spoke at our 2016 AGM, “The CRPD is important to everyone. When everyone participates, everyone benefits.”  It is our time to speak up, get involved, and make a positive difference in this space.

Find out more about the Convention here.

Disability Action Plan 

The current Disability Action Plan (2014-2018) is due for renewal.  The Office for Disability Issues is now carrying out consultation with the disability community to determine the priority actions for the new Disability Action Plan (2019 – 2022). 

Consultation workshops are planned around the country.  Visit the following website to find out about workshops that may be happening in your area and to RSVP:  https://www.odi.govt.nz/whats-happening/disability-action-plan-2019-2022-feedback-workshops/
To view a copy of the current action plan, visit www.odi.govt.nz/nz-disability-strategy/disability-action-plan/

Have your say!

These are the current surveys and public consultation processes underway.

Click on the relevant link to go through to the relevant site.

The IDA Global Survey seeks the opinions of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs)  on how their government, the UN and donors are including people with disabilities at all stages of their programming and in all areas, http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/global-survey 

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is looking for feedback and ideas on the future of the welfare system, http://www.weag.govt.nz/

To view Ministry of Health consultations, visit https://consult.health.govt.nz/

To view NZ Government consultations, visit https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/consultations-have-your-say/consultations-listing/

To read more about System Transformation visit https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/disability-projects/disability-support-system-transformation