Horowhenua Disability Action Plan


Horowhenua District Council has developed the Horowhenua Disability Action Plan to assist disabled people in our community.  This is available for downloading below.


Why do we need a Disability Action Plan?

Disability affects the quality of life of many people in the Horowhenua District and at some stage it will affect each of us. According to the 2006 census, 17 percent of New Zealanders have a disability. Disabled people include those with long-term, physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. In Horowhenua District 26% of people are aged 60 and over (17% nationally) which means more people are likely to be experiencing reduced mobility and sensory impairments such as low vision and hearing impairment.
Disabled people have the same basic rights and freedoms belonging to all people - to be treated fairly and equally, with respect and dignity. Everyone has a right to:
  • be safe and protected from hurt
  • make their own decisions
  • have a good life
  • be involved in their community and society.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which New Zealand is a signatory to, guides governments on how to remove barriers and make sure disabled people have "full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms"[1].
In addition, the New Zealand Government adopted the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2001 to guide government action and to promote a more inclusive society. The Strategy acknowledges that local authorities have a significant impact on the lives of disabled people by the decisions they make.The Horowhenua Disability Action Plan will guide Council's planning and delivery of services and facilities. It should also ensure that our business is supporting the efforts of others in the disability sector.


Find out more

If you would like to know more about the Disability Action Plan, please email Garreth Stevens, Community Development Advisor, on garreths@horowhenua.govt.nz or phone Council on (06) 366 0999.

1] United Nations. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Optional Protocol, Article 1. Retrieved from www.un.org