Mojo Mathers
Access and Inclusion: FAQ (Part 1: Captioning)

Last week we launched our election disability policy priorities which received good coverage here and here. I have had some questions about different aspects of our policy, particularly on captioning which I will answer here. Why captioning? Current levels of captioning are woefully inadequate in New Zealand. Only 25% of broadcast TV is captioned compared […]

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Human Rights Amendment Bill fundamentally flawed

Some significant flaws have been uncovered in recent days in the Government’s Human Rights amendment Bill. During Select Committee hearings, one high profile and hugely experienced human rights campaigner even urged for bill to be withdrawn altogether. A key concern among critics is that the Bill could jeopardise the UN’s accreditation of our Human Rights […]

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Future proofing social housing

Social housing is an important means for providing affordable housing for those who are not able to afford private housing and fills a fundamental human right. Currently there is a serious lack of accessible housing for disabled people or older people with mobility impairments, forcing people into unsuitable housing that doesn’t meet their needs. Aging […]

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Palm oil on the label

The number of words that you will find on products at the supermarket instead of ‘palm oil’ is astounding. Anything containing the words “Palmitate” or “Palmate” Elaeis guineensis Hydrated Palm Glycerides Hexadecanoic or Palmitic Acid Vegetable oil “stearate, stearyl” Anything containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate […]

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DeafView3, WFD and Deaf rights

Over the weekend I attended the DeafView3 conference in Wellington. This proved to be both interesting and challenging with a wide range of topics covered, ranging from the changing nature of Deaf culture  though to  Māori deaf and  indigenous Deaf  issues. There were a number of speakers from overseas, including an excellent keynote speech by […]

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Removing discrimination: one small step at a time

One of the biggest challenges that many disabled people face is negative attitudes towards them, and assumptions made by others that their lives are not worth living, which can lead to systematic discrimination. Antenatal screening programmes, such as the national screening programme for Down syndrome are controversial, because if they are not carried out appropriately, […]

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First blind Scottish MP visits NZ

I had the privilege of meeting with Dennis Robertson,  a Member of the Scottish Parliament who  made waves by being the first blind person elected to that office. In common with myself and other elected representatives around the world with a significant sensory impairment, he needs appropriate support to be able to carry out his […]

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