The Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Sub Committee meets quarterly. The remaining meeting dates for 2019 are:
More dates will be set following the 2019 triennial election.
1.1 million or 24% of people in New Zealand identify as being disabled. This represents almost a quarter of New Zealand’s population and translates, in Lower Hutt, to 24,480 people living with disabilities.
People aged 65 or over are more likely to be disabled (59 per cent) than adults under 65 years (21 per cent) or children under 15 years (11 per cent) and Māori and Pacific people have higher than average disability rates.
Council works actively within the disability sector to advance the rights and aspirations of disabled people and to develop the AIP Plan 2017-2027 (PDF 109KB). This plan outlines the goals and key performance indicators that Council and the disability community will focus on achieving over the next ten years.
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference for the Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Subcommittee (PDF 92 KB)
Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Sub Committee Minutes 20 June 2018 (PDF 374.5 KB)
Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Sub Committee Minutes 11 April 2018 (PDF 118.4 KB)
Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Sub Committee Minutes 31 January 2018 (PDF 146.5 KB)
Agenda for the Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Sub Committee 3 October 2018 (PDF 110.1 KB)
Sub Committee Members
My interest in being on the HCC’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan Sub Committee comes from my interest in facilities and services being accessible and inclusive to everyone, irrespective is disability or impairment. People should be able to choose what activities or services they use and not be held back by barriers.
I have lived experience of disability myself and work in the disability sector. I have worked in the area of Vocational Employment, Housing Modifications and Assistive Technology and for the past 12 years, have run my own business helping people with disabilities access the assistive technology they need for work, study or leisure. I also work with business & organizations who want to become more accessible to the 24% of the population who have access needs.
Roles within the Disability Community are:
- Chair the My Life My Way Transport Working Group.
- Member of Life Unlimited Disabled Group.
- Secretary of the NZ Hansa Class Association for Sailors with Disabilities.
Other Community involvement:
- Member of Venus Women’s Networking Group
- Member of two Toastmasters clubs.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Being outdoors with my Guide Dog. Swimming. Reading. Craft.
You can contact me by email at: Genevieve.McLachlan@huttcity.govt.nz
I am disabled with the effects of Multiple Sclerosis and am keen to do whatever I can to optimise life quality for Hutt Valley disabled citizens. I previously worked in management for Resene Paints and I am on the MyLifeMyWay transport and design committees. I attend weekly sessions at Laura Ferguson Trust to keep my brain active. I also enjoy spending time with my family and also reading and music.
“South Pacific Islanders are close family of Aotearoa. Therefore they are no burden to us by definition”
You can contact me by email at: Paul.Gruschow@huttcity.govt.nz
Hi there, my name is Stew Sexton, a resident in Eastbourne Lower Hutt. I own an accessibility awareness consulting business called AbilityDis Consulting – putting ability before disability.
I joined the AIP Sub Committee because I want to make the Hutt Valley and the wider Wellington region a more accessible and inclusive place for disabled people to live, work and play in. I want to encourage other disabled people to be able to lead and enjoy a fore filling life here in Lower Hutt. I want to help the Hutt City Council in all aspects of accessibility.
I am also Chair of CCS Disability Action Wellington Branch, Deputy Chair of Arts Access Aotearoa, and a committee member of My Life My Way here in Lower Hutt.
A strategic thinker I also bring a number of other skills to the role including knowledge and experience in all areas of accessibility, relationship building and ongoing account management, presenting, training and public speaking and leadership skills.
When I’m not making the world a more accessible place I enjoy “running” (in my wheelchair), biking (handcycling), baking. I also have 40 plus years of lived experience of disability.
You can contact me by email at: Stew.firstname.lastname@example.org
I wanted to become a team player with the HCC’s AIP Sub Committee, because I understood that this was a group with an interest and commitment for facilitating change; thereby improving lifestyle activities for those facing disability barriers within our community. I hope to share my knowledge, experience and skills and learn more from others.
I am a Nurse, having a special interest in Paediatrics, especially for children with high and complex needs. As a result of my clinical practice and years of experience, I ventured into the realm of community-based ‘work’, establishing an autonomous Trust and becoming a ‘Share Care’ mum; the first of its kind, someone, who gives support (or Respite Care) to families raising a child with ‘special needs’. I regularly come face to face with obstacles, that impact upon daily life for those with different abilities. If one is keen to understand these issues in a very simplistic way, offer to push a wheelchair for someone, around the streets of Lower Hutt! Or, just for fun, try a park or the beach!
I love what I do, being a home maker, gardening, walking, singing, dancing and generally trying to enjoy life!
I wanted to be on the AIP Sub Committee so that I could become part of a group that works in the disability area. I play many roles including one of the treasurer's in The Fantails - Upper Hutt. I like walking friendly dogs, I love to do workouts at the gym and I do volunteering vacuuming with the Upper Hutt Salvation Army Church. I also have interests in knitting, crocheting plus walking friendly dogs.
Hi all my name is Lois Ledingham and I became interested in the AIP Sub Committee to not only improve the facilities within the region for people with disabilities, but to increase the awareness within HCC about the concerns relating to people with disabilities and how we as a committee can improve the information/facilities available within the community for people with disabilities. I have been involved in the disabilities sector for 34 years. I have a son with a disability and I am employed by a Trust within this sector as well. Being employed by the Trust, which is a facility for young adults with disabilities, I am aware of the barriers that they face and try to get them included in the community as much as possible. This has so far involved visiting libraries, schools and getting out and experiencing the opportunity to connect with the community. I enjoy reading and craft and spending time with the family.
Get in touch
Send any enquiries about the Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan (AIP) Sub Committee to either: