Dyslexic font:

Engaging with the Deaf community

It is important for the MidCentral Deaf community to know how Mana Whaikaha will work for Deaf people.

This Deaf Aotearoa report reviews the engagement throughout the government’s work on the changes to the disability support system.

View the Deaf Aotearoa report  (PDF, 696 KB, 11 pages)

In this report – video updates are mentioned.

View the Representatives on the MidCentral Leadership Group video

This report highlights a number of recommendations to support communications about the transformation of the disability support system for the Deaf community.

View the Communications about the Transformation of the Disability Support System for the Deaf Community report (PDF, 4.8 MB, 52 pages)

In this report – videos are mentioned.

View the EGL vision and principle videos (external website)  

View the Report Recommendations NZSL video (external website)

These reports are presented to support discussion with the Deaf community about how to increase the understanding of Mana Whaikaha within the Deaf community. The opinions expressed in the reports reflect input from members of the Deaf Community. They are not necessarily reflective of the opinions of the Ministry of Health or Government policy. Redactions have been made to some names and role titles of identifiable people, or where they could be identifiable, in accordance with provisions in the Official Information Act.

The Ministry is organising a workshop to discuss these reports and develop a way forward to support engagement with the Deaf community in MidCentral about Mana Whaikaha. This workshop will be in Palmerston North on Tuesday 2 April.

View the agenda for this meeting (PDF, 80 KB, 1 pages)

We want to ensure there is effective engagement with the Deaf community about system transformation. We are committed to our obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consult with Disabled People’s Organisations on decisions that affect the disability groups that they have a mandate to represent.  The consultation does not substitute or replace relationships and engagement with other organisations or groups.

Following the workshop, we will update this page with further opportunities for the Deaf community to be involved and provide feedback.  At this stage, our focus is on increasing awareness and understanding of system transformation within the MidCentral region.  Ideas and questions from the Deaf community are welcomed anytime through the following email address.