Momentum Update March to Parliament Triumph and Key Milestones

It is incredible what can be achieved when passionate individuals and committed organisations come together for a common goal. The March to Parliament this time last week was a huge success, and we want to celebrate our collective achievements with you:

Check Out the March Photos and Speeches!

Curious to witness the passion, determination and unity that define our movement? Check out the photos that capture the essence of our March to Parliament and watch the video featuring speeches by:

  • Hon Penny Simmonds – Minister for Disability Issues
  • Juliana Carvalho – Access Matters Lead Campaigner
  • Lisa Seerup – President of Hearing NZ
  • Takutai Tarsh Kemp, MP for Tamaki Makaurau, Te Pāti Māori
  • Nīkau Wi Neera – Councillor, Wellington City Council
  • Joanne Dacombe – President of Disabled Person’s Assembly
  • Lew Findlay – Grey Power
  • Katrina Matich – Balloon Decor With A Twist
  • Sean Prenter – Co-President of the National Disabled Students’ Association
  • Kahurangi Carter – Green Party List Member and Disability Issues

March to Parliament grounds with MPs Minister and Supporters, many wearing orange and holding signs

MP Attendance – Advocacy in Action!

National Party

  • Hon Penny Simmonds, Minister for Disability Issues
  • Carl Bates, MP for Whanganui
  • Dr Carlos Cheung, MP for Mt Roskill
  • Tom Rutheford, MP for Bay of Plenty

ACT Party

  • Laura Trask MP

NZ First Party

  • Tanya Unkovich MP
  • Andy Foster MP

Labour Party

  • Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Disability Issues Spokesperson
  • Helen White, MP for Mount Albert
  • Shanan Halbert MP

Green Party

  • Kahurangi Carter MP, Disability Issues Spokesperson
  • Darleen Tana MP
  • Scott Willis MP

Te Pāti Māori

  • Takutai Tarsh Kemp, MP for Tāmaki Makaurau

Next Step – Keeping the Momentum!

Talk to your local MP and share with them why accessibility is important. If your local MP is one of the attendees, send them an email thanking them for coming along and ask for a meeting.

Keep the passion alive, advocates! Let's continue breaking barriers for a more accessible Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ngā mihi nui

Access Matters Aotearoa lead campaigner Juliana Carvalho with sign \

Juliana Carvalho for the Access Matters Campaign Team

Head of Advocacy - Blind Low Vision NZ

Access Matters Aotearoa logo

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