I often struggle with venue inaccessibility. An envisaged social engagement with my gym community was recently thwarted as the Council-owned, Tauranga Rowing Club turned out to be inaccessible to wheelchair users.
The building is in Memorial Park, Tauranga, a prime waterside public location. The rowing club hall was rented for a gym Social Saturday evening, but I couldn't get in.
We need access laws that ensure all community spaces are accessible to everyone.
This is a story about the barriers many face. We're sharing it because we want a law that puts accessibility at the heart of an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.