Disability policy statements from political parties
Representatives of the major political parties presented their disability policies to Auckland's disabled community on 31 October, at a pre-election forum hosted by the Parent & Family Resource Centre.
Issues debated included inclusive education, funding of service providers, strengthening New Zealand's support for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and accessible voting for blind people.
- National Party - statement by Maggie Barry, candidate for North Shore.
- Labour Party - statement by Carmel Sepuloni, list MP and candidate for Waitakere.
- Green Party - statement by Metiria Turei, co-Leader.
- ACT Party - statement by Jonathan Macfarlane, candidate for Manukau East.
- Mana Movement - statement by Sue Bradford, spokesperson for disability issues.
The RNZFB also wrote to each of the registered political parties ahead of the election to ask about their policies on a range of specific issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. Responses are posted in our General Election information hub.