As we head into the last few weeks of a year none of us will ever forget, I want to invite you to a special Access Alliance update on the “framework to accelerate progress towards accessibility in Aotearoa New Zealand”.
We all know that accessibility is fundamental to creating equitable communities for all New Zealanders, in good times and bad. Yet with every day that goes by without accessibility legislation, many Kiwis with access needs continue to be hindered from full participation in society. And business and society miss out on the benefits too!
In the upcoming months, the Access Alliance will focus on building momentum with our new Government as well as growing visibility, understanding and engagement at a public and business level.
A big part of this effort will be mobilising our movement to make sure all political parties know that now is the time to address the gaps in our society and allow it to flourish; creating a stronger and more resilient Aotearoa New Zealand for us all.
Please join us for further discussion at our special Access Alliance update.
When: 7:00-8:00pm, Tuesday 8 December 2020
Where: Zoom (a link will be sent to you after you RSVP)
What: A December Update from the Access Alliance on the ‘Framework to Accelerate Progress Towards Accessibility in Aotearoa New Zealand’, and what this means for creating more inclusive communities.
RSVP: Please complete the form below.
Let’s make 2021 a year not to forget, but for reasons related to achieving our goal.
We look forward to seeing you at the update.
Chief Executive, Kāpō Māori Aotearoa
Chair, Access Alliance
Winners and sponsors of the 2020 Access Alliance People's Choice Accessibility Awards for Business on stage with Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Hon Alfred Ngaro, Jenny Salesa MP, Chrissie Cowan, Access Alliance Chair and CEO Kāpo Māori Aotearoa.
Launched in 2020, the Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business is a way for people with access needs, and their whānau, to recognise businesses who are making a difference through the provision of accessible goods and services for disabled people, seniors, carers of young children, the temporarily injured, migrants and people for whom English is a second language.
The inaugural 2020 Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business, attracted 40 nominations and nearly 1000 unique voters. Small, medium and large businesses, from Northland to Southland, were nominated by those in their communities who appreciated their efforts in modelling accessibility, proving that accessibility is good for business.
In a stunning presentation attended by a range of dignitaries including the Minister for Disability Issues Hon Carmel Sepuloni, businesses and organisations who have opened their doors - be they physical or virtual - to all customers, irrespective of access needs, were rewarded and recognised for their efforts.
The 2021 Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business
When nominations open in February, the 2021 Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business will be an opportunity to showcase examples of businesses providing accessibility in challenging times and in different domains of everyday life including the digital space, the built environment, social inclusion, education, employment, leisure, goods, services, tourism and hospitality.
The 2021 Access Alliance People’s Choice Awards for Accessible Business presentation will be held in June 2020 (date to be announced) in a 90 minute hybrid live/virtual event showcasing nominees and ‘domain’ winners - and the accessible innovations they have implemented - in a lively multimedia presentation. The audience and presentation will include people with lived experience of access needs, as well as their whānau, supporters and allies. Invitations will be issued to VIPs including the Prime Minister, the Minister for Disability Issues, the Human Rights Commissioner and other relevant portfolio holders and stakeholders.
The 2021 event will culminate in real-time online voting for the Supreme Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Award for Business.
Winners at the 2020 Inaugural Access Alliance People’s Choice Awards for Business
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Website - It’s Accessible, Auckland
Nominated because “They mentor, educate, and offer advice for the disabled community in an online space”.
It's Accessible's Dean Brennan receiving award, with Access Alliance's Ite Lemalu.
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Retailer – The Warehouse Group, Nationwide
Nominated because “They have a demonstrated commitment to accessibility. They are NZ's first retailer to be awarded the Accessibility Tick".
The Warehouse Group's Tanya Colvin receiving award, on stage with Amy Hogan, Juliana Carvalho and Geethma Weliwatta.
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Service Provider - NextStep New Zealand, Tauranga
Nominated because “They are a gym designed to be fully accessible, welcoming and cater to the needs of a wide range of disabilities, health conditions and/or injuries”.
NextStep's Aaron Balsom on stage receiving award from Chris Orr.
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Education Provider - Auckland University of Technology
Nominated because “They provide essential, practical, and thoughtful support within their Disability Support Services, community, and culture throughout the university”.
AUT's Dr Andrew Codling receiving award, on stage with Amy Hogan and Lisa Reid.
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Social Inclusion - Sign Equity, Canterbury
Nominated because “They go to businesses and shops to teach NZSL so they can communicate with Deaf customers and employees”.
Sign Equity's Brendan Fraser on stage receiving award from Natasha Cloete.
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Transport Provider - Driving Miss Daisy Mangere Bridge, Auckland
Nominated because “They go out of their way to be flexible and responsive to people's individual needs".
Driving Miss Daisy's Justin Bryce receiving award, on stage with Amy Hogan and Vivian Naylor.
2020 People's Choice Best Accessible Employer – Thumbs Up Charitable Trust, Lower Hutt
Nominated because “They accommodate all conditions and don't see someone's disability as a reason to deny them employment".
2020 People's Choice Supreme Accessibility Award - Sign Equity, Canterbury
“This organisation was nominated multiple times in several categories, a testament to the support of their clients and community. It is also an organisation led by a person with lived experience of having an access need, an experience that motivated her to set up this social enterprise”.
Sign Equity's Brendan Fraser receiving award, on stage with Hon Alfred Ngaro, Amy Hogan, Hon Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa MP.