2024-25 Kōrero for Change

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2024/25 Kōrero for Change Online Webinar Series

What is Kōrero for Change?

Kōrero for Change spans one year (April 2024 - March/April 2025) and consists of seven online panel discussions, held every two months. Each discussion is themed around a key area of life where individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand encounter disabling experiences.

They are housing and the built environment, employment, transport, education, media and communication, digital and information systems and emergency response.

The key elements for our Kōrero for Change will include:

  • Fostering courageous conversations about ableism and inclusion in Aotearoa New Zealand with key stakeholders, government, and disabled people. By addressing these issues directly, we aim to stimulate new thinking, awareness, and action.
  • Empowering panelists to share their knowledge and experiences, bridge the gap between assumptions around disability, encouraging innovative and out-of-the-box thinking to address inequity. The approach is crucial for finding practical solutions to accessibility challenges.
  • Utilising international accessibility standards as thought-provoking case studies to inspire participants to envision an accessible and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. This practical approach can help participants reimagine the standard and methods that can be employed to achieve accessibility within the next decade.
  • Transparency and knowledge sharing by making recordings and summary notes from the panel discussions readily available to the public via our website.

Kōrero for Change is presented with thanks to funding from the J R McKenzie Trust and Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People.


The second webinar in our series is:

Housing and the Built Environment

The building and construction industry holds a pivotal role in helping to change the narrative around how disabled people are included. We will be calling on a disability expert to explain what ableism looks like in our urban landscape, and asking guest speakers,

"What is the role of housing and the built environment in the process of inclusion and belonging of people with disabilities?"

We will also be taking a closer look at robust accessibility legislation used in countries overseas.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024

Time: 9am to 12pm

Where: Zoom

Speakers: Karen Billings-Jensen - Age Concern New Zealand; Katie Bourke - CCS Disability Action; Steve Jenkins - GJ Gardner Homes; Dr Kay Saville-Smith - Centre of Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment; Paul Gilberd - Community Housing Aotearoa; Gareth Ready - Signature Construction; Thanh Nguyen - Beca; Dr Lee Beattie - School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland; Helen James - Lifemark; Dr Claire Flemmer - School of Built Environment, Massey University; Glen Frost - TEAM Architects New Zealand; Hon Kieran McAnulty - Labour Party; George Weeks - Kāinga Ora; Tara Moala - Tāmaki Regeneration Company; Bruce Sedcole - Building Research Association of New Zealand; Len Salt - Thames-Coromandel District Council; Dr Rod Barnett - School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington.

Registration: Via Zoom

Attending: Anyone with the desire to see improved access and inclusion for all of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population.

Programme: Word Doc, PDF, Large Print, NZSL, Easy Read PDF, Easy Read Word Doc, Glossy Version

Contact: Kimberly Graham via [email protected]


Our first webinar in the series was on Wednesday 10 April 2024:

Media and Communication

The Media holds a pivotal role in changing the narrative around how disabled people are portrayed. We will be calling on a disability expert to explain what ableism looks like in the media, and asking guest speakers, "What is the role of communication and media in the process of inclusion?" We will also be taking a closer look at robust accessibility standards used in Europe around the media.

Download the Webinar Transcript 

Programme: PDF, Word Doc, Easy Read PDF, Easy Read Word DocLarge Print, NZSL, BrailleAudio

Contact: Kimberly Graham via [email protected]


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