Accessibility

Waimakariri Access Group

Nineteen years ago a number of local people, concerned about the needs of those with mobility issues, met to form a group to highlight these needs. They formed an Incorporated Society and developed a Constitution. Advocacy, education and training are amongst the aims to promote a “barrier free” District.

Events were run in all main centres under the name 'Wheel Show Em'. These promotions which raised awareness about physical and sensory limitations, caused a number of changes to be made by both the Council and local businesses.

The group were also instrumental in Council formulating an Accessibility Strategy (with an action plan) which is reported on to Council. From its early beginnings WAG has become more formalised and now is also an advisory group to the Council.

The Waimakariri Access Group is consumer led with current representation from:

  • Blind Low Vision NZ
  • Enabling Good Lives
  • IHC
  • Disabled Persons Assembly
  • CCS Disability Action
  • GreyPower N.C.
  • Concerned and interested members of the public.
  • Some service providers (Idea Services, Aspire Canterbury) also attend the group.
  • Waimakariri District Council appointment (Currently Councillor Joan Ward)

The AGM held in October saw the appointment of a new committee. The Deputy and currently Acting Chair is Shona Powell   - Email waimakaccess@wmk.govt.nz

Council staff from a number of Units continue to support the Access Group, ensuring issues identified in relation to Council are followed up, that consultation is undertaken as required and that staff participate in the annual training opportunity. This year it is taking place on Tuesday 9 November.  If you want to check out the Barrier free flyer that the group developed for business in our District, please click on the link.

Each Community Board also has a rep on WAG during their elected term. Currently the Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 11am-12.30pm – the venue sometimes changes depending on availability.

For further information relating to this group including recent or coming activities, please check out www.facebook.com/WaimakaririAccess or contact the Waimakariri District Council Community Team, 0800 965 468.